Many design teams using ARM IP are building consumer-based applications with very tight time-to-market windows. While there are many benefits to using ARM soft IP, the conversion to hardened blocks is often time-consuming and expensive. This article describes a new reference methodology which shortens development cycles by providing fast RTL-to-GDSII implementation path while ensuring highly predictable performance, power, and area results.

Reprinted in its entirety from ARM IQ Vol. 3, No. 2