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3 in 1 Hardware Verification

3 in 1 Hardware Verification
by Bernard Murphy on 11-14-2016 at 12:00 pm

Aldec has offered front-end EDA tools for over 30 years but may not be a familiar name to mainstream IC design engineers. That’s probably because for most that period they haven’t really targeted IC design. They have been much more focused on PC-based design for FPGAs particularly where requirements traceability has been important,… Read More


Protium for the win in software development

Protium for the win in software development
by Don Dingee on 11-02-2016 at 4:00 pm

Cadence Design Systems is a long-standing provider in hardware emulation, but a relative newcomer to FPGA-based prototyping. In an upcoming lunch and learn session on November 11 in San Jose, Cadence teams will be outlining their productivity strategy. What’s different with their approach and why is this worth a lunch?… Read More


S2C adds support for Juno ARM dev platform

S2C adds support for Juno ARM dev platform
by Don Dingee on 10-19-2016 at 4:00 pm

We’ve had several blogs introducing the Juno ARM Development Platform as a vehicle for ARMv8-A software development. S2C has jumped in with a module connecting their FPGA-based prototyping platform to the Juno, enabling more advanced IP… Read More


Time-saving modules expand Prototype Ready family

Time-saving modules expand Prototype Ready family
by Don Dingee on 07-13-2016 at 4:00 pm

A big advantage of FPGA-based prototyping is the ability to run real-world I/O at-speed, significantly faster and more accurately than hardware emulation systems typically requiring a protocol adapter. Dealing with real-world I/O means more thorough verification of SoC integration, and the opportunity to optimize systems… Read More


S2C tutorial and PROTOTYPICAL debut at DAC

S2C tutorial and PROTOTYPICAL debut at DAC
by Don Dingee on 05-18-2016 at 4:00 pm

It’s been a busy few days here in Canyon Lake, and we’re ready to share exciting news in advance of #53DAC coming up on Monday, June 6[SUP]th[/SUP]. S2C is offering a technical program tutorial on “Overcoming the Challenges of FPGA Prototyping” followed by the launch of our latest book project, “PROTOTYPICAL”, including a field… Read More


Software-Driven Verification Drives Tight Links between Emulation and Prototyping

Software-Driven Verification Drives Tight Links between Emulation and Prototyping
by Bernard Murphy on 04-28-2016 at 12:00 pm

I’ve mentioned many times what has become a very common theme in SoC and system verification – it has to be driven by the software because any concept of exhaustively verifying “everything” is neither feasible nor meaningful. Emulation has become a critical component of this flow in validating and regressing… Read More


Solving the Next Big SoC Challenges with FPGA Prototyping

Solving the Next Big SoC Challenges with FPGA Prototyping
by Daniel Nenni on 03-01-2016 at 4:00 pm

The health of the semiconductor industry revolves around the “start”. Chip design starts translate to wafer starts, and both support customer design wins and product shipments. Roadmaps develop for expanding product offerings, and capital expenditures flow in to add capacity enabling more chip designs and wafer starts. If… Read More


Aldec reprograms HES7 for AXI4 speed

Aldec reprograms HES7 for AXI4 speed
by Don Dingee on 02-26-2016 at 4:00 pm

FPGA-based prototyping firms are all grappling with the problem of higher speed connectivity between a development host and their hardware. Aldec is announcing their solution at DVCon 2016, turning to an AMBA AXI4 interface bridged into a host with PCIe x8.

Faster host interfaces deliver dual benefits in FPGA-based prototyping.… Read More


S2C opens up FPGA prototyping for PCIe fabrics

S2C opens up FPGA prototyping for PCIe fabrics
by Don Dingee on 02-23-2016 at 4:00 pm

Reconfigurable computing began with FPGA cards dropped into expansion slots in workstations. FPGA-based prototyping vendors tended away from that model as interconnect speeds rose and cabling complexity between modules increased. Much faster PCIe interfacing and bigger FPGAs mean revisiting the concept.… Read More


Fastest SoC time-to-success: emulators, or FPGA-based prototypes?

Fastest SoC time-to-success: emulators, or FPGA-based prototypes?
by Don Dingee on 02-11-2016 at 12:00 pm

Hardware emulators and FPGA-based prototyping systems are descendants of the same ancestor. The Quickturn Systems Rapid Prototype Machine (RPM) introduced in May 1988 brought an array of Xilinx XC3090 FPGAs to emulate designs with hundreds of thousands of gates. From there, hardware emulators and FPGA-based prototyping … Read More