Ask Not How FPGA Prototyping Differs From Emulation – Ask How FPGA Prototyping and Emulation Can Benefit You

Ask Not How FPGA Prototyping Differs From Emulation – Ask How FPGA Prototyping and Emulation Can Benefit You
by Daniel Nenni on 11-17-2022 at 10:00 am

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The differences between commercial FPGA Prototyping (“Prototyping”) and Emulation have been well documented by the purveyors of commercial Prototyping and Emulation solutions, and the technical media.  What has received less coverage is how Prototyping benefits differ from Emulation benefits.  Both are intended to reduce… Read More


WEBINAR: A Revolution in Prototyping and Emulation

WEBINAR: A Revolution in Prototyping and Emulation
by Daniel Nenni on 08-23-2022 at 6:00 am

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This webinar will introduce to you a revolutionary new way to do prototyping and emulation at best-in-class performance, productivity, and pricing by unifying the hardware and a new software stack so one system is capable of prototyping and delivering essential emulation functionality.

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The speed of Moore’s law… Read More


White Paper: Advanced SoC Debug with Multi-FPGA Prototyping

White Paper: Advanced SoC Debug with Multi-FPGA Prototyping
by Daniel Nenni on 04-19-2022 at 10:00 am

S2C EDA Prototyping White Paper 2022

S2C EDA recently released a whitepaper written by a good friend of mine Steve Walters. Steve and I have worked together many times throughout our careers and I consider him to be one of my trusted few, especially in regards to prototyping and emulation. Steve is also my co author on the book “Prototypical II The Practice of FPGA-Based… Read More


S2C’s FPGA Prototyping Solutions

S2C’s FPGA Prototyping Solutions
by Kalar Rajendiran on 02-10-2022 at 10:00 am

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Prototyping solutions have been in the news a lot lately. And FPGA-based prototyping approach is pretty widely used. On a panel session at DAC 2021, Amir Salek, Head of Silicon for Cloud and Infrastructure at Google had the following to say. Prototyping FPGA is a tremendous platform for testing and validation. We are doubling down… Read More


From Now to 2025 – Changes in Store for Hardware-Assisted Verification

From Now to 2025 – Changes in Store for Hardware-Assisted Verification
by Daniel Nenni on 01-12-2022 at 6:00 am

Jean Marie Brunet

Lauro Rizzatti recently interviewed Jean-Marie Brunet, vice president of product management and product engineering in the Scalable Verification Solution division at Siemens EDA, about why hardware-assisted verification is a must have for today’s semiconductor designs. A condensed version of their discussion is below.… Read More


PCIe 6.0, LPDDR5, HBM2E and HBM3 Speed Adapters to FPGA Prototyping Solutions

PCIe 6.0, LPDDR5, HBM2E and HBM3 Speed Adapters to FPGA Prototyping Solutions
by Kalar Rajendiran on 12-15-2021 at 6:00 am

Avery PCIe Speed Adapter IP at Work

We live in the age of big data. No matter how fast and complex modern SoCs are, it all comes down to how quickly data can get in and out that determines the system performance. And, there is a lot of data that today’s systems need to process. Naturally, system interfaces such as PCIe, DDR, HBM, etc., have been evolving rapidly too, to support… Read More


Successful SoC Debug with FPGA Prototyping – It’s Really All About Planning and Good Judgement

Successful SoC Debug with FPGA Prototyping – It’s Really All About Planning and Good Judgement
by Daniel Nenni on 10-21-2021 at 6:00 am

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Using FPGAs to prototype and debug SoCs as part of the SoC design verification hierarchy was pioneered by Quickturn Design Systems in the late 1980’s, and I have observed a wide variety of FPGA prototyping projects over the years.  In retrospect, three factors have determined the success of the FPGA prototyping project;

  1. A good
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Podcast EP35: Benefits of FPGA Based Prototyping

Podcast EP35: Benefits of FPGA Based Prototyping
by Daniel Nenni on 08-27-2021 at 10:00 am

Dan is joined by Ying Chen, VP of marketing & international sales at S2C. Dan and Ying explore the various uses and benefits of FPGA-based prototyping, including the different architectures available and cloud access.

Mr. Chen is a dynamic technologist with over 23 years of technical and business experiences in digital … Read More


The Quest for Bugs: “Shift-Left, Right?”

The Quest for Bugs: “Shift-Left, Right?”
by Bryan Dickman on 08-10-2021 at 10:00 am

Quest for Bugs Shift Left EDA

Shift-left, why?

Shift-left testing is an approach to software and system testing which is performed earlier in the lifecycle (that is, moved left on the project timeline). It is the first half of the “Test early and often” maxim that was coined by Larry Smith in 2001.

It’s now an established idea, much talked about … Read More


Prototypical II PDF is now available!

Prototypical II PDF is now available!
by Daniel Nenni on 08-02-2021 at 6:00 am

Prototypical II

Our latest book has finally been published! A PDF version of “Prototypical II – The Practice of FPGA Prototyping for SoC Design” is now available in the SemiWiki book section. The first book “Prototypical – The Emergence of FPGA Prototyping for SoC Design” was published in 2016 and a lot … Read More