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


Secret Sauce of SmartDV and its CEO’s Vision

Secret Sauce of SmartDV and its CEO’s Vision
by Pawan Fangaria on 08-26-2015 at 4:00 pm

SmartDV started as a small setup in Bangalore in 2008 and by now is one of the most respectable VIP (Verification IP) companies in the world. Having a portfolio of 83 VIPs in its kitty and growing, it has a large customer base, including the top semiconductor companies around the world. The company has grown significantly and is raring… Read More


Real FPGAs don’t eat fake test vectors

Real FPGAs don’t eat fake test vectors
by Don Dingee on 06-26-2014 at 8:00 am

Vector blasting hardware is as old as digital test methodology itself. In the days of relatively simple combinational and finite state machine logic, a set of vectors aimed broadside at inputs could shake loose most faults with observable outputs. With FPGAs, creating an effective set of artificial test vectors has become a lot… Read More