HAPS®-Developer eXpress (HAPS-DX) Series  

Physical Prototypes Ideal for Prototyping ASIC Blocks and IP 

The Synopsys HAPS Developer eXpress (HAPS-DX) provides best of class prototyping hardware and automation software tools, ProtoCompiler DX, in a package that is focused on rapid bring-up and accelerating the availability of ASIC RTL block and IP prototypes for design teams who need state-of-the-art prototyping solutions. HAPS-DX uses Xilinx Virtex®-7 FPGAs for capacity up to 6 million ASIC gates with a flexible I/O interface architecture to support both Synopsys HapsTrak 3 and industry standard FPGA Mezzanine Card (FMC) formats for real-world connections.

With development cycles shrinking and software content growing, the demand for software-driven, in-context validation of new ASIC RTL blocks and IP requires that physical prototypes be delivered as fast as possible. To accelerate prototype assembly after each ASIC RTL "drop" - integrated software tools for FPGA logic synthesis, RTL debug, and prototype bring-up help reduce the time necessary to execute validation scenarios and conduct software integration tasks within days or weeks rather than months.

HAPS-DX Hardware System with Automation and Debug Software
HAPS-DX Hardware System with Automation and Debug Software

For more information on the HAPS-DX series contact your local Synopsys sales office or send an email to physical-prototyping@synopsys.com.

PDF HAPS-DX Brochure

HAPS-DX Features:
  • Supports ANSI standard FMC and Synopsys HapsTrak 3 connectors for maximum I/O flexibility
  • Includes best of class ASIC source compilers and prototype logic synthesis for fast prototype bring-up
  • Provides simulator-like visibility into prototype operation with gigabyte capacity trace storage
  • Integrates Xilinx Virtex-7 FPGA, DDR3 memory, PCI Express end-point, and UMRBus for a flexible and programmable prototyping platform
  • Modular architecture and design flow integrates with high-capacity Synopsys HAPS-70 Series for full systems-on-chip validation and hardware/software integration scenarios
  • Compatible with ProtoCompiler for combined use of HAPS-DX/70/80 Series systems
HAPS Accessories and Software:

Easy Bring-Up
HAPS-DX software, ProtoCompiler DX, accelerates availability of the prototype with prototype logic synthesis tailored for FPGA-based prototypes. Design compilers are compatible with popular HDL standards, ASIC HDL coding styles, and DesignWare IP. ASIC design constraint recognition of Synopsys Design Constraints (SDC) and Universal Power Format (UPF) speeds the migration of timing and power intent into the prototype. Fast compile modes reduce the review time of RTL and provides up to five times faster throughput than traditional FPGA synthesis tools. Fast bring-up options like HAPS clock optimization allow even the most complex ASIC clocking schemes to be implemented quickly in clock-limited FPGA architectures.

Learn about HAPS-DX FPGA-based prototyping system, from Joachim Kunkel, Senior VP & GM of the Synopsys Solutions Group.

I/O interfaces compatible with both industry standard FPGA Mezzanine Card (FMC) and HAPS HapsTrak 3 formats provide designers with a wide selection of daughter boards which helps to minimize the effort to assemble prototypes that connect to real-world interfaces.

HAPS Daughter Boards
VITA's FMC Website

Non-Intrusive and High-Capacity Debug
RTL debug and high-capacity storage options like HAPS Deep Trace Debug with up to 4 GBytes of storage and Synopsys Verdi integration provides a simulator-like debug interface for the prototype with the capacity to store full seconds of signal trace data for easier protocol compliance checks or wide signal visibility.

Reuse and Integration with HAPS-70
HAPS-DX compatibility with HAPS-70 Series systems expands the prototype capacity to make full SoC validation feasible. Reuse of design blocks and HAPS-DX hardware avoids lengthy re-compile and place-and-route cycles. HAPS-DX based on Xilinx Virtex-7 devices provides up to four million ASIC gates of capacity with Configurable Logic Block (CLBs), RAM, and DSP resources ideal for ASIC block module and IP validation. High-performance I/O and embedded PCI Express support up to x8 Gen 2 and other popular communication protocols.

Flexible Prototype Connectivity Options
HAPS-DX enables early software development by allowing the combination of virtual and FPGA-based prototypes. HAPS-DX's integrated Synopsys Universal Multi-Resource Bus (UMRBus) interface and optional AMBA transactors provide a seamless connection between a HAPS-DX system and the Virtual Development Kits (VDKs) generated by Synopsys Virtualizer™ to create an integrated hybrid prototyping environment.

Hybrid Prototyping Solution video

HAPS-DX Synthesis & Implementation Features
HAPS-DX provides Linux OS compatible best of class synthesis and implementation tools, ProtoCompiler DX, focused on rapid bring-up and accelerating the availability of ASIC RTL block and IP prototypes.

ASIC RTL/IP Migration
  • Automatic Gated Clock Conversion
  • Synopsys DesignWare IP compatible
  • Synopsys Design Constraint (SDC) compatible
  • Infer isolation/retention logic from UPF
  • Shared source files for ASIC and FPGA
Fast HDL Analysis
  • Continue on error for fast code diagnosis
  • Incremental block-based flows
  • Fast compile mode – five times faster with minimal QoR impact
Industry Leading FPGA Logic Synthesis
  • SystemVerilog, VHDL 2008, Verilog HDL, VHDL, and mixed language support
  • High quality synthesis results
  • Scripting and Tcl/Find for flow automation
  • Graphical output of RTL and FSMs

HAPS-DX Connectivity & Debug Features
RTL debug features and HAPS UMRBus (Universal Multi-Resource Bus) Interface connects the HAPS-DX to a host workstation for system monitoring, RTL debug, and advanced verification scenarios.

PDFHAPS-DX Transaction-Based Validation Suite Datasheet

RTL or netlist instrumentation and debug
  • Set sample/trigger from RTL or netlist views
  • See live system state annotated to RTL
  • Synopsys Verdi/Siloti data exchange via ESDB/FSDB
Maximize sample time / signal storage
  • On-board DDR3 sample storage
  • Logic analyzer interface and control
  • Selective sampling and mux groups
HAPS-DX hardware bring-up automation
  • UMRBus connectivity for CAPIM access
  • Validate system configuration
Expanded prototype use modes
  • Integrate physical and virtual prototypes for even earlier prototype availability and in-context IP validation using CPU subsystems
  • Communicate with a Synopsys Virtualizer Development Kit (VDK) via AMBA protocol transactors
  • Optional library HAPS-DX Transactor Library for AMBA sold separately

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