Blurring The Lines On Prototyping
More granular approaches emerge for when to use physical and virtual prototyping, and frequently both.
Apr 28, 2015

Enabling FPGA prototyping of large ASIC and SoC designs
How tool parallelism, automatic partitioning, deep debug memories and time domain multiplexing eases FPGA prototyping of large ASIC and SoC designs.
Apr 27, 2015

Developing and integrating configurable GPU IP using FPGA-based prototyping
How Imagination Technologies used FPGA-based prototyping to develop its GPU IP and integrate it into a real world system
Apr 20, 2015

ASIC Prototypes Take the Express Lane for Faster System Validation
Demand for earlier availability of ASIC prototypes during a SoC design project is increasing because of the effort and cost to develop software drivers, firmware, and applications. Industry surveys show that design teams now spend up to 50% of engineering budget on software development. This urgency is pushing commercial vendors of FPGA-based prototypes to field products that can demonstrate improved productivity for the engineers that are responsible for hardware/software integration and system validation. This article examines the state-of-the-art in FPGA-based prototyping tools and the benefits they deliver.
Feb 12, 2015

Prototyping Imagination’s PowerVR Series6XT Dual-Cluster 64-Core GPU
Imagination’s approach to graphics processor unit (GPU) development is to provide scalable IP that can support the demands of a broad range of applications, from wearables and mobile devices to high-end gaming and computing. Satisfying the requirements of all of these markets is only possible by creating architectures that can deliver the highest levels of performance while minimizing both area and power.
Dec 09, 2014

Using HAPS-DX for system-level deep trace debug
Debugging an ASIC design in an FPGA-based prototyping system can be a lot like disciplining a puppy. If you happen to be there at the exact moment the transgression occurs and understand what led up to that moment, administering an effective correction might be possible.
Nov 20, 2014

Accelerating ‘time to prototype’ with ProtoCompiler
A look at a tool and a flow that makes it easier to put designs onto a HAPS physical prototyping system for verification, debug and software development purposes.
Oct 15, 2014

Prototyping solutions for validation of complex ASIC IP
An in-depth look at the role of FPGA-based prototyping and the validation use cases it offers when integrating complex blocks.
Mar 24, 2014

Using HAPS to streamline IP to SoC integration
The HAPS prototyping system can help designers integrate IP into SoCs more quickly. About 70% of ASIC designs use FPGA-based prototyping for system validation. The technique’s rising popularity is being driven by two trends.
Jan 07, 2014

Tech Talk: FPGA Prototyping
How to deal with integration challenges at the front end of the design process.
Jan 03, 2014

A little FPGA-based prototyping takes the eXpress
Ever sat around waiting for a time slot on the one piece of big, powerful, expensive engineering equipment everyone in the building wants to use? It’s frustrating for engineers, and a project manager’s nightmare: a tool that can deliver big results, and a lot of schedule juggling.
Dec 26, 2013

HAPS-70 prototyping family focusses on IP and subsystem development
Synopsys has extended its prototyping offering with HAPS Developer eXpress (HAPS-DX), that supports up to four million ASIC gates and integrates with HAPS-70 systems to enable seamless software development, hardware/software integration and system validation from IP to complete SoCs.
Dec 17, 2013

Consistency key to gaining the advantages of IP integration
With pressure on time to market always increasing, what designers need most as they move along this path is consistency, consistency that ensures that, for example, the unit tests written to run on an FPGA-based prototype of a standalone IP block will also work when that block is subsumed into a SoC-level FPGA-based prototype, and later into the SoC.
Dec 16, 2013

Synopsys puts physical IP prototypes into developer’s hands
Synopsys is launching FPGA-based IP prototyping boards to join its existing HAPS family of system prototyping solutions. The idea is to make it easier both to share physical prototypes of IP blocks and subsystems with developers who need to work with real hardware, and to make it easier to integrate those blocks into a system-level prototype.
Dec 16, 2013

More to the story than bigger FPGA-based prototyping
Still not convinced on the value of FPGA-based prototyping systems, or using older technology? I’ve been trying to find the story beyond just bigger, badder FPGAs in a box that you pour RTL into – and found some hints in a webinar on the Synopsys HAPS-70 from earlier this year.
Aug 19, 2013

Modern FPGA-Based Prototyping Systems Accelerate the Transition from Stand-Alone IP Block Validation to Integrated Systems
FPGA-based prototypes have become a mainstream part of the systems-on-chip (SoC) design process and are now synonymous with the system validation phase of design. SoC prototyping methodologies and the application of FPGA ICs for system validation have emerged due to the changing nature of SoC development costs and the design challenges facing engineering teams.
Aug 13, 2013

The fixed and the finite: QoR in FPGAs
There is an intriguingly amorphous term in FPGA design circles lately: Quality of Results, or QoR. Fitting a design in an FPGA is just the start - is a design optimal in real estate, throughput, power consumption, and IP reuse? Paradoxically, as FPGAs get bigger and take on bigger signal processing problems, QoR has become a larger concern.
Jul 22, 2013

Using a PCIe over Cabling-based platform to create hybrid FPGA/virtual platform prototypes
By linking a virtual and FPGA-based prototype together, a new prototyping category is created, referred to as 'hybrid'. The motivation for hybrid prototypes is largely driven by engineering and program management as a way to accelerate the availability of prototypes. This is accomplished by mixing the SoC block prototypes (virtual or FPGA) that are most readily available to the development team.
May 21, 2013

Electronic Design Announces 2012 Best Electronic Design Award Winners
The Staff of Electronic Design, selected Synopsys’ HAPS-70 next generation FPGA-basesd prototyping solution as one of Electronic Design’s Best of 2012.
Dec 05, 2012

Accelerate Software Development with High-Performance FPGA-based Prototyping
Neil Songcuan, senior product marketing manager at Synopsys, explains how Synopsys' next-generation HAPS®-70 FPGA-based prototyping solution is enabling faster pre-silicon software development, better system validation and improved hardware-software integration of IP and SoC designs.
Dec 05, 2012

EDA Tools Got Faster And Easier To Use In 2012
Editor, Joe Desposito, Electronic Design, notes that the Synopsys HAPS-70 series FPGA-based prototyping systems improve performance by a factor of three while increasing prototyping capacity to 144 million ASIC gates.
Nov 28, 2012

Hybrid Prototyping Delivers the Best of Both Virtual and FPGA Prototyping to SOC Hardware and Software Teams
Troy Scott, product marketing manager, at Synopsys, explains how the complexity and cost of software development is impacting the timely introduction of new electronic system products, often undermining a product's market acceptance due to bugs that hide until after production.
Aug 03, 2012

The Best of Both Worlds for SoC Prototyping
Troy Scott, product marketing manager, at Synopsys, discusses how Synopsys’ Hybrid Prototyping is the first complete, commercially available SoC design prototyping solution to seamlessly integrate virtual and FPGA-based prototyping environments.
Jun 15, 2012

Prototyping System Designs on FPGAs
Editor Graham Pitcher, New Electronics, highlights the new FPGA-based Prototyping Methodology Manual (FPMM), co-authored by Synopsys and Xilinx.
Mar 22, 2011

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