Partitioning Challenges In Multi-FPGA Prototyping

Multi-FPGA prototyping of ASIC & SoC designs enables the highest clock rates among emulation techniques. However, design setup for prototyping is much more complicated and challenging. In this White Paper we uncover the common challenges of partitioning design to multiple FPGAs and provide solutions that will improve your prototype quality and shorten time spent on design setup. To read ... » read more

Is Verification Falling Behind?

Every year that [getkc id="74" comment="Moore's Law"] is in effect means that the [getkc id="10" kc_name="verification"] task gets larger and more complex. At one extreme, verification complexity increases at the square of design complexity, but that assumes that every state in the design is usable and unique. On the other hand, verification has not had the luxury that comes with design reuse b... » read more

Partitioning With Ease

Modern ASIC and SoC designs have increased in complexity such that multiple FPGAs of the largest capacity are now required to prototype the entire functionality of the design. As design sizes increase, more and more FPGAs are required. The capacity and pin limitations of FPGAs create constraints for how the ASIC/SoC design can be mapped into the FPGAs. Aldec’s HES-DVM's prototyping mode accou... » read more

Using FPGAs For Emulation

For many years, emulators were available only to verification teams working on the largest projects in companies with deep enough pockets. Due to size rather than capabilities they were called “Big Box” emulators and typically were used in order to recover some of the time lost on RTL simulation. Meanwhile, FPGA technology has been available long enough to mature to the point where FPGA bas... » read more

Prototyping Partitioning Problems

Gaps are widening in the prototyping of large, complex chips because the speed and capacity of the FPGA is not keeping pace with rapid rollout pace of advanced ASICs. This is a new twist for a well-established market. Indeed, prototyping with FPGAs is as old as the [gettech id="31071" t_name="FPGAs"] themselves. Even before they were called FPGAs, logic accelerators or LCAs (logic cell ar... » read more

Going On A Quest

Over the extended Thanksgiving weekend, I went with my family to a hotel with built-in entertainment. The hotel had so many amenities as to make sure that you would never want to leave it: a water park, an arcade, multiple restaurants, miniature golf, and the list goes on. The water park was the main attraction and ensured multiple hours of fun for the entire family each day. A wave pool, in... » read more

Prototyping Building Blocks

Lego has existed for 85 years. The company was founded August 10, 1932, and after all these years, the concept of building structures big and small still hasn’t lost any of its charm. For my children, now 10 and 12, it is probably the most played with toy throughout their childhood. As with any new purchase, they initially and carefully build the specific design for the instructions included ... » read more

Verification And Validation Don’t Mean The Same Thing

While often used intermixed, verification and validation are quite different procedures with different goals and different means to achieve those goals. No better way to clear up the confusion by starting with some definitions as stated by Wikipedia, “Verification is intended to check that a product, service, or system (or porti... » read more

Software Driven Test Of FPGA Prototype

Most everyone would agree how important FPGA prototyping is to test and validate an IP, sub-system, or a complete SoC design. Before the design is taped-out it can be validated at speeds near real operating conditions with physical peripherals and devices connected to it instead of simulation models. At the same time, these designs are not purely hardware, but these days incorporate a significa... » read more

Prototyping ARM Cortex-A Processors Using FPGA Platforms

With the increasing cost and complexity involved in new SoC (System-on-Chip) designs, FPGA (Field Programmable Gate Array) prototyping is becoming an increasingly important, or even crucial, part of new SoC projects. By offering a way to get to hardware sooner, FPGA prototyping allows hardware verification and software work to begin earlier, before first silicon, effectively pipelining the desi... » read more

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