Week In Review: Design, Low Power

Large FPGA; NAND flash controller PHY; Synopsys results.


Xilinx debuted the Virtex UltraScale+ VU19P, which the company says is now the world’s largest FPGA at 1.6X the size of its predecessor. The VU19P features 35 billion transistors, 9 million system logic cells, up to 1.5 terabits per-second of DDR4 memory bandwidth and up to 4.5 terabits per-second of transceiver bandwidth, and over 2,000 user I/Os. With a set of debug, visibility tools, and IP, the FPGA targets prototyping and emulation of complex SoCs as well as the development of algorithms for AI, machine learning, and sensor fusion. It will be generally available in the fall of 2020.

Arasan Chip Systems uncorked its NAND Flash Controller PHY and I/O Pad IP for UMC 28nm SoC designs compliant to the latest ONFI 4.1 Specifications. The PHY IP is also backward compatible with ONFI 4.0 and 3.2 specifications. The ONFI NAND PHY and I/O Pad IP can be integrated with Arasan’s NAND Flash IP Controller or with customers proprietary NAND Flash Controllers through a simplified version of the standard DDR DFI Interface. The NAND Flash PHY IP supports 1.2v and 1.8v out of the box, with 2.5v and 3.3v are optionally supported on request.

Codasip released new versions of its Codasip Studio and CodeSpace software. Version 8.1.0 adds support for SW breakpoints as well as support for Synopsys VCS.

HDL Design House launched an SoC IoT Platform using the Arm Corstone foundation IP package. The platform offers a pre-verified, modular design that serves as a starting development point for a range of IoT applications from smart home to industrial and agricultural. Documentation includes architectural and micro-architectural specifications, synthesis scripts, detailed test plans, verification environment in SystemVerilog/UVM and test cases.

Synopsys reported third quarter 2019 financial results with revenue of $853.0 million, up 9.4% from the same quarter last year. On a GAAP basis, earnings per share were $0.65 for the quarter, up 25% from $0.52 Q3 last year. Non-GAAP earnings per share for Q3 2019 were $1.18, up 24% from $0.95. The company raised guidance for the year and expects revenue of $3.34 billion – $3.37 billion, even though the U.S.-China trade situation and “entities ban” has affected revenue.

Check out upcoming industry events and conferences: India is in focus next week, as Cadence will host CDNLive Aug. 28-29 in Bengaluru, and Mentor will host its Forum for Verification on Aug. 28 in Bengaluru and Aug. 30 in Hyderabad. Next month, Synopsys’ SNUG Austin will take place on Sept. 11. The Arm Research Summit will also be in Austin, Texas on Sept. 15-18.

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