S2C shares expert FPGA prototyping knowledge at 2016 Design Automation Conference
May 17, 2016

DAC Technical Program Tutorial and FPGA Prototyping Book Set Stage for Design Success


SAN JOSE, Calif.—— May 17, 2016——
S2C, a leading provider of FPGA-based rapid prototyping solutions, will share their vast experience of the FPGA prototyping world with the delivery of tutorial as part of the DAC technical program titled "Overcoming Challenges of FPGA Prototyping" and the release of the jointly authored book with SemiWiki, "PROTOTYPICAL: The Emergence of FPGA-Based Prototyping for SoC Design."

The tutorial will explore the techniques for FPGA prototyping success and will feature case study examples from FPGA prototyping users. The tutorial will be held on Monday, June 6 at 10:30 AM. Interested DAC attendees can register at http://www2.dac.com/events/eventdetails.aspx?id=200-163.

DAC attendees can also gain valuable FPGA prototyping knowledge with the book about FPGA prototyping that covers the history and future of FPGA prototyping. The book also includes a useful field guide on how to employ FPGA prototyping effectively as well as a forward written by FPGA prototyping visionary, Mon-Ren Chene, CTO of S2C. Attendees can attend a book signing event in the S2C booth #1928 on Monday, June 6 from 1:30 PM to 3:30 PM to pick up their autographed copy of the book and meet the authors, Dan Nenni, Don Dingee, and Mon-Ren Chene.

DAC Tutorial Abstract

Due to both simulation speed and modeling accuracy limitations, designers are increasingly finding it difficult to rely only on software simulations to verify that their hardware design is correct. Running your SoC design on a FPGA prototype is the most reliable way to ensure that your design is functionally correct.

Early software and/or firmware development on FPGA prototypes, pre-silicon, has become more important as many unforeseen software bugs stem from the complexity of integrating operating system (OS), applications, and hardware. An at-speed FPGA prototype allows for many extra months of rigorous software development and testing at the crucial software-hardware integration stage.

FPGA prototyping is also critical if your SoC design utilizes many commercial IPs making prototyping on FPGAs the most reliable method to ensure all these IPs work well together. FPGA prototypes can also be used as demo platforms to the SoC customers for getting them interested in the chip you build and allow you to work with them on improving features before chip tape-out. However, FPGA prototyping does come with some challenges: Long Bring-Up Time Performance Reusability Design Partitioning Debug-ability.

This tutorial will show how designers can address these challenges and utilize FPGA prototyping to reach success. Real-word case studies will be explored to exemplify specific ways how FPGA prototyping can be optimized.

About S2C

With over 200 customers, S2C's focus is on SoC/ASIC development to reduce the SoC design cycle. Our highly qualified engineering team and customer-centric sales force understands our users’ SoC development needs. S2C systems have been deployed by leaders in consumer electronics, communications, computing, image processing, data storage, research, defense, education, automotive, medical, design services, and silicon IP. S2C is headquartered in San Jose, CA with offices and distributors around the globe including the UK, Israel, China, Taiwan, Korea, and Japan. For more information, visitwww.s2ceda.com.

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