Designing the right product is more important than designing the product right. The ability to explore different design ideas early and provide a working demonstration to customers earlier will significantly increase the success of a product launch.
The sooner that problems in the design can be identified the easier and faster it is to correct-possibly shaving weeks/months of development time. Although simulation offers you an abstract view of the design, simulation cannot provide a complete model for early access to the design. Nothing compares to seeing the design working on hardware. The ability to perform an early evaluation the architecture of the processor, cache size, and bus width with the rest of the design implemented in the FPGA is critical.
S2C's FPGA prototyping technology enables early design exploration through a mix of ESL models and real hardware designs in a FPGA. Using a high-throughput, low-latency, AXI-based transaction-level interface, users can bridge system-level simulation and FPGA-based prototyping environments.
Early design exploration can be achieved using the following advanced S2C Prodigy Prototyping hardware and software solutions: