Continued semiconductor industry growth depends on delivering ever more complex chip designs, co-verified with specialized system software – in less time with relatively fewer mistakes. In this book, we will initially look at how the need for co-verification evolved with chip complexity, where FPGAs got their start in verification, and why ASIC design benefits from prototyping technology.
In this book, we uncover the history of FPGA-based prototyping and three leading system providers – S2C, Cadence, and Synopsys. First, we look at how the need for co-verification evolved with chip complexity, where FPGAs got their start in verification, and why ASIC design benefits from prototyping technology. The book also includes a Field Guide to help effectively navigate the FPGA prototyping flow using best practices and technologies.
Today's FPGA prototyping for SoC design debug offers tradeoffs among the ideal debug tool capabilities, and it is left to the SoC design verification team to configure an “optimal” verification strategy for each SoC design project – with consideration for future scaling-up and improved verification capabilities. This white paper reviews some of the multi-FPGA prototyping challenges for SoC design verification and debug, and, reviews one example of a commercially available multi-FPGA prototyping debug capability offered by S2C.
FPGA prototyping is the methodology to prototype SoC and ASIC designs on FPGAs for hardware verification and for early software development. This methodology is sometimes referred also as ASIC prototyping or SoC prototyping. Prototyping SoC and ASIC designs on FPGAs has become a mainstream verification methodology for hardware design as well as a method for early software and firmware co-design. This primer on FPGA prototyping will discuss the important factors of why to prototype, the current challenges of prototyping and how to overcome them, and the issue of building your own or adopting an off-the-shelf prototyping solution.
Whether you are designing or verifying extremely complex cutting edge designs or more mainstream design, FPGA prototyping can help you achieve your goals with maximum benefit. The key to getting the most out of FPGA prototyping requires a good understanding of how this technology works and the FPGA prototyping solutions that match your design and verification requirements. This eBook contains of series of articles published in EE Times that can help you navigate the world of FPGA prototyping technology – everything from overcoming FPGA prototyping hurdles to expanding the use of your FPGA prototype upstream of the design flow to using FPGA prototyping for even the largest designs. The eBook also gives you insight into how a complete prototyping platform can help for any design stage, any design size, and with enterprise-wide access, anytime, anywhere.
The FPGA prototyping system must offer enterprise-wide accessibility ― a complete prototyping platform is one that operates at any functional design stage, with any design size, and across multiple geographical locations. All of these capabilities must be available on demand and remotely-accessible at all times. Such an approach would significantly increase engineering productivity and reduce the end-product's time to market, while increasing its return on investment (ROI), as well as increasing the lifetime ROI of the FPGA prototyping platform itself.