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    Michael (Mick) Posner joined Synopsys in 1994 and is currently Director of Product Marketing for Synopsys' DesignWare USB Solutions. Previously, he was the Director of Product Marketing for Physical (FPGA-based) Prototyping and has held various product marketing, technical marketing manager and application consultant positions at Synopsys. He holds a Bachelor Degree in Electronic and Computer Engineering from the University of Brighton, England.

DisplayLink’s Success with HAPS FPGA-Based Prototypes

Posted by Michael Posner on August 16th, 2012

DisplayLink is a semiconductor and software company that enables virtual graphics connectivity between computers and displays. DisplayLink make use of both the Synopsys DesignWare IP for USB 3.0 and HDMI in addition to HAPS FPGA-based prototyping systems. Synopsys recently published a success story on their success. The full success story can be found here, below is an extract in respect to their use of the HAPS FPGA-based prottyping systems.

To reduce the design risk inherent in implementing an evolving standard, DisplayLink used Synopsys’ HAPS FPGA-based Prototyping System to validate the functionality of their design and to develop software in parallel with the ASIC development. On a large SoC it is critical to ensure communication between analog PHYs and digital logic. By using the HAPS USB 3.0 PHY daughter card, the DisplayLink design team was able to validate the working system at almost real-time speeds, months ahead of silicon availability, and debug software well before tape out. They had the added benefit of being able to demonstrate the end product to customers long before silicon came back. “It’s an incredible value proposition to be able to not just tell our lead customers that the design will work, but to demonstrate it on a prototyping platform for them to see with their own eyes,” said Jonathan Jeacocke, vice president of Engineering, DisplayLink. “By using HAPS, we had absolute confidence that the final silicon design would work the very first time.”

It’s great to hear that the HAPS systems are providing so much value to DisplayLink.

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