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    Breaking the Three Laws is dedicated to discussing technically challenging ASIC prototyping problems and sharing solutions.
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    Michael (Mick) Posner joined Synopsys in 1994 and is currently Director of Product Marketing for Synopsys' FPGA-Based Prototyping Solutions. Previously, he has held various product marketing, application consultant and technical marketing manager positions at Synopsys. He holds a Bachelor Degree in Electronic and Computer Engineering from the University of Brighton, England.

Hunt down bugs like the experts!

Posted by Michael Posner on June 28th, 2013

Some housekeeping first; No one has claimed the three Subaru piston paper weights out of my last engine failure that I was offering to give away last week. Send me a comment with the phrase “MBT” embedded in it and a broken piston paper weight is yours. MBT stands for Minimum Best Timing which in the world of tuning is the optimum timing advance for fuel burn. There are only three of these pistons so first come first served.

We have been running a survey across our vast HAPS customer user base asking a set of questions about their usage and success with HAPS. Responses are still coming in but I wanted to share some of the results.

First up is the number of bugs found before tape-out using HAPS, this was a bit of a surprise to me. I knew customers found bugs with HAPS but the sheer volume of bugs found was the surprise.

This highlights the value that HAPS brings, just think of the cost to the project if these bugs had been missed and made it into the silicon…. At best this would have led to a software workaround being needed which could have affected performance or features. Worst case a re-spin of the silicon delaying the product roll-out and costing your company millions in lost business.

The value of HAPS does not stop here. One of the other questions asked was what other benefits are realized with HAPS

It’s clear from the results that HAPS enables early software development and helps accelerates project schedules. (and a stack of other benefits) The net result of this is that your product could be delivered to market earlier securing additional product revenue and providing the users with a full and stable feature set. Now that’s what I am talking about.

For the American readers, Happy 4th of July!!!

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