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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.

Complex SoC Prototyping using Xilinx Virtex-7 based HAPS-70 Systems

Posted by Michael Posner on July 3rd, 2013

At the recent SNUG UK Paul Robertson from Broadcom presented a paper on their use of FPGA-Based Prototyping for their current generation of SoC’s. For those with Synopsys SolvNet access the paper can be found by following this link: http://www.synopsys.com/Community/SNUG/UK/Pages/Abstracts.aspx?loc=UK&locy=2013#C1

Based on participant votes Paul was awarded with the prestigious “Best of SNUG” award. Congratulations Paul !!!

Paul presented a paper on their use of the UMRBus at SNUG UK 2012 and came in third place. That paper can be found in the SNUG UK 2012 proceedings archive here: http://www.synopsys.com/community/snug/pages/proceedingLp.aspx?loc=UK&locy=2012 (again SolvNet access required). These are both great papers and highlight the technical advantages of using the Synopsys FPGA-based prototyping systems.

The paper on complex SoC Prototyping is going to be presented again at the upcoming SNUG in Japan on July 12th. For my Japanese readers here is a link to the JSNUG events page: http://www.event-info.com/jsnug2013/

Paul himself could not make it out to Japan so Andy Jolley, the local UK Synopsys Application Consultant and FPGA-Based Prototyping expert will be presenting it for him. It’s Andy’s first time in Japan and I’m interested to find out how he likes it. Andy is a couple of years older than me and grew up just a couple of streets from me, went to the same school and University. It’s amazing that we both ended up at Synopsys and for the same products. Best of luck Andy!

In celebration of SNUG Japan 2013 we have also launched the Japanese version of the FPGA-based Prototyping Methodology Manual, FPMM.

The English and Japanese versions can be download for FREE here: http://www.synopsys.com/Systems/FPGABasedPrototyping/FPMM/Pages/default.aspx This is the must have book for all engineers embarking on FPGA-based prototyping projects. Even if you are a seasoned prototyper the FPMM is still sure to provide guidance on techniques to improve your prototyping efficiency.

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