Breaking The Three Laws


Springsoft and FPGA-Based Prototyping

Great news, Synopsys has signed a definitive agreement to acquire SpringSoft. Springsoft is well known for its highly successful line of ASIC debug and custom implementation tools but not many people know that Springsoft also offers a debug solution for FPGA-based prototypes. Springsoft’s Protolink product is a system that enables their Verdi automated debug tool be used for FPGA-based prototyping hardware debug. Springsoft promotes some key capabilities that reduce the turn-around time to add/change probes as well as an external memory card that enables a deep history of signal data to be captured at prototyping speeds.

The reason I am excited is that the Springsoft Protolink product is already integrated with Synopsys’ HAPS systems. See the picture below, the blue cables are HapTrak cables meaning the Protolink hardware easily connects to the HAPS systems.

Until the acquisition is closed Synopsys and Springsoft will continue to operate as two separate companies.

Question: Do you use Springsoft’s Protolink product? If you do post a comment and let me know what you like/dislike about it.

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