I read an article recently which stated that emulation is the key to Virtual Prototypes, I would like to ride the theme wave and extend the horizon to include FPGA-based prototyping. Back in 2012, Synopsys introduced the first integrated Hybrid Prototyping solution, the combination of Virtualizer Virtual Prototypes and HAPS FPGA-based Prototypes. Our customers recognized a long time ago that the combination accelerates system bring-up by using virtual prototyping for new design blocks or CPU subsystems and FPGA-based prototyping for existing logic.
The term “Dark Fibre (Fiber) refers to the additional lines/capacity of optical connections a carrier would install when they laid a new pipeline. These unlit optical connections were built in assuming the need for additional capacity in the future. The thinking was that it’s cheaper to do it all at once vs. adding lines/pipelines later. The problem is that this extra capacity is going to waste and while the main carrier was not using it, someone else could have.
Over the next couple of weeks I’ll blog with more details on the key capabilities of the newly available HAPS-80 with ProtoCompiler integrated solution.
Last week I posted some anonymous results from ProtoCompiler for HAPS usage on real customer designs. While I had removed the customer names and replace them with names like, consumer electronics company, which in my opinion could have implied hundreds of different HAPS customers across the globe, the greater powers in Synopsys felt the data was still too close to the customer. I should point out that Synopsys treats customer information with the highest confidentiality and I personally did not think any confidential information was being shared. I pulled the data off my blog. Anyway, this is the first and I hope last time that Synopsys has to step in and censor my blog.
Above is a picture of HAPS High Speed Time Domain Multiplexing (HAPS HSTSM) being tested across the current HAPS-70 and the new HAPS systems based on Xilinx UltraScale FPGA devices.
Back in 2011 I had a vision, a vision for how users of both IP and FPGA-Based Prototypes could be more productive. The problems these users faced was not to do with bugs or lack of capabilities in the products but from the fact that the usage crossed between the two products. IP users traditionally are not experienced prototypers and prototypers lacked IP specific knowledge. Of course this was not helped by the fact that the IP did not document it’s prototyping specific needs. For example, the IP is optimized for ASIC deployment and when you prototype it the clocking, reset and rams sometimes need to be modified to fit into a FPGA environment. Another issue is that as it’s ASIC IP not all configurations can be physically supported in FPGA. For example while the IP might support up to 16 IO ports on the prototype you might only be physically implement up to 4.
I ran across this blog on Imaginations website which covers details on prototyping the PowerVR Series6XT on HAPS: http://blog.imgtec.com/powervr/prototyping-a-powervr-series6xt-gpu-using-an-optimized-flow-from-synopsys
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Recently at SNUG in Israel I was lucky enough to attend two presentations created and delivered by Intel teams on their use of FPGA-based prototyping. The first: “Methodology and Best Practices deployed by Intel for FPGA-based prototyping” discussed various technics they employ to streamline the creation of an FPGA-based prototype. It’s like a mini methodology guide so I highly recommend you review the material.
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The myths of FPGA-based prototyping are still being proliferated and I have taken on a quest to educate the world on what FPGA-based prototyping really delivers. The latest myth propagation is seen below and was cut from a recent posting on a well-known industry website. You are all smart, you will be able to work out where it comes from. Fun read.
SYNOPSYS SETS NEW STANDARDS FOR FPGA-BASED PROTOTYPING WITH COMPLETE PROTOTYPING PLATFORM…. Yes, we did this way back in 2010 with the launch of the HAPS-60 complete solution, and then raised the bar in 2012 with the launch of the evolutionary HAPS-70 complete solution. Synopsys HAPS is a proven integrated solution delivering the fastest time to operational prototype, highest system performance, superior debug and advanced capabilities including Hybrid Prototyping and global server farm access.
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