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Coming To A Lab Soon: Xilinx VU440 FPGA Devices

In late 2013 I blogged about the newly announced Xilinx UltraScale devices, the VU440 specifically that will be the largest FPGA device on the market: http://blogs.synopsys.com/breakingthethreelaws/2013/12/xilinx-fpga%E2%80%99s-for-fpga-based-prototyping/

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Posted in Admin and General, ASIC Verification, Bug Hunting, Debug, Early Software Development, FPGA-Based Prototyping, HW/SW Integration, In-System Software Validation, Man Hours Savings, Milestones, Technical, Tips and Traps |

 

B2B for Accelerated Time to First Prototype and Assembly

This week Synopsys announced the HAPS Connect Program. The HAPS Connect Program is an eco-system of third-party daughter board and services partners for HAPS systems. The HAPS Connect Program expands the choice of HapsTrak and Multi-Gigabit board and service offerings available for HAPS systems. The first members include Fidus, eInfoChips, Sarokal, Gigafirm, Back9 Designs, HDLabs and Zoro. Synopsys is helping connect business to business to accelerate prototype assembly which I have blogged about before here. The HAPS Connect Program helps customers to:

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Posted in HAPS Connect Program, Man Hours Savings, Milestones |

 

First Pass Silicon Success with design up and running in 24 hours!

Achieving first pass silicon success is always the goal of the project. While a company may plan for a second chip spin they really want first pass silicon success enabling reduced cost and earlier time to market. I ran across this video featuring Peraso and Eric from the DesignWare USB team,  http://youtu.be/DyNyZP8Ysj4 . Now while Peraso do not claim first pass success bringing up a chip in the lab in 24 hours is amazing. Peraso used HAPS FPGA-based prototypes for system validation enabling them to test their software with their RTL implementation before they taped out. As you can tell from the video, Peraso were very, very happy with the fact that they had the silicon up and running in such a short period.

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Posted in ASIC Verification, Early Software Development, HW/SW Integration, In-System Software Validation, IP Validation, Mick's Projects, Milestones, Project management, Real Time Prototyping, System Validation |

 

The price of support

One of the unquantifiable values of a company’s offering is it’s support. Support is very important all the time but more so for a hardware such as FPGA-based prototyping products. You may need support on how to use the platform, on using the software, on using the capabilities or support for debugging and resolving a hardware issue. It’s hard to put a value (price) on support as you don’t really value it until you need it.  I had a personal experience this week which in my eyes speaks to the value of support.

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Posted in Man Hours Savings, Milestones, Project management, Support |

 

Synopsys’ New ProtoCompiler Software Speeds Time to Prototype

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Posted in Admin and General, ASIC Verification, Bug Hunting, Debug, Early Software Development, FPGA-Based Prototyping, FPMM Methods, Getting Started, HW/SW Integration, In-System Software Validation, Man Hours Savings, Mick's Projects, Milestones, Project management, System Validation, Technical |

 

Hitting Your Milestones

This week I had to explain why FPGA-based prototyping is used. (I had to remind myself that not everyone lives and breathes FPGA-based prototyping day in day out like I do) The explanation was for an exec so I had to ensure the explanation was clean and sharp. I simply said “FPGA-based prototyping helps you meet your milestones, both for hardware development and the software development”. This caught their attention so I expanded the answer with

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