Posted by frank schirrmeister on February 12, 2009
Synopsys announced last Monday a breakthrough in verification, system validation and embedded software development technology. There was good coverage, for example in Ron Wilson’s and John Blyler’s blogs. One main question we got from users and the press was about how this all works together with the virtual platforms we provide as part of our Innovator environment. John Blyler asked it flat out “One other question: How will this hardware prototyping platform eventually work with Synopsys software (virtual) prototyping tool – from the Virtio acquisition?”
We have demonstrated interfaces to hardware based solutions for a while with Eve and Palladium. Synopsys now has the three necessary technology components for hybrid prototypes in house and are preparing for demonstrations with various customers. Starting on the hardware side, physical interfaces must be provided to connect the actual hardware prototype to the workstation running the simulation. PCI Express is a common solution here. Second, data must be transported using an agreed upon protocol between the software and hardware worlds. SCE-MI has become a standard in this domain. Finally, for conversion from the transaction-level model to the transport interface, transactors are necessary to translate high-level protocols like AXI, OCP and AMBA.
In addition we have talked to about 25 customers worldwide (yeah, I made it to be United 1K for the tenth year now) to understand their needs. We were able to condense the use models of virtual platforms and FPGA prototypes to five main use models:
Over the next couple of weeks and month we will be demonstrating this flow using Innovator virtual platforms connected to the ChipIT FPGA prototypes using the SCE-MI 2.0 interface.
If you are interested in more information or a demo please don’t hesitate to contact me directly or contact the system-level design team directly.
Patrick Sheridan is responsible for Synopsys' system-level solution for virtual prototyping. In addition to his responsibilities at Synopsys, from 2005 through 2011 he served as the Executive Director of the Open SystemC Initiative (now part of the Accellera Systems Initiative). Mr. Sheridan has 30 years of experience in the marketing and business development of high technology hardware and software products for Silicon Valley companies.
Malte Doerper is responsible for driving the software oriented virtual prototyping business at Synopsys. Today he is based in Mountain View, California. Malte also spent over 7 years in Tokyo, Japan, where he led the customer facing program management practice for the Synopsys system-level products. Malte has over 12 years’ experiences in all aspects of system-level design ranging from research, engineering, product management and business development. Malte joined Synopsys through the CoWare acquisition, before CoWare he worked as researcher at the Institute for Integrated Signal Processing Systems at the Aachen University of Technology, Germany.
Tom De Schutter
Tom De Schutter is responsible for driving the physical prototyping business at Synopsys. He joined Synopsys through the acquisition of CoWare where he was the product marketing manager for transaction-level models. Tom has over 10 years of experience in system-level design through different marketing and engineering roles. Before joining the marketing team he led the transaction-level modeling team at CoWare.