Posted by Tom De Schutter on September 27, 2015
In this month’s blog I would like to focus on a recent prototyping solution announcement from Synopsys. On September 16, Synopsys announced the new HAPS-80 FPGA-based prototyping systems, part of Synopsys’ end-to-end prototyping solution strategy.
As software is now driving the main capabilities of embedded devices, it has taken the spotlight in SoC design. This is turning a once hardware centric electronics supply chain upside down. To cope with this new reality companies are embracing both virtual and physical prototyping technologies.
Physical prototyping, also known as FPGA-based prototyping, is an important piece of an end-to-end prototyping strategy and has long been used by electronics companies as a way to accelerate software development, hardware and software integration and system validation. Its ability to connect to a real-world environment and perform realistic scenarios is a key capability. The ability to perform system validation helps to ensure standards compliance and determine if performance goals can be met. Most importantly the connection with real world I/O can trigger behavior inside the SoC hardware or software that would have otherwise been overlooked.
With growing SoC complexity and time-to-market pressure, there is a need to accelerate prototype bring up while achieving higher system performance and better debug. This is where the new HAPS-80 FPGA-based prototyping solution comes into play. The integration of HAPS hardware and ProtoCompiler software and leveraging Xilinx’s Virtex UltraScale FPGA, HAPS-80 supports configurations up to 1.6 billion ASIC gates and reduces time to first prototype to less than two weeks.
Highlights about the new HAPS-80 Series:
More information about HAPS-80 can be found at: https://www.synopsys.com/COMPANY/PRESSROOM/Pages/haps80-news-release.aspx
I would also like to point to a blog from my prototyping colleague Michael Posner: https://blogs.synopsys.com/breakingthethreelaws/2015/09/introducing-haps-80-with-fully-integrated-protocompiler-shifting-the-market-to-an-integrated-prototyping-solution/
In the coming months you will hear more from us about the value of deploying an end-to-end prototyping solution leveraging both virtual and physical prototyping for early architecture exploration, software development and test, hardware-software integration and system validation. The new HAPS-80 FPGA-based prototyping solution is an important step forward to address today’s prototyping needs for a software-driven SoC environment.
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.