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.