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Synopsys and Tektronix Offer New New FPGA-Based Prototyping Solutions

Tuesday, November 13th, 2012

Increasing design complexity is posing heighten verification complexity. Most of the consumer electronic products that are pushing vendors toward state of the art processes require real time responses. These applications cannot be debugged using software based tools. Thus the use of FPGAs for SoC verification has become the norm.

In the last two weeks both Synopsys and Tektronix have introduced new powerful verification solutions to aid engineers developing SoC devices.


Synopsys announced the availability of Synopsys’ HAPSĀ®-70 Series FPGA-based prototyping systems, extending its HAPS product line to address the increasing size and complexity of system-on-chip (SoC) designs. Taking full advantage of the technology originally gained with the Synplicity acquisition, the new product offers superior mapping and debugging capabilities when combined with the Certify, Synplify and Identify software tools.


A Difficult Book About A Very Difficult Thing

Saturday, November 3rd, 2012

There is a new book out. It is not cheap at $119 a copy but I think the price is justified by the depth of its contents and the criticality of the subject. The book by Trent McConaghy, Kristopher Breen, Jeffrey Dyck and Amit Gupta has the imposing title of: “Variation-Aware Design of Custom Integrated Circuits: A Hands-on Field Guide” published by Springer.

My first reaction to its contents was to think that things cannot continue the way they are going. Complexity is killing productivity and financial returns. Of course one should not be surprised. Asking unnatural things from light is both difficult and expensive.

Reading the book and getting meaningful information from it requires some understanding of statistical analysis, so do not be scared off by the equations. After all our profession requires precision in communications, and there is nothing more precise than a mathematical expression. The goal is to teach engineers the technology of PVT analysis. Process variation (P), power supply voltage (V), and temperature (T) are fundamental components in determining whether at the end you have soup or hogwash. And if the result is the latter it will be a very expensive one.


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