An Introduction to the FPGA-Based Prototyping Methodology Manual (FPMM)

The FPMM represents not only a collaborative work between Xilinx and Synopsys, but also decades of best-practices in prototyping, drawing upon the expertise of teams in leading semiconductor and application companies around the world.

This video features two of the three authors of the FPMM: Doug Amos, Business Development Manager, Solutions Marketing, Synopsys, and Austin Lesea, Principal Engineer, Xilinx. Together, they share their insights on the history and impetus behind the development of the FPMM, and the benefits of prototyping.



Full Announcement

MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. and SAN JOSE, Calif. — March 2, 2011—Synopsys, Inc. (Nasdaq:SNPS), a world leader in software and IP for semiconductor design, verification and manufacturing, and Xilinx, Inc. (Nasdaq:XLNX), the industry leader in programmable logic, today announced the availability of the FPGA-Based Prototyping Methodology Manual (FPMM), a practical guide to using FPGAs as a platform for system-on-chip (SoC) development. The FPMM captures valuable design and verification expertise contributed by engineering teams from BBC Research & Development; Design of System on Silicon, S.A. (DS2); Freescale Semiconductor; LSI, Inc.; NVIDIA Corp.; STMicroelectronics; and Texas Instruments (TI), which have successfully employed FPGA-based prototyping to accelerate complex ASIC and SoC development projects.

The manual covers all aspects of FPGA-based prototyping, including understanding the challenges and benefits of prototyping, the implementation of a SoC design in FPGA, and finally, its use for software and system validation. Synopsys and Xilinx expect the FPMM to be the catalyst for an online, interactive FPGA-based prototyping community, hosted at, where prototypers can raise challenges and exchange best practices.

FPMM authors Doug Amos and René Richter of Synopsys and Austin Lesea of Xilinx are experts in FPGA technology and prototyping of designs using FPGAs. Recognizing that SoC designs are usually created for ASIC technology implementation, and therefore present specific challenges for implementation in one or more FPGA devices, the authors created a unique reference guide that will help not only first-time prototypers, but also experienced teams and project leaders. In addition to surveying the range of prototyping options, from virtual prototyping through building custom boards to purchasing complete prototyping systems, the FPMM outlines a methodology called Design-for-Prototyping. Design-for-Prototyping integrates FPGA-based prototyping seamlessly into the ASIC/SoC project so that the design can be more readily implemented and made available at the earliest opportunity to the end-users. This approach delivers productivity benefits by connecting to system-level tools like virtual prototyping for earlier software development and during the crucial later stages of a project when hardware and software are integrated for the first time.

About the Manual and Availability

The FPMM contains 15 comprehensive chapters and two appendices that cover real-world examples. The manual is organized into chapters that parallel the tasks and decisions faced during an FPGA-based prototyping project. The chapters are also designed to stand alone, allowing the manual to be used as a reference.

For more information on the FPMM, including how to purchase a copy through or to download a free eBook version, please go to the FPMM website at Additionally, to learn more about the other methodology manuals and educational publications produced by Synopsys Press, visit

Review Article Be the first to review this article
CST Webinar Series


Featured Video
Peggy AycinenaWhat Would Joe Do?
by Peggy Aycinena
Acquiring Mentor: Four Good Ideas, One Great
More Editorial  
Manager, Field Applications Engineering for Real Intent at Sunnyvale, CA
Upcoming Events
DeviceWerx - 2016 at Green Valley Ranch Casino & Resort Las Vegas NV - Nov 3 - 4, 2016
2016 International Conference On Computer Aided Design at Doubletree Hotel Austin TX - Nov 7 - 10, 2016
ICCAD 2016, Nov 7-10, 2016 at Doubletree Hotel in Austin, TX at Doubletree Hotel Austin TX - Nov 7 - 10, 2016
Electric&Hybrid Aerospace Technology Symposium 2016 at Conference Centre East. Koelnmesse (East Entrance) Messeplatz 1 Cologne Germany - Nov 9 - 10, 2016
S2C: FPGA Base prototyping- Download white paper

Internet Business Systems © 2016 Internet Business Systems, Inc.
595 Millich Dr., Suite 216, Campbell, CA 95008
+1 (408)-337-6870 — Contact Us, or visit our other sites:
AECCafe - Architectural Design and Engineering TechJobsCafe - Technical Jobs and Resumes GISCafe - Geographical Information Services  MCADCafe - Mechanical Design and Engineering ShareCG - Share Computer Graphic (CG) Animation, 3D Art and 3D Models
  Privacy Policy