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2015 Summer Issue   

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S2C Prodigy™ Cloud Cube™ Enables FPGA Prototyping of 1 Billion Gates Designs
"Our Prodigy Cloud Cube system allows engineering teams to take a huge leap forward in prototyping even their largest and most ambitious designs," commented Toshio Nakama, CEO of S2C, Inc. "This advanced technology offers the freedom and flexibility to simultaneously manage a large group of geographically dispersed developers utilizing different Prodigy Logic Modules....

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S2C Single VU440 Prodigy FPGA Prototyping Board for Xilinx Virtex® UltraScale 440 FPGA Now Available
Multiple Single VU Logic Modules can be conveniently connected together to expand capacity, and up to 16 Logic Modules can be configured in a Cloud Cube, enterprise-class prototyping system to support a large-scale SoC design...
Northwest Logic and S2C Deliver Validated MIPI Solution
Northwest Logic and S2C, Inc. announced that Northwest Logic’s Mobile Industry Processor Interface (MIPI) Camera Serial Interface (CSI-2) Controller and Display Serial Interface (DSI) Controller have been fully validated on S2C’s FPGA Prototyping Platforms...

Conquering the Next IoT Challenges with FPGA-Based Prototyping |
The need for ever-connected devices is skyrocketing. As I fiddle with my myriad of electronic devices that seem to power my life, I usually end up wishing that all of them could be interconnected and controlled through the Internet. The truth is, only a handful of my devices are able to fulfill that wish...
This is how FPGA Prototyping Works |
FPGA prototyping has come a long way since the late 1980s when chipmakers began using FPGA devices for building system prototypes of ASIC designs. The utility of a working FPGA prototype allows hardware designers to develop and test their systems, and it provides software developers early access to a fully functioning hardware platform.
A lot has changed since the late 1980s when FPGAs emerged on the semiconductor realm. Chip developers are now dealing with mega-million gate counts for the larger ASIC/SoC designs, and here, design partitioning, debug and scalability requirements are turning the FPGA-based prototyping technology into an even more viable...

Eyes Meet Innovations at DAC |
It gives me a very nice, somewhat nostalgic, feeling after attending the 52nd DAC. There was a period during my final academic year in 1990 and my first job when I used to search through good technical papers in DAC proceedings and try implementing those concepts in my project work. In general, representation from ‘R&D teams’ is less in DAC, unless an engineer has a paper to present...
S2C takes FPGA Prototyping into the Clouds with the 1.4-billion-gate Cloud Cube | Xilinx
Rack eight of S2C’s Prodigy Player Pro FPGA Prototyping boards in one of the company’s Prodigy Cloud Cube 32 cages and you get a Cloud-worthy, connected, FPGA Prototyping supersystem with a capacity of as many as 1.4 billion gates using 32 Xilinx Virtex UltraScale VU440 FPGAs...
Taking a Leap Forward to Prototype Billion Gate Designs |
It’s very common these days to hear about a billion gates SoC, but not without a huge design and verification effort and investment of resources. A complete verification of such an SoC needs several verification steps...
Realize the Genius of Your Design! |
I think we can all agree that no matter what you are designing, FPGA prototyping can help. The challenge is getting the most out of the leading edge FPGA prototyping solutions and that requires a detailed understanding of how this technology works and what...
Phenomenal Cosmic Prototyping Power, Itty Bitty Package: The new S2C Single VU440 Prodigy Logic Module | Xilinx
What do you get when you put one 20nm Xilinx Virtex UltraScale VU440 All Programmable device on a prototyping board?
  • 44M ASIC gates (4.433M logic cells)
  • 88.6Mbits of internal memory
  • 2880 DSP slices
  • An on-board DDR4 SODIMM socket (max capacity 8Gbytes)
  • 1,152 I/O pins
  • 44 16Gbps GTH serial transceivers
S2C's Virtex UltraScale Prototyping Provides Designers Much Needed Flexibility |
The advent of large system-on-chip (SoC) designs has brought FPGA prototyping hardware into the limelight and the launch of S2C Inc.'s Single VU440 Prodigy Logic Module just shows how far off-the-shelf...
Breaking the SoC lab walls |
There used to be this thing called the “computer lab”, with glowing rows of terminals connected to a mainframe or minicomputer. Computers required a lot of care and feeding, with massive cooling and power requirements. Microprocessors and personal computers appeared in the 1970s, with much...
MIPI CSI-2 and DSI IP? Better with FPGA Prototyping Set |
Sourcing MIPI CSI-2 or DSI IP to a respected IP vendor is mandatory to build a peripheral IC or a SoC targeting mobile application as the chip maker simply can’t afford to do a re-spin because of Time-To-Market imperative. Buying this IP to a vendor also offering MIPI powered...
A Brief History of S2C: A Vision for FPGA Prototyping Realized |
FPGA prototyping is beginning its move to the forefront of design and verification. More and more companies are turning to this technology not only for in-circuit testing and earlier software development but also for refining, validating, and implementing chip architecture...

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