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2015 Fall Issue   

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S2C Extends Its Xilinx Virtex® UltraScale FPGA Prototyping Board Family with Dual VU440 Prodigy™ Logic Module
The Dual VU440 Prodigy LM is an all-purpose FPGA prototyping system comprised of a single-board. The Dual VU LM’s exceptional compact size (280mm * 250mm) is ideal for use on a desktop and for testing in the field while its considerable...
S2C Shipping Prodigy™ Virtex® UltraScale and Kintex UltraScale FPGA Prototyping Boards to Customers Worldwide
“We have worked hard to provide the market with high-value FPGA prototyping logic modules,” said Toshio Nakama, CEO of S2C, Inc. “It is validating to see that our customers are reaping the benefits of the technical advantages of our solutions...
S2C Quad Kintex UltraScale Prodigy™ FPGA Prototyping Logic Module Addresses Designs with Massive Parallel DSP Algorithms
S2C, Inc. has announced the availability of its Quad KU115 Prodigy Logic Module that supports the Xilinx Kintex UltraScale 115 FPGA. This latest addition to S2C’s Prodigy Logic Module family is aimed at complex and varied DSP algorithm...

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Wave Semiconductor Achieves Rapid Design Success Using S2C FPGA Prototyping Solutions
"The S2C solution included all of the modules needed to interface a host computer to a prototype of our SoC IP. The API was straightforward to use and enabled rapid prototyping of our host software," said Chris Nicol, CTO of Wave Semiconductor. "We were able to prove our processor fabric technology...
Wave Semiconductor to Present at S2C-Sponsored DVClub in Silicon Valley on October 14
S2C, Inc. has opened a new expanded engineering and manufacturing facility in Taiwan. This state-of-the-art center includes a development lab and quality control testing...
S2C Expands Global Engineering with New State-of-the-Art R&D and Manufacturing Center in Taiwan
S2C, Inc., a leading provider of FPGA-based rapid prototyping solutions, has opened a new expanded engineering and manufacturing facility in Taiwan. This state-of-the-art center includes a development lab and quality control testing...

Breaking the Limits of SoC Prototyping |
Earlier this month during my conversation with Dr. Walden C. Rhines, he emphasised the need for our next generation designers to think at system level and design everything keeping the system’s view in mind. The verification will go through major transformation at the system level...
Pushing on AXI-connected IP in FPGAs |
Success stories are great. Reading how someone uses a product contributes much more insight than reading about a product. Last month we had a teaser for a presentation by Wave Semiconductor; this month, we have the slides showing how they are using FPGA-based prototyping, AXI transactions, and DPI to speed up development...
S2C ships UltraScale empowering SoFPGA|
Most of the discussion around Xilinx UltraScale parts in FPGA-based prototyping modules has been on capacity, and that is certainly a key part of the story. Another use case is developing, one that may be even more important than simply packing a bigger design into a single part without partitioning. The real win with this technology may be system-on-FPGA (SoFPGA)...
Even More Phenomenal Cosmic DSP Prototyping Power: ASIC Prototyping Platform harnesses four Kintex UltraScale KU115 FPGAs | Xilinx
Need several million ASIC-gate equivalents for your FPGA prototyping? One way to do that is to use the world’s largest FPGA, the Xilinx Virtex UltraScale VU440—with 4.433M logic cells (equivalent to roughly 44M ASIC gates)—the way that S2C did with its recent introduction of the Single VU440 Prodigy Logic Module. (See “Phenomenal Cosmic Prototyping Power, Itty Bitty Package: The new S2C Single VU440 Prodigy Logic Module.”) Another approach, also taken by S2C on its brand new Quad Kintex UltraScale...
Prototyping the Future of Semiconductors! |
With major semiconductor mergers and acquisitions running rampant in 2015 (more than double the M&A activity in 2014), the question is where will we go from here? There are many different ways to slice this but for this blog let’s talk about the thousands of semiconductor professionals that will be changing jobs as a result of this M&A hyper activity and the recent reduction in forces (QCOM just riffed 18%)...
A Brief History of FPGA Prototyping |
Verifying chip designs has always suffered from a two-pronged problem. The first problem is that actually building silicon is too expensive and too slow to use as a verification tool (when it happens, it is not a good thing and is called a “re-spin”). The second problem is that simulation is, and has always been, too slow

When Xilinx and Altera produced fieldprogrammable gatearrays(FPGAs), which were reprogrammable, it didn’t take long for ASIC designers to realize that these could be a third prong to solve their verification problem. Much cheaper than building silicon but much faster than simulation....
For more than a decade FPGA vendors argued that FPGAs would become a viable alternative to ASICs, adding programmability along with the same kind of advances in performance and power that ASICs saw at each new process node. While that never played out as they expected, FPGAs nonetheless have carved out a formidable position in the semiconductor market...
Taking prototyping beyond prototypes |
Everyone has heard the expression, “Half the job is having the right tool.” In the case of FPGA-based prototyping, however, the right tool for the job is only the beginning. What teams really need to think through is what exactly should be done with an FPGA-based prototyping tool?

The obvious answer is prototyping an SoC, pre-silicon. We go get some third party IP, some legacy IP from the previous design, and a few new IP blocks, and toss all the RTL into an FPGA-based prototyping system. Every new release of FPGA-based prototyping systems brings bigger FPGAs, so in theory more SoC designs fit in a given system. But, is it worth the trouble of going through...

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