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S2C’s PCIe Virtex UltraScale Solution Provides Advantages Beyond Traditional FPGA Prototyping
SAN JOSE, Calif. – February 23, 2016 – S2C, Inc., a leading provider of FPGA-based rapid prototyping solutions, has announced the availability and delivery of its PCIe VU440 Prodigy Logic Module (LM). Not only can the Logic Module be used as a standalone device, but also its standard profile form factor enables installation inside closed PCs and...

S2C Expands Kintex UltraScale Prototyping Solutions for Consumer-based IoT and Other Small to Medium-Sized Designs
"We continually strive to provide the best prototyping solutions to meet the needs of all types of designs no matter their size or complexity," said Toshio Nakama, CEO of S2C. "We are excited to provide developers of today's smaller IoT devices a practical and valuable solution with our Single KU Prodigy Logic Module and its array of additional hardware and software...

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FPGA Market by Type, Verticals, Architecture, Technology Node, and Geography - Forecast to 2022 | PRNewswire
The field programmable gate array (FPGA) market is expected to grow at a CAGR of 7.41% between 2016 and 2022 and reach USD 7.23 billion by 2022. A key influencing factor for the growth of FPGAs is their fast time-to-market (TTM). FPGAs offer fastest TTM, compared to their counterparts–ASICs and ASSPs–as they reach the production stage within three to five months, whereas ASSP/ASIC take around 12-18 months for the same...
Solving the Next Big SoC Challenges with FPGA Prototyping |
The health of the semiconductor industry revolves around the “start”. Chip design starts translate to wafer starts, and both support customer design wins and product shipments. Roadmaps develop for expanding product offerings, and capital expenditures flow in to add capacity enabling more chip designs and wafer starts. If all goes according to plan, this cycle continues...
Fastest SoC time-to-success: emulators, or FPGA-based prototypes? |
Hardware emulators and FPGA-based prototyping systems are descendants of the same ancestor. The Quickturn Systems Rapid Prototype Machine (RPM) introduced in May 1988 brought an array of Xilinx XC3090 FPGAs to emulate designs with hundreds of thousands of gates. From there, hardware emulators and FPGA-based prototyping diverged – but why, considering they do approximately the same thing?...
Emulation vs. Prototyping -- The Performance Curve Crossover | EE Times
Emulation and FPGA-based prototyping are two technologies used for verifying complex hardware designs and validating systems with large software components. Architecturally, these tools are quite different, but the overlap in their capabilities and applications invariably invites some form of comparison.

As the "big iron" of the verification world, emulators boast muscular chassis wrapped in heavy cables and accompanied by hefty price tags. Cost, in fact, has been the primary knock against emulators. But these systems...
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Should there be a 5-second IoT chip rule? |
Kids have a tendency to put things in their mouths. Any parent can relate to the statement, “Put that down! You don’t know where it’s been!” After the first child, concern usually relaxes quite a bit. People joke about a 5-second rule on the premise if an object was just dropped on the floor, it may not be contaminated yet...
Mondo DSP proto capability in S2C’s new KU115 Prodigy Logic Module: 5520 DSP slices from one Xilinx Kintex UltraScale FPGA | Xilinx
S2C has just announced the availability of its Single KU115 Prodigy Logic Module, which incorporates one Xilinx Kintex UltraScale XCKU115 FPGA with—among other resources—a whopping 5520 enhanced UltraScale DSP48E2 slices. (See “The UltraScale DSP48E2: More DSP in every slice.”) That’s a whole lotta’ DSP. The Prodigy KU Logic Module is well suited for calculation-intensive applications and, according to S2C, offers more DSP resources than any other prototyping board on the market...

(S2C Single KU115 Prodigy Logic Module)
S2C introduces Dual VU440 Prodigy Logic Module for IP and ASIC prototyping: more, more, more (88M gate capacity) | Xilinx
Back in May, S2C announced a Single VU440 Prodigy Logic Module for IP and ASIC prototyping leveraging the ginormous logic capacity of a Xilinx Virtex UltraScale VU440 FPGA. (See “Phenomenal Cosmic Prototyping Power, Itty Bitty Package: The new S2C Single VU440 Prodigy Logic Module.”) That board has a rated prototyping capacity of 44M ASIC gates...
AXI Hardware/Software Verification for ASICs: A Case Study | ARM
Wave Semiconductor is developing a programmable data flow computing accelerator with IP forming massively parallel reconfigurable processor arrays and a fabric interconnect. As part of their strategy, Wave is pushing AXI for IP interconnect in FPGAs to aid in integration. The use of AXI-connected IP in FPGAs is great for reducing partitioning differences between FPGA-based prototypes and the final ASIC. By using the AXI interconnect, the FPGA-based prototyping platform can dynamically load...

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