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2016 Spring Issue   

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San Jose, CA – June 6, 2016 - S2C Inc., a worldwide leader of FPGA-based prototyping solutions for today’s innovative designs, announced today that its Prodigy™ Player Pro 6.3 Runtime and Compile Software allows for more advanced usage of FPGA prototyping with leading-edge partition...

S2C Shares Expert FPGA Prototyping Knowledge at 2016 Design Automation Conference
DAC Technical Program Tutorial and FPGA Prototyping Book Set Stage for Design Success
DAC attendees can also gain valuable FPGA prototyping knowledge with the book about FPGA prototyping that covers
the history and future of FPGA prototyping. The book also includes a useful field guide on how to employ FPGA prototyping effectively as well as a forward written by...
S2C CEO, Toshio Nakama, Provides Insights Into FPGA Prototyping for IoT at the 23rd Electronic Design Process Symposium
S2C, Inc., a leading provider of FPGA-based rapid prototyping solutions, has announced that CEO Toshio Nakama will be
one of three panelists on the “FPGA Prototyping for IoT” panel
at this year’s EDPS on April 21 in Monterey, CA. The panel moderated by SemiWiki’s Dan Nenni will discuss the use...

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Longtime Verific Customer S2C Upgrades to SystemVerilog
A longtime customer of Verific's Verilog and VHDL parsers, S2C upgraded to Verific's SystemVerilog parser and will integrate it into Prodigy, its rapid prototyping platform for exploring, navigating, analyzing, documenting and modifying large designs. S2C will license the software as source code, and will have access to Verific's comprehensive support and maintenance...
FPGA Prototyping Speeds Design Realization for the Internet of Things |
When we talk about the Internet of Things (IoT), it isn’t a stretch to say that every intelligent device we interact with will become connected, sharing vast amounts of data with one another to make our lives more efficient. It isn’t only consumers of smart home, infotainment, and wearable technologies that are driving the demand, but also industrial, military, and government applications such as smart cities and factories that are changing the connectivity landscape...
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. Besides, several other factors such as low NRE design cost, growing demand for advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS), reprogramming ability, and the need of wireless communication and...
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?...

HW acceleration/emulation and FPGA Protytyping
adoption by design size

Application Note

Encryption Battery-backup
One problem faced by providers of design IP is hiding implementation details, while still allowing users to load and run their designs in FPGAs. To address this problem, Xilinx FPGAs (VU/KU/V7/K7) support the use of encrypted bitfiles. These files prevent theft or unauthorized use of the information contained in the bitstream.

Encrypted bitfiles are used together with a decryption key. This key is loaded into a specific memory in the device called a battery-backed RAM (BBR). The RRP is powered by a small external battery so the decryption key will be...

Solder terminals for Encryption Backup Batteries


About S2C


Founded and headquartered in San Jose, California, S2C has been successfully delivering rapid SoC prototyping solutions since 2003. S2C provides:

With over 200 customers, S2C's focus is on SoC/ASIC development to reduce the SoC design cycle. Our highly qualified engineering team and customer-centric sales force understands our users’ SoC development needs. S2C systems have been deployed by leaders in consumer electronics, communications, computing, image processing, data storage, research, defense, education, automotive, medical, design services, and silicon IP. S2C is headquartered in San Jose, CA with offices and distributors around the globe including the UK, Israel, China, Taiwan, Korea, and Japan. For more information, visit

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