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FPGA Prototyping Becomes Even More Precise with Latest Additions to S2C’s World-Class Prodigy™ Prototype Ready™ Interface Library
8 New Modules Give Designers Ability to Focus Development to Achieve Greater Product Differentiation and Faster Time-to-Market
SAN JOSE, Calif. – July 11, 2016 – S2C Inc., a worldwide leader of FPGA-based prototyping solutions for today’s innovative designs, announced today the addition of 8 new Prototype Ready interface cards and accessories to its extensive library of over 90 pre-engineered hardware and software components aimed at accelerating the development of SoC prototypes. These new modules enable users to prototype SoC...
"We have been working closely with our customers to develop functionality that can truly help drive more efficient FPGA prototyping,” said Toshio Nakama, CEO of S2C, Inc. “As a result, we are able to introduce technology in our next generation Prodigy Player Pro that will significantly ease the pain associated with partitioning and debug. These latest additions continue to reinforce the value that...
Prototyping Book: PROTOTYPICAL - The Emergence of FPGA Prototyping for SoC Design
In this book, we uncover the history of FPGA-based prototyping and three leading system providers – S2C, Cadence, and Synopsys. First, we look at how the need for co-verification evolved with chip complexity, where FPGAs got their start in verification, and why ASIC design benefits from...

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An interesting White Paper from S2C | System Design Engineering
S2C has published a white paper on Chip Design with the title:
“Choosing the best pin multiplexing method for your Multiple-FPGA
partition”. It is of particular interest to designers that use FPGA based
prototyping in their development of SoC designs.

The paper shows that S2C’s Prodigy Play Pro is a tool that provides
design partitioning across multiple FPGAs, and offers automatic TDM
insertion based on an asynchronous TDM using LVDS. Prodigy Play
Pro Combines the technique of using asynchronous LVDS TDM with
a single clock cycle design, and can partition a design and perform
automatic TDM insertion. The result is that the tool is able to...
ARM in the World of FPGA-Based Prototyping | ARM
SemiWiki recently published a book on FPGA-based prototyping titled “PROTOTYPICAL: The Emergence of FPGA-Based Prototyping for SoC Design.” Among other things the book explores ARM’s role in fpga prototyping technology. Below is a excerpt from the book. If you want to read the entire book, you can download it from the S2C web site...
Eight new interface products make FPGA-based SoC Prototyping even easier for you | Xilinx
S2C has announced eight new Prototype Ready interface cards and accessories to its growing library of off-the-shelf hardware and software products compatible with its Prodigy Complete Prototyping Platform. These new modules allow you to prototype SoC designs using a variety of pre-verified interfaces that work out-of-box with S2C’s comprehensive family of Prodigy Logic Modules, which includes modules based on Xilinx Virtex UltraScale, Kintex UltraScale, Virtex-7, and Kintex-7 All Programmable devices. Interfaces in the library now include general-purpose ports...
New S2C Book on FPGA Prototyping: Download it for free immediately before they change their minds! | Xilinx
“Nearly two decades ago during our time at Aptix, my S2C co-founder, Toshio Nakama and I recognized the power of prototyping. At that time, prototyping was only accessible by large design houses with the budget and means to employ a prototyping architecture. We also recognized that FPGAs had become a popular alternative to the much more expensive and rigid ASICs. It was then that we both decided to team up to develop a prototyping board around an FPGA, and S2C was born. Our commitment to our customers has been to push the limits of what FPGA prototyping can do to make designing easy, faster, and more...
Free PDF Version of PROTOTYPICAL Now Available! |
The first half of “PROTOTYPICAL” is a concise history of FPGA-based prototyping. We go back to the beginning, briefly introducing the debut of the Altera EP300 in 1984 and the Xilinx XC2064 in 1985. We then discuss the tipping point for what would become FPGA-based prototyping: the introduction of the Quickturn Systems RPM in May 1988. Strictly speaking, the RPM was an FPGA-based hardware emulator, but it set the stage for a radical change in chip development methodology. Intel took the Quickturn technology and put the P5 microarchitecture through its paces on a 14-machine cluster...
DAC: The Day After | System Design Engineering
Wednesday morning, shortly before 11:00 the fire alarm went off in the exhibit floor. It took a few minutes for anyone to realize that it was not a test, and then evacuation proceedings started. No panic, no running, no screaming. Exhibitors and visitors proceeded orderly out of the building and had to wait only about 20 minutes before they were allowed back on the exhibit floor. It smelled like an electrical wire had caught fire, but no official details were given...

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