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2017 Spring Issue   


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S2C EXPANDS ITS FPGA PROTOTYPING LIBRARY WITH ARRIA 10 SOLUTION AND DELIVERS ITS POWERFUL TECHNOLOGY TO THE HIGH-PERFORMANCE COMPUTING MARKET
New Scalable Altera-based Prodigy Logic Module with OpenCL Support Tackles Wide-Range of Applications
The A10 Prodigy Logic Modules are being designed to be ideally suited for high-performance computing applications as well as prototyping small to medium-sized SoCs. The A10 Single Logic Module will be compact in size to allow for increased flexibility and portability. This low cost, all-purpose system can be used stand-alone or scaled up to 16 FPGAs within S2C’s Prodigy Cloud Cube chassis. The System will be integrated with S2C’s market-leading, vast library of daughter cards to quickly build prototype targets...
S2C'S LATEST PRODIGY INTERFACE MODULE FOR JUNO ARM DEVELOPMENT PLATFORM SPEEDS FPGA PROTOTYPING AND INCREASES SCALABILITY
The module works with the Juno ARM® Development Platform, speeding up and increasing the scalability of FPGA prototyping for designs based on ARMv8-A architecture. The Prodigy Interface Module for ARM Juno effectively bridges the software development environment to S2C’s Prodigy Logic Modules, for prototyping custom logic blocks alongside the ARM-based processor...

Latest White Paper
Debugging a single FPGA design is a relatively simple task. However, performing debug operations on a multi-FPGA platform is an extremely long and often labor-intensive process. Manual techniques only allow for debugging one FPGA at a time and traditional tools such as an external logic analyzer or FPGA internal logic analyzer have limitations when it comes to multi-FPGA debug...


Latest News
INSPUR USES S2C PRODIGY MULTI-DEBUG MODULE FOR SIMULTANEOUS DEBUG OF MULTIPLE FPGAS SIGNIFICANTLY REDUCING ERRORS AND SPEEDING UP DEBUG
Solution Enables Deep Trace With Ability To Store Up To 16GBs of Waveforms
San Jose, CA – March 14, 2017 – S2C Inc., a worldwide leader of FPGA-based prototyping solutions for today’s innovative designs, announces that Inspur, a leading cloud computing total solutions provider and the fastest growing server vendor in the world, is using S2C’s Prodigy Logic Modules in conjunction with its Prodigy™ Multi-Debug Module (MDM) that allows for the concurrent debug of multiple FPGAs...
 
 
 
Articles
Prototype-Based Debug for Cloud Design | SemiWiki
Unless you’ve been in hibernation for a while, you probably know that a lot more chip design is happening in system companies these days. This isn’t just for science experiments; many of these designs are already being used in high-value applications. This development is captive - systems companies generally don’t want to get into selling chips – but there is enough value in their own needs for them to justify the design and manufacture of these parts.

An important motivation is for differentiated enhancements in cloud hardware. Cloud services are a very hot and competitive area; one estimate puts Amazon Web Services, considered standalone, as the 6th largest business in the US. Which is good news for cloud services providers and for those who sell hardware and software solutions to those providers. Climbing fast on this...
中国サーバー大手のInspur、S2Cのプロトタイピング・システムを活用してルーティング制御用チップのデバッグ工数を削減 | EDA EXPRESS
発表によるとInspurは、ルーティング制御用チップのプロトタイプ検証において、S2CのFPGAベースのプロトタイピング・システム「Prodigy」プラットフォームと共にオプションのデバッグ用モジュール「Prodigy Multi-Debug Module(MDM)」を採用。これら製品を活用することでデザインのデバッグ・プロセスを大幅に高速化する事に成功している。...
CEO Interview: Toshio Nakama of S2C | SemiWiki.com
I haven’t sat down to speak with S2C since we collaborated on the book, PROTOTYPICAL, published just before DAC 2016 and even then, I hadn’t spoken to Toshio Nakama, their CEO. Toshio splits his time between the San Jose headquarters and the Shanghai headquarters so getting time to meet face-to-face has been challenging. I was finally able to sit down with him to discuss the latest in FPGAs and prototyping and what’s next for S2C. Here is a snapshot of our discussion.

How Has FPGA Prototyping Evolved and What’s Next?
Toshio: FPGA prototyping has traditionally been thought of as an adjunct to emulation – something that was nice to have but because of its complexities of employment was never fully adopted. Times have changed however...

S2C runs half-price sale on Prodigy Kintex UltraScale Proto Package with DDR4, GPIO extension modules | Xcell Daily
S2C wants you to get into system prototyping with the super-capableXilinx Kintex UltraScale FPGA fast,so it’s running a short-term, limited-time, limited-quantity promo cutting the price of a proto package in half. You get a bundle including the company’s Single KU115 Prodigy Logic Module, the 8GbyteProdigy DDR4 Memory Module,and thethe 8Gbyte Prodigy GPIO Extension Modulefor $13,800 $6900...
FPGAベース・プロトタイピングのS2C、新たにAltera製FPGA「Arria 10」搭載システムを開発中
同新製品に搭載されるFPGAは「Arria 10」ファミリとして最大のロジック容量を誇る「GX 1150」で、同FPGAには1チップに150万個のロジック・エレメント、53MbsのM20Kメモリ、3036個のDSPリソースが載っている。まずは「Arria 10 GX 1150」が1個搭載されている製品が出てくるようだが、複数ボードを連結する事でデザイン容量の拡張は可能。S2Cは簡単に複数ボードを繋ぐ事ができるハード/ソフトのインフラを用意している...
S2Cが自社FPGAプロトタイピング環境とARM純正開発環境とのインタフェースを提供|EDA EXPRESS
S2Cによると、新製品「Prodigy Interface Module for ARM Juno」は、S2CのFPGAプロトタイピング・システムとARMの純正ソフトウェア開発環境「Juno ARM® Development Platform」を接続するもので、ARMv8-AアーキテクチャをベースにしたデザインのFPGAプロトタイピングに利用する事が可能。S2Cは同インタフェース・モジュールの利用者向けにリファレンス・デザインを用意している...
OpenCL hits FPGA-based prototyping modules | SemiWiKi.com
OpenCL brings algorithm development into a unified programming model regardless of the core, working across CPUs, GPUs, DSPs, and even FPGAs. Intel has been pushing OpenCL programming for some time, particularly at the high end with “Knights Landing” processors. Where other vendors are focused on straight-up C high-level synthesis for FPGAs, Intel is taking Altera technology deeper into OpenCL...
S2C SPEEDS FPGA PROTOTYPING AND INCREASES SCALABILITY | System Design Engineering
ARM has always done an outstanding job in providing support for its processors. In the specific case of the ARMv8-A processor its Prodigy interface has been used by S2C to create a development environment that allows engineers to configure FPGAs in the system...
Choosing the Right FPGA Prototyping Environment for Your Juno-Based Design | ARM
Prototyping an ARMv8-based design is similar to prototyping any other design. FPGA prototyping for these types of application is generally used to validate the hardware quickly to head into the software development stage sooner and accelerate the software development...
S2C adds support for Juno ARM dev platform | SemiWiki.com
A quick refresher on the Juno SoC and development board: it’s become the defacto reference platform for software development on ARM Cortex-A57 (or Cortex-A72) and Cortex-A53 big.LITTLE clusters, and a newer version with a Cortex-A72 and Cortex-A53 cluster. It also provides a look at a Mali-T624 GPU and the CCI-400 cache coherent interconnect, along with a DDR3 memory subsystem, an optional PCIe controller, and a Cortex-M3 core for system control functions.
Choosing the Best Pin Multiplexing Method | System Design Engineering
This solution is still widely employed, and coupled with the advances in FPGAs, the obstacles to constructing a multi-device prototype are greatly reduced. The latest FPGAs offer advantages such as a very high number of industry-standard I/O, integrated high-speed transceivers, and LVDS (Low Voltage Differential Signaling) signaling...

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