Altera Intel in a Desktop Prototyping System! | SemiWiki

Daniel Nenni   Published on 12-01-2017 06:00 AM


FPGAs have been used for ASIC prototyping since the begnining of FPGAs (1980s) allowing hardware and software designers to work in harmony developing, testing, and optimizing their products. We covered the history of FPGAs in Chapter 3 of our book “Fabless: The Transformation of the Semiconductor Industry”, which includes a brief history of Xilinx. Of course ASIC design is much more complex now with exploding gate counts and a dizzying array of commercial IP and interfaces which brings us to today’s FPGA based prototyping systems.


“Designers using Intel FPGAs can now reap the benefits of FPGA prototyping with our A10 Single Prodigy Logic Module,” commented Toshio Nakama, CEO of S2C. “The new and unique sleek, metal enclosure that our A10 system comes in provides much needed flexibility, durability and portability that designers seek. Users, will of course, be able to take advantage of the full set of our leading Prodigy Complete Prototyping Platform components including Player Pro and Multi-Debug Module for advanced partitioning and debug.”

S2C Inc. has been successfully delivering rapid SoC prototyping solutions since 2003 with more than 200 customers worldwide. S2C has been on SemiWiki for two plus years with 30 blogs that have gathered more than 125,000 views. We also published a very popular free ebook “ PROTOTYPICAL - The Emergence of FPGA Prototyping for SoC Design”, so we know prototyping, absolutely.

I spent some time at the S2C HQ in San Jose (across from my favorite Starbucks) this week and actually got my hands on one of the new S2C Desktop Prototyping Systems and was quite impressed. My first question to S2C VP of Engineering Richard Chang was why would someone choose this new altera based system over an existing Xilinx system: Vendor bias plays a significant role (some people prefer Altera over Xilinx), others feel Altera is a better performing FPGA, but on this new product the desktop packaging is the big WOW factor. Here is a quick video I pulled from the S2C website:




This self contained prototyping system can be expanded from one FPGA to dual and quad FPGAs. Self contained so you can easily test your hardware/software design in a real world environment such as automotive or on the shop floor with an industrial IoT application. This truly is engineering driven packaging with an easy attachment for the dozens of daughter cards and interfaces available from S2C.

The base system starts at $10,000 and goes up from there. If you are ready to prototype and have end-of-year budget you can start HERE and get a quick quote, simple as that.

About S2C

S2C Inc. is a worldwide leader of FPGA prototyping solutions for today’s innovative designs. S2C was founded in San Jose, California in 2003 by a group of Silicon Valley veterans with extensive knowledge in ASIC emulation, FPGA prototyping, and SoC validation technologies. The Company has been successfully delivering rapid SoC prototyping solutions since its inception. S2C provides:

  • Rapid FPGA-based prototyping hardware and automation software
  • Prototype Ready™ IP, interfaces and platforms
  • System-level design verification and acceleration tools

With over 200 customers and more than 800 systems installed, S2C’s focus is on SoC/ASIC development to reduce the SoC design cycle. Its 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, Calif., with offices and distributors around the globe including the U.K., Israel, China, Taiwan, Korea and Japan.

Currently the US headquarters office is focusing on technology research, strategic alliances, sales and marketing for North America and Europe. The Shanghai office focuses on product development, with the Hsinchu office serving as the manufacturing center.