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Today’s off-the-shelf FPGA prototyping systems have established their value in every stage of the system-on-chip (SoC) design flow. Moving beyond traditional applications such as in-circuit testing and early software development, this technology has expanded to encompass functional design and verification. FPGA-based prototypes work with electronic system level (ESL) design environments to refine, validate and implement chip architecture, and with simulation tools to achieve an order of magnitude (or more) increase in verification speed.

There are several drivers of this technology: the need to quickly construct high-performance prototypes; the demands of growing design size and complexity; and the need to utilize prototypes as an enterprise-wide resource. Globalization has replaced localized design teams with teams that are geographically-distributed. Consequently, FPGA prototyping solutions must now provide network access, remote management capabilities, coupled with the ability to expand resources such as memory or add-on components. This allows realizing multiple hardware and software implementations for numerous, geographically-dispersed teams.

The FPGA prototyping system must offer enterprise-wide accessibility ― a complete prototyping platform is one that operates at any functional design stage, with any design size, and across multiple geographical locations. All of these capabilities must be available on demand and remotely-accessible at all times. Such an approach would significantly increase engineering productivity and reduce the end-product’s time to market, while increasing its return on investment (ROI), as well as increasing the lifetime ROI of the FPGA prototyping platform itself.


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