In-circuit emulation is attractive but brings with it debug-visibility issues. There are ways to restructure the environment to make bug hunting much more deterministic.
Verification of hardware and software has become a key bottleneck for chip design. Hardware-assisted verification is removing that bottleneck.
Consistency is vital to IP integration strategies that rely on developing an SoC using a hierarchy of FPGA-based prototypes.
Using a new design-partitioning tool and stacked-silicon interconnect FPGA to develop an ASIC prototyping platform that can be reprogrammed several times a day.
Can emulation save energy and space, as well as time, during the verification process? Some argue so.
This extract from the Synopsys and Xilinx-authored "FPGA-Based Prototyping Methodology Manual" outlines a number of valuable strategies supported by brief project case studies.
Building a prototype SoC in one or a set of FPGAs can aid field trials, software development and hardware/software integration. But it's not easy, so the decision to go ahead needs careful consideration.
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