COMPUTER software, APPLICATION-specific integrated circuits, FIELD programmable gate arrays, INTEGRATED circuit design, and INTEGRATED circuit layout
Over a third of all high-end Application Specific Integrated Circuits (ASIC) designers now use field-programmable gate arrays (FPGA) for prototyping 500,000-plus-gate designs. Driving this trend is the fact that a median application-specific integrated-circuit design can now fit onto the largest FPGA. While many tools perform FPGA synthesis, few offer a direct migration path between the world of FPGAs and ASICs. One exception is the Design Compiler FPGA software design tool of the Synopsys company. This tool builds on the success of the company's Design Compiler for ASICs tool suite. It also incorporates the new Adaptive Optimization technology.
Features the Aptix Prototype Studio, a computer software tools for register-transfer-level-to-pre-silicon prototypes. Availability of an open prototyping technology; Components of Aptix Prototype Studio Enterprise; Capability of the software to identify field programmable gate array structures.
WIRELESS communications, COMPUTER software, COMPUTER input-output equipment, FIELD programmable gate arrays, VERILOG (Computer hardware description language), COMPUTER simulation of integrated circuits, and SILICON
Wireless design flow often relies on field programmable gate array (FPGA)-based hardware prototyping to start the software-development prototyping to start the software-development tasks in earnest. This approach has one advantage, that the same Verilog or VHDL hardware model that is going to be synthesized into silicon creates the prototype. This methodology requires a single Verilog source for both the FPGA and system-on-a-chip implementations. By using the same model as the source for both, the developers have a high level of confidence that the software developed on the prototype also will work on the final hardware.
Wireless Systems Design. Mar2004, Vol. 9 Issue 2, p43-43. 1/3p.
PROTOTYPES, COMPUTER software, COMPUTER-aided design, PRINTED circuits, and ANTENNAS (Electronics)
The article focuses on a the QuickCircuit 900 circuit board prototype, a new product from T-Technology based at Atlanta, Georgia. The QuickCircuit 900 uses standard CAD (EDA and MCAD) output to provide advanced printed-circuit board (PCB) prototype systems. It contains one of the largest work-areas in the industry and allows prototyping of large antenna and backplane designs. At the same time, it provides for all traditional analog and RF circuit-board-prototyping needs. It includes the full-featured IsoPro software which easily enables automatic data conversion from any almost CAD package.