FIELD programmable gate arrays, ELECTRONIC systems, ELECTRONIC circuit design, PROGRAMMABLE logic devices, and GATE array circuits
This article reports that launched some two years ago, Emulation and Verification Engineering's (EVE) debut product, the ZeBu-ZV prototyping system was touted as a "personal emulator." It remains popular as a prototyping platform, offering the best features of emulator and field programmable gate arrays (FPGA)-based prototyping platforms in one product. Meanwhile, FPGA capacities, as well as system-on-achip (SoC) design sizes, have expanded. After about a year of development, larger FPGAs and SoC designs find their confluence in EVE's ZeBu-XL. The next-generation prototyping system has the capacity to handle very large SoC designs and offers a number of features that engender ease of use and flexibility in debugging. A number of factors contribute to ZeBu-XE's speed. First, there's the size of its Virtex II 8000 FPGAs, which holds down the number of FPGAs required to map a design. Emulators can have hundreds, if not thousands, of FPGAs on multiple boards interconnected by backplanes. ZeBu-XL is integrated with the most popular ASIC and FPGA synthesis tools and includes a complete compilation software suite.
INTEGRATED circuit verification, FIELD programmable gate arrays, GATE array circuits, RAPID prototyping, INTELLECTUAL property, and ROUTING (Computer network management)
The article discusses the challenges to physical verification of a system-on-a-chip (SoC), functional verification trends in 2011, and issues on intellectual property (IP) integration. It states that the verification process requires rule checking integration with the chip's placement and routing. It says that virtual prototyping and field programmable gate arrays (FPGA)-based emulation and acceleration devices are expected to be adopted in 2011 aggravated by the desire to develop SoC.
FIELD programmable gate arrays, GATE array circuits, PROGRAMMABLE logic devices, DIGITAL electronics, ELECTRONICS, ELECTRONIC industries, HIGH technology industries, COMPUTER storage devices, and COMPUTER input-output equipment design & construction
The article offers information on how electronic engineers can leverage the application of field-programmable gate arrays (FPGAs), a semiconductor containing programmable logic components and interconnects, in portable storage devices. Aside from its limited use in prototyping, the author believes that FPGAs can be also used as an interface solution when matching storage device's interfaces from the processor to the optimal memory solution. It is also suggested to be utilized in the development of a processor expansion card and in measuring power of portable storage application.
FIELD programmable gate arrays, COST, PROGRAMMABLE logic devices, GATE array circuits, INTEGRATED circuits, PROTOTYPES, ELECTRONIC circuits, INFORMATION technology, and ECONOMICS
The article provides information concerning the true cost of field-programmable gate array (FPGA) in the U.S. FPGAs make the ideal platform for prototyping most digital systems. Sometimes, FPGAs are available at a price point that makes sense in production volumes. However, there are compelling cases where FPGA prototypes must be converted to an application-specific integrated circuit (ASIC) for deployment. Looking at the economics, evidently free intellectual-property (IP) from a FPGA vendor can actually be very expensive.
The article informs that XPressArray II family of mask-programmed structured ASICs, crafted by AMI Semiconductors Inc., will basically take over when systems go into production. The company estimates that the family can reduce development costs by up to 70% with just a three- to four-week prototyping cycle. The structured arrays are fabricated in a 150-nm process. They use five levels of metal for customization. A sixth level is applied when flip-chip packaging is used. Logic functions can operate at clock speeds of up to 210 MHz.