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ProDesign expands hardware-assisted platform line

Posted: 30 Jun 2004 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:prodesign? asic? soc? chipit platinum plus edition? platform?

ProDesign released the CHIPit Platinum Plus Edition that provides ASIC and SoC designers a platform specifically designed for high-end verification systems with capacity, interface and interconnectivity issues.

A part of the company's family of hardware-assisted platforms, the CHIPit Platinum Plus Edition replaces the large, costly emulator, with a flexible and cost-effective solution for developing a new wireless SoC or a new networking ASIC. It can also be effective for algorithm validation, IP verification, system integration, hardware/software codevelopment, software verification and validation, and silicon bring up.

According to ProDesign, one major benefit of the platform is its compact, modular and scalable concept, which allows maximum possible performance (>100MHz), at the same time permitting a scaleable system (up to 10M ASIC gates).

It also features the "3D Switching Technology", which enables the connection of up to 18 FPGAs (Xilinx Virtex II 8000) in an almost infinite number of different star and/or chain configurations, the patented UMRBus Communication System that enables design visibility during operation and provides the means for communication between the emulation platform and the host, and the "HDL-Bridge" and the "Signal-Tracker" for visibility and better debugging and cosimulation possibilities of the ASIC and SoC design.

The CHIPit Platinum Plus Edition can be easily integrated into existing design flows without the need for new, complicated software packages. This was achieved by designing the platform to allow the use of commonly available tools for implementation (Synthese).

The CHIPit Platinum Plus Edition will be available in July, with prices starting at $128,000 for a system with 9 FPGA and goes up to $250,000 for a system with 18 FPGAs.

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