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RapidChip prototyping platform speeds SoC development

Posted: 29 Dec 2005 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:system-on-chip? SoC? LSI Logic? RapidChip? prototyping platform?

Aimed at helping designers speed SoC development, LSI Logic Corp. has developed the RapidChip SoC prototyping platform based on the ARM926EJ-STM processor.

The prototyping platform enables designers to emulate their cell-based ASIC or RapidChip Platform ASIC design before tape out, provides FPGA-based system verification, and enables software development to begin earlier. It is also designed to allow Platform ASIC developers respond to the trend of integrating processors into designs that support all segments of the industry.

Co-developed with Memec Design Europe, the RapidChip SoC prototyping platform is said to lower the barrier for designing an SoC with a 32-bit embedded processor. The platform provides a 200MHz ARM926EJ-S processor and a set of peripherals with a 200MHz, 400Mbps DDR1 controller on a RapidChip Integrator slice.

RapidChip technology developers that use Synplicity's Amplify RapidChip synthesis tool can also take advantage of a common tool flow with FPGA design when building and testing their application logic during the prototyping phase.

The board is available from Memec Design in Europe and from LSI in other geographies beginning in January 2006 with a list price starting at $3,999, depending upon the configuration.

- Ismini Scouras

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