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DesignInsight provides for real-time inspection of designs

Posted: 02 Oct 2014 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:Tabula? DesignInsight? verification?

Tabula Inc. touted a revolutionary solution for the design verification and debug of high-performance systems. The DesignInsight technology is said to deliver advanced levels of device observability, accelerating time-to-market for communication systems.

The technology integrates a 3D programmable architecture with a state element-based interconnect and reconfigurability. It leverages a 22nm ABAX2P1 device that boasts a built-in 2GHz configuration network, configurable trace buffer, on-the-fly signal reconstruction unit, and programmable trigger unit. It enables the automated reconstruction of signals optimised away in synthesis with Stylus software.

With DesignInsight, ABAX2 users can observe signals in a production design operating at full speed without the need for recompilation or pre-declaration of target signals. It also bypasses the need to interrupt the operation of the system in order to change views from one set of signals to another.

"Being able to unobtrusively observe a design in the field as if it were running in the lab is a game-changer for our customers," said Alain Bismuth, Sr. VP and CMO of Tabula. "This capability is unprecedented and creates exciting business opportunities for our customers, especially as it relates to increased system uptime/reliability, lower maintenance costs, and the provision of in-depth diagnostics for their end customers."

Commands for the DesignInsight compiler are written as a Tcl script or SystemVerilog assertions and compiled into views, which are then loaded in to the device while it is running. As a result, designers can extend their use of assertions into hardware, whether in the lab or the field, providing a common design verification and debug methodology throughout the product life cycle.


All signals in an RTL design can be inspected at runtime, where up to 256 signals can be traced simultaneously. Source: Tabula

Tabula announced the DesignInsight technology is available as part of the Stylus 3.0 release, and with any of Tabula's development boards. In addition, pre-compiled DesignInsight views are delivered with all of the company's 100G pre-engineered solutions, providing engineers with examples of how the technology can provide visibility into key elements of such solutions.

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