Need for FPGA Prototyping
Today’s off-the-shelf FPGA prototyping systems have established their value in every stage of the system-on-chip (SoC) design flow. Moving beyond traditional applications such as in-circuit testing and early software development, this technology has expanded to encompass functional design and verification
FPGA-based prototypes work with electronic system level (ESL) design environments to refine, validate, and implement the chip’s architecture, and with simulation tools to achieve an order of magnitude (or more) increase in verification speed.
The FPGA prototyping system must offer enterprise-wide accessibility — a complete prototyping platform is one that operates at any functional design stage, with any design size, and across multiple geographical locations. All these capabilities must be available on-demand and be remotely-accessible always. Such an approach significantly increases engineering productivity and reduces the end-product’s time to market, while increasing its return on investment (ROI), as well as increasing the lifetime ROI of the FPGA prototyping platform itself.