FPGA-Based Prototyping Methodology Manual: Best Practices in by Doug Amos
By Doug Amos
This ebook collects the easiest practices FPGA-based Prototyping of SoC and ASIC units into one position for the 1st time, drawing upon not just the authors' personal wisdom but additionally from prime practitioners all over the world which will current a image of most sensible practices this present day and probabilities for the longer term.
The booklet is prepared into chapters which look within the comparable order because the projects and judgements that are played in the course of an FPGA-based prototyping undertaking. we begin through interpreting the demanding situations and merits of FPGA-based Prototyping and the way they evaluate to different prototyping equipment. We current the present nation of the on hand FPGA expertise and instruments and the way to start on a venture. The FPMM additionally compares among home-made and outsourced FPGA systems and the way to investigate with a purpose to top meet the wishes of a given venture. The critical chapters care for enforcing an SoC layout in FPGA expertise together with clocking, conversion of reminiscence, partitioning, multiplexing and dealing with IP among many different matters. the real topic of citing the layout at the FPGA forums is roofed subsequent, together with the creation of the genuine layout into the board, operating embedded software program upon it in and debugging and iterating in a lab setting. ultimately we discover how the FPGA-based Prototype might be associated into different verification methodologies, together with RTL simulation and digital versions in SystemC.
alongside the way in which, the reader will observe that an adoption of FPGA-based Prototyping from the start of a venture, and an technique we name Design-for-Prototyping, will tremendously elevate the luck of the prototype and the entire SoC undertaking, in particular the embedded software program element. Design-for-Prototyping is brought and defined and promoted as a manifesto for greater SoC layout.
Readers can process the themes from a couple of instructions. a few may be skilled with a number of the projects interested in FPGA-based Prototyping yet are searhing for new insights and ideas; others could be particularly new to the topic yet skilled in different verification methodologies; nonetheless others will be venture leaders who have to comprehend if and the way the advantages of FPGA-based prototyping follow to their subsequent SoC undertaking. we've got attempted to make each one topic bankruptcy fairly standalone, or the place worthy, make a number of ahead and backward references among matters, and supply recaps of yes key topics.
we are hoping you love the ebook and we glance ahead to seeing you at the FPMM online neighborhood quickly (go to www.synopsys.com/fpmm).
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Let us, therefore, explore each of the aims in Table 1 and how FPGA-based prototyping can help. In many cases we shall also give examples from the real world and the authors wish to thank in advance those who have offered their own experiences as guides to others in this effort. y Table 1: General aims and reasons to use FPGA-based prototypes Why Prototype? 1. High performance and accuracy R Only FPGA-based prototyping provides both the speed and accuracy necessary to properly test many aspects of the design, as we shall describe.
Bring-up cost: any required activity needed to enable a development method outside of what is absolute necessary to get to silicon can be considered overhead. Often the intensity of the pressure that software teams face to get access to early representations of the hardware determines whether or not the investment in bring-up cost is considered in order to create positive returns. • Deployment cost: if we are to create multiple copies of our prototype then we need to be aware of how much each will cost to create, deploy, maintain and support in the labs of our end users and beyond.
C op y This is exactly what prototyping in its many forms can achieve. The earlier start to software development and validation provided by prototyping means that its impact on ROI can be very significant. For a deeper understanding of requirements and benefits of prototyping, let’s look at the different types of prototyping available today from virtual to FPGA-based. 3. Virtual platforms: prototyping without hardware is te re d eB o There are various forms of prototyping which we can employ in our projects.