DAFCA Incorporated, the leading vendor of on-chip reconfigurable infrastructure and tools for in-system, at-speed silicon validation, announced that Infineon Technologies AG has successfully employed their ClearBlue(TM) Silicon Validation Suite (SVS) in the implementation of a new high-speed serial ATA platform chip. Infineon’s ASIC Design and Security (ADS) business unit successfully inserted the on-chip instrumentation IP and used it, post-silicon, to both validate and optimize their 90nm device.
DAFCA demonstrated unprecedented silicon bring-up and validation capabilities, and Infineon engineers were able to use ClearBlue SVS for real-time, at-speed observability and control of functional behavior while the device was running in the target system environment.
“Our business is focused on delivering innovative products and silicon IP using best-of-breed methodologies to enable rapid, reliable implementations. Infineon’s collaboration with DAFCA supported the critical at-speed signal trace, as well as the ability to generate on-chip stimulus to validate all protocols and functions,” stated Sandro Cerato, VP and General Manager, Infineon AIM ADS Business Unit. “DAFCA kept their commitments and met our expectations. We now enjoy a significant improvement in our ability to validate and debug our silicon in the actual system with the use of their ClearBlue application.”
“We are delighted that DAFCA was so important to Infineon’s silicon success. In-system validation and debug is clearly the most unpredictable and most expensive part of successful 45, 65, and 90nm product development. DAFCA’s products are designed to address exactly this painful, and potentially lethal problem,” stated Dr. Peter L. Levin, DAFCA’s President and CEO. “We look forward to our continued collaboration with Infineon ADS.”
Infineon Technologies AG, Munich, Germany, offers semiconductor and system solutions addressing three central challenges to modern society – energy efficiency, connectivity and security. In fiscal year 2006 (ending September), the company achieved sales of Euro 7.9 billion (including Qimonda sales of Euro 3.8 billion) with approximately 42,000 employees worldwide (including approximately 12,000 Qimonda employees). With a global presence, Infineon operates through its subsidiaries in the US from Milpitas, CA, in the Asia-Pacific region from Singapore, and in Japan from Tokyo. Infineon is listed on the Frankfurt Stock Exchange and on the New York Stock Exchange (ticker symbol: IFX).
DAFCA, Inc. is an EDA software company focused on post-silicon SoC validation, debug, and in-system bring-up. DAFCA’s tools allow design teams to seamlessly incorporate patented, compact and silicon-proven reconfigurable instrumentation IP into their devices, pre-silicon, in order to observe, discover, and diagnose at-speed, in-silicon functional behavior. Physical device validation and debug is the most expensive and unpredictable stage of design implementation; DAFCA tools provide on-chip visibility, which leads to dramatically lower development and integration costs.
The ClearBlue(TM) Instrumentation Studio is a powerful, easy to use, pre-silicon environment for insertion of reconfigurable instruments directly into RTL. The ClearBlue(TM) Silicon Validation Studio offers a wide spectrum of in-system, at-speed analysis capabilities, including logic analyzers, event-based validation and assertion-based debug, and performance monitoring. ClearBlue is compatible by design with all major EDA tool flows.