Synplicity Introduces Confirma for ASIC-ASSP Verification

Synplicity Inc. (Nasdaq:SYNP), a leading supplier of software for the design and verification of semiconductors, unveiled the Confirma(TM) platform, a next generation, high-performance verification solution that dramatically improves the traditional ASIC and ASSP verification process. The Confirma platform brings together best-in-class hardware and software tools, creating a tightly integrated, hardware-assisted verification solution that helps customers address today and tomorrow’s ASIC and ASSP verification challenges. The Confirma platform includes Synplicity’s Certify(R) tool, the industry standard for multi-FPGA partitioning and implementation; as well as the company’s recently introduced Identify(R) Pro software with TotalRecall(TM) technology providing full visibility into the design under test; and, the HAPS (HARDI ASIC Prototyping System) FPGA-based prototyping hardware, the most flexible prototyping boards on the market today.

Demand from ASIC and ASSP designers for considerably more verification horsepower and the availability of a new generation of high-density devices, make FPGA-based prototyping one of the fastest growing verification methodologies today. To date, however, designers are still challenged with piecing together their own solutions. The current choice involves selecting different hardware and software tools from various vendors, ensuring these tools are adequate to address a designer’s particular verification needs, and finally, creating an ad-hoc flow for tool interoperability. Synplicity’s solution takes FPGA-based prototyping to the next usability and productivity level by transforming it into a tightly integrated, comprehensive at-speed verification solution — the Confirma platform.

“The Confirma platform allows designers to approach verification differently,” said Juergen Jaeger, senior director of ASIC verification marketing at Synplicity. “Instead of thinking ‘how can I reduce verification and cut corners to meet the product schedule’, users can now start thinking ‘what additional verification can I run to improve design and product quality’. Synplicity is uniquely positioned to address, for the first time, all the major steps needed to successfully leverage the performance of FPGA-based prototypes as a viable and productive ASIC and ASSP verification solution — from implementation to at-speed execution and debug of the design under test. The Confirma platform makes prototyping easy to use and highly productive.”

The three major components of the Confirma platform, as stand-alone tools, are already considered best-in-class: the Certify software takes an existing ASIC design and partitions it into multiple FPGAs; the HAPS prototyping boards are the hardware execution engine; and Identify Pro software, with its revolutionary TotalRecall technology, provides full visibility and a seamless interface into industry-standard software simulators for easy debugging. When used together, the tools provide the highest-performance ASIC and ASSP verification platform available today. In addition, the Confirma platform’s modular and scalable architecture deploys prototypes as replicates, thus significantly reducing overall system verification time for software developers and systems integrators by enabling them to run actual software applications.

About Certify
The Certify software is the leading product for ASIC/ASSP prototyping using multiple FPGAs. The Certify tool combines RTL multi-chip partitioning with best-in-class FPGA synthesis. Using the Certify tool makes FPGA-based prototyping significantly easier, shortens prototype development time, improves prototype performance, and enables faster time-to-market.

About Identify Pro
The Identify Pro tool is a revolutionary new ASIC and ASSP verification solution. The Identify Pro software, featuring Synplicity’s TotalRecall technology, provides designers with full visibility into FPGA-based ASIC and ASSP prototypes, thus enabling users to find, fix and verify functional errors at speeds approaching that of the real chip. The Identify Pro software improves the productivity of existing verification methodologies, such as assertion-based verification, simulation and emulation, resulting in a significantly reduced overall verification time while at the same time improving verification coverage and quality.

About HARDI Electronics
On June 1, 2007 Synplicity announced the acquisition of HARDI Electronics AB (see release, Synplicity Announces Agreement to Acquire HARDI Electronics AB). Founded in 1987, HARDI Electronics AB is a pioneer in the field of advanced electronic design. The company’s knowledge and experience ranges from SoC design using full custom ASICs to a wide variety of designs with programmable logic. HARDI introduced its first ASIC prototyping product in 2000 and today has many successful installations worldwide. The company is headquartered in Sweden and was incorporated in the USA in 2005. The majority of the company is owned by the founders and a minority is owned by the Swedish investor Malmöhus Invest AB.

About HAPS
HAPS (HARDI ASIC Prototyping System) is the first modular FPGA board system providing high speed, high capacity, real-time debugging and full ASIC functionality for ASIC prototyping designers. The system is composed of multi-FPGA motherboards and standard or user developed daughter boards. To accommodate very large designs, users can connect several motherboards in many different ways. HAPS boards give designers virtually the same functionality as the ASIC, at speeds approaching that of the ASIC.

About Synplicity
Synplicity(R), Inc. (Nasdaq:SYNP) is a leading supplier of innovative software and hardware solutions for the design and verification of semiconductors that serve a wide range of communications, military/aerospace, consumer, semiconductor, computer, and other electronic systems markets. Synplicity’s tools provide outstanding performance, cost and time-to-market benefits by simplifying, improving and automating design planning, logic synthesis and physical synthesis for FPGA and DSP designs, as well as at-speed verification and prototyping for ASIC & ASSP designs. Synplicity is the number one supplier of FPGA synthesis solutions and has been rated #1 in customer satisfaction since 2004 in EE Times’ Annual FPGA Customer Survey. Synplicity products support industry-standard design languages (VHDL and Verilog) and run on popular platforms. The company operates in over 20 facilities worldwide and is headquartered in Sunnyvale, California.

Synplicity, Certify, Identify are registered trademarks of Synplicity, Inc., TotalRecall and Confirma, are trademarks of Synplicity Inc.