Synplicity Announces HAPS-51 High-performance ASIC Prototyping System

Synplicity, Inc., (Nasdaq:SYNP) a leading supplier of innovative IC design and verification solutions, announced an addition to its HAPS(TM) (High-performance ASIC Prototyping System(TM)) product family. The HAPS-51 leverages the Xilinx Virtex(TM)-5 LX330, the industry’s largest FPGA, and on-board memory to deliver faster ASIC verification. Previous HAPS systems employed daughter boards for memory access, while the new HAPS-51 uses memory located on the board and next to the FPGA device. As a result, the HAPS-51 system provides a cost-effective, high-performance prototyping solution that reduces development time for today’s challenging SoC designs. The HAPS systems are the centerpiece of Synplicity’s powerful Confirma(TM) at-speed ASIC/ASSP verification platform.

The modular and extensible architecture of the HAPS-51 system offers several beneficial features that are designed to appeal particularly to SoC designers and software developers. As with all HAPS systems, HAPS-51 utilizes the HapsTrak standard: a set of guidelines for pinout and mechanical characteristics to help ensure compatibility with previous and future generations of HAPS motherboards and daughter boards. A tight connection between the FPGA and the on-board DDR2 memory module enables flexible, high-speed memory access making the HAPS-51 a unique verification platform for all SoC designs with embedded processors and large software content. As with all HAPS-50 systems, the HAPS-51 is equipped with programmable clock generators, sophisticated monitoring and self-test features, as well as remote configuration and setup capabilities. Additionally, multiple boards can be stacked or interconnected to support virtually any size ASIC, ASSP or SoC design.

“We have responded directly to customer requests for a HAPS platform that connects memory directly to the FPGA,” said Lars-Eric Lundgren, general manager of Synplicity’s Hardware Platforms Group. “The unique features in the HAPS-51 system, combined with Synplicity’s FPGA synthesis and debug software, equips design teams with an outstanding solution for verifying the functionality of today’s most advanced and challenging designs.”

For more information about Synplicity’s High-performance ASIC Prototyping System (HAPS) or the Confirma Platform contact your local Synplicity sales office.

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About HAPS
HAPS – High-performance ASIC Prototyping System – is a high performance and high- capacity FPGA-based system for ASIC prototyping and emulation. HAPS is a modular system, with multi-FPGA motherboards and standard or custom-made daughter boards, which can be stacked together in a variety of ways. Among the functions available on standard daughter boards are video processing, various memory types, and interfaces to Ethernet, USB, PCI Express and ARM(R) code modules.

About Confirma
Synplicity’s Confirma platform is a tightly-integrated, easy to use, and comprehensive at-speed ASIC/ASSP verification flow that dramatically accelerates functional verification of ASIC, ASSP and SoC designs. The Confirma platform includes the Certify(R) multi-FPGA implementation tool; HAPS(TM) – High-performance ASIC Prototyping System(TM); and the Identify(R) Pro visibility and debugging software featuring the award-winning and revolutionary TotalRecall(TM) technology. When used together, these tools provide the highest-performance ASIC and ASSP verification platform available today.

About Synplicity
Synplicity(R), Inc. (Nasdaq:SYNP) is a leading supplier of innovative IC design and verification solutions that serve a wide range of communications, military/aerospace, semiconductor, consumer, computer, and other electronic applications markets. Synplicity’s FPGA implementation tools provide outstanding performance, cost and time-to-market benefits by simplifying, improving and automating logic synthesis, physical synthesis, analysis and debug for programmable logic designs. Synplicity’s ESL synthesis solutions significantly improve productivity for DSP designs realized in ASIC and FPGA devices. The Confirma(TM) at-speed verification platform, comprising software tools and the HAPS(TM) family of prototyping systems, enables both comprehensive verification of ASIC, ASSP and SoC designs and software development prior to chip tapeout. Synplicity is the number one supplier of FPGA synthesis tools and its physical synthesis and ASIC verification technologies are the recipients of several prestigious industry awards. The company operates in more than 20 facilities worldwide and is headquartered in Sunnyvale, California.

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