DAFCA, GiDEL Team on SoC Verification, Debug Tools

DAFCA Incorporated, the leading vendor of on-chip reconfigurable instruments and analysis tools for on-chip, at-speed silicon validation, and GiDEL, a leading supplier of reconfigurable systems for SoC verification and complex algorithm acceleration, announced the establishment of a multi-faceted technology collaboration. DAFCA and GiDEL will work closely to extend and enhance the integration of their two product families, so that the resulting products will deliver a comprehensive suite of verification/debug tools for teams using GiDEL’s reconfigurable PROC(tm) systems and DAFCA’s ClearBlue(tm) reconfigurable instruments. The combined solution will accelerate system-level transaction, function, and protocol validation, and provides a robust RTL source-level debugging capability.

DAFCA’s ClearBlue provides users a solution for automating SoC and ASIC system validation through a combination of “on-chip” instrumentation and “off-chip” analysis tools and applications. ClearBlue is in production today at many of the world’s largest semiconductor companies, and the silicon testbench methodology has been shown to dramatically improve hardware validation and support hardware-software integration.

“We are delighted to be working closely with GiDEL on a better system validation solution,” said DAFCA CEO Peter L. Levin. “The interface between FPGA-based prototyping and SoC validation is where the action is today – and creating a tight and seamless integration is a tremendously exciting opportunity.”

The PROC_SoC(TM) and PROC board-level reconfigurable systems feature advanced Altera Stratix® II and Stratix III FPGAs that can be configured to emulate and verify complex SoC designs and to provide application specific acceleration for computationally intensive processing that include DSP, image processing, military and other performance critical domains.

“Providing a source level debugging tool will provide a great option for GiDEL’s customers to verify their SoC designs on our PROC platforms,” added Reuven Weintraub, President and CTO of GiDEL. “The DAFCA debug instrumentation has been proven in silicon for debugging SoC’s. It is a natural extension of the technology to apply this powerful debugging capability to the pre-silicon, high performance verification stage of the project.”

“Our latest generation Stratix III devices are ideal solutions for SoC/ASIC prototyping,” said James Smith, Director EDA vendor relations at Altera Corporation. “We are excited about the collaboration between two of our ACCESS program members, DAFCA and GiDEL, as sophisticated debug solutions are crucial for enhanced productivity.”

Joint Presentations at DesignCon 2008 and DVCon 2008
DAFCA and GiDEL will be providing more in-depth information about the collaboration and invite attendees to the DesignCon 2008 and DVCon 2008 for a detailed product presentation of the combined solution. Stop by the GiDEL booth #520 at DesignCon, Santa Clara Convention Center, Santa Clara, California, February 5 and 6, and booth #802 at DVCon, Doubletree Hotel, San Jose, February 19 and 20.

About GiDEL
GiDEL Ltd. Is a successful, profitable and innovative company founded in 1993. GiDEL has become one of the market leaders as a company that continuously provides cutting-edge reconfigurable technology utilizing FPGAs. GiDEL sees its customers as partners and uses its vast experience at the project-level and FPGA design to focus on its customers’ projects’ success. Customers in semiconductor, consumer product, communications, machine vision, medical imaging, and military/aerospace markets purchase the PROC family of reconfigurable PROCessors for SoC and ASIC verification, COTS acquisition and accelerator boards, and to validate complex algorithms. For more information, contact GiDEL in North America at 408-969-0389, or world wide at +972 4 610 2505.

DAFCA, Inc. is an electronic system validation software company that offers a framework for the design, implementation, and test of complex system validation protocols. Our Clearblue(TM) product family provides at-speed visibility and transaction control with a library of on-chip reprogrammable instruments, which are configured, operated and dynamically managed by off-chip analysis software. ASIC and SoC design teams can move seamlessly between simulation, emulation and FPGA-prototype environments – in addition to final silicon – without special pins or cell libraries. ClearBlue is compatible by design with all major EDA tool flows.