Prototyping system chosen for next-gen SoCs

2nd August 2017
Posted By : Alice Matthews
Prototyping system chosen for next-gen SoCs

It has been announced by Synopsys that MediaTek, a fabless semiconductor company, has adopted Synopsys' HAPS-80 prototyping system, part of the Verification Continuum Platform, for their broad portfolio of next-gen system-on-chips (SoCs). Verification Continuum is built from Synopsys' verification technologies providing virtual prototyping, static and formal verification, simulation, verification IP, emulation, prototyping and debug.

HAPS-80, the prototyping system, delivers two times performance and two times capacity compared to the prior generation, enabling MediaTek to accelerate their software development and system validation tasks. In addition, MediaTek used HAPS ProtoCompiler to automate system partitioning and reduce their time-to-first prototype to weeks.

"As the complexity of SoC designs increases, including the amount of software to support these designs, we require a scalable and high-performance prototyping solution," said SA Hwang, General Manager of Design Technology at MediaTek. "Synopsys, with the HAPS-80 prototyping solution, delivers the features our designers and validation teams require to execute a large number of software tests and perform real-world interface testing."

HAPS prototyping is a key part of the Synopsys Verification Continuum platform, which is focused on accelerating the entire verification and software development cycle and enabling faster time-to-market. MediaTek was able to quickly add HAPS to their verification environment and take advantage of HAPS' multi-design mode feature to prototype multiple design instances on HAPS, as well as connect multiple HAPS systems to support large designs.

MediaTek also used HAPS ProtoCompiler, with built-in knowledge of the FPGAs used in the HAPS system, to automate system partitioning and accelerate their time-to-first prototype. In addition, MediaTek took advantage of the advanced waveform creation capability of HAPS prototypes to validate their SoC with the Synopsys Verdi debug solution.

"Industry leaders like MediaTek increasingly require a high-performance prototyping solution to validate the connectivity and performance requirements of their SoCs," said Andrew Dauman, Vice President of engineering in Verification Group at Synopsys. "We continue our R&D collaboration with market leaders like MediaTek to deliver advanced FPGA-based prototyping hardware and software, focused on accelerating system validation, resulting in faster time-to-market for our customers."

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