HAPS adaptor accelerates ARM-based SoC designs

Article By : Synopsys

The HAPS FPGA-based integrated hardware and software prototyping system delivers the fastest time to first prototype and supports up to 1.6 billion ASIC gates.

Synopsys has announced a new HAPS adaptor that enables a HAPS FPGA-based prototyping system to easily connect to a Juno ARM development platform.

This software development platform includes the Juno Versatile Express board with ARM Cortex-A72, or Cortex-A57 and Cortex-A53 MPCore, Mali-T624 and reference software through Linaro Linux, according to the company.

"There is a need for solutions such as HAPS to accelerate software development and IP validation as the ARM ecosystem is delivering increasingly complex SoC designs with even greater emphasis on performance, efficiency and scalability," said Jakub Lamik, vice president for product marketing, media processing group, ARM. "Designers face the challenge of creating ever more capable products while keeping costs in check and hitting tighter time to market expectations. HAPS can help achieve that by optimising the design process and we have already seen accelerated results by connecting it to the Juno ARM Development Platform implementing the latest ARMv8-A and Mali technology."

HAPS FPGA-based physical prototyping systems include an integrated hardware and software tool flow for design planning, FPGA synthesis and debug. The HAPS ProtoCompiler software, which has built-in knowledge of the HAPS system architecture, automates partitioning to map IP blocks to complete subsystems and SoCs. This enables the fastest time to first prototype and subsequent compile iterations in hours compared to non-integrated prototypes.

HAPS systems deliver superior debug visibility and automation through HAPS built-in Deep Trace Debug (DTD) technology, providing the ability to capture thousands of debug signals or seconds of trace data per FPGA at speed. In addition, Synopsys DesignWare IP Prototyping Kits support the Juno ARM Development Platform to provide a proven reference design that enables designers to start implementing IP in a SoC in minutes.

The HAPS adaptor for the Juno ARM Development Platform is available now for HAPS-80, HAPS-70 and HAPS-DX systems. The DesignWare USB 3.0 Host IP Prototyping Kit for Juno ARM Development Platform is also available. IP Prototyping Kits for additional interface protocols are in development.

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