FS2 Targets Atmel FPGAs with Logic Navigator Trace and Debug Solutions

12/15/2004 - First Silicon Solutions (FS2®), and Atmel® Corporation (Nasdaq: ATML) a global leader in the development and fabrication of advanced semiconductor solutions, announced the availability of the FS2 Logic Navigator System for embedded debug, trace, and logic analysis for Atmel FPSLIC® and FPGA products. Logic Navigator is an on-chip logic analyzer system solution that provides a high performance and lower cost alternative to traditional logic analyzer tools for FPGA analysis. Logic Navigator consists of FS2 On-Chip Instrumentation (OCI®) blocks, off-chip debug probes, and software tools for integration, control, and display of event, trigger, and trace information.

Logic Navigator combines a range of state-of-the art embedded logic analyzer capabilities with a very low silicon overhead to allow users to quickly define and setup combinatorial or complex sequential logic events and triggers in hardware and to trace on-chip signals with a look and feel similar to traditional logic analyzers. The Logic Navigator for Atmel will initially focus on External Logic Navigator configurations that support probe based state and counter based sequential event monitoring and off chip trace. Logic Navigator supports industry standard interfaces including Tcl/Tk compatibility, XML file formats, and VCD trace output options to facilitate tool integration.

Logic Navigator OCI is a collection of parameterized IP blocks integrated into an Atmel FPSLIC family FPGA that provides an interface to a real time event trace probe. Logic Navigator software tools include waveform and state based displays, GUI and CLI control, and utilities that automate and simplify instantiation and integration of the OCI into the FPGA design. Logic Navigator includes the FS2 OCI Generator GUI, which automates the definition, setup, and integration of Logic Navigator instrumentation into a customer design. OCI Generator supports both flat and hierarchical Verilog and VHDL designs and simplifies definition and integration of all Logic Navigator OCI options in a design.

"We are pleased to welcome Atmel to the list of FS2 partner companies that are using Logic Navigator to provide their customers with the ability to debug complex designs, said Rick Leatherman, President of FS2. "Logic Navigator is based on FS2's proven Configurable Logic Analyzer Module (CLAM®) technology that allows users to choose debug configurations that work the best for their designs - External Logic Navigator OCI has a small gate count that allows debugging of smaller Atmel FPGAs within FPSLIC, while Internal Logic Navigator leverages FreeRAM resources in Atmel FPSLIC products to reduce debug IO; both provide world class debug capabilities for getting IP and applications running and optimized quickly and generally improving the time to market of shipping quality products. Logic Navigator for Atmel FPGAs is fully compatible with the Atmel System Designer development flow and Atmel will be addressing tighter integration of Logic Navigator with System Designer tool flow in upcoming releases, he concluded.

"The FS2 Logic Navigator is a significant advance in Atmel's ability to provide state of the art debug tools to help customers get higher quality designs to market faster, said Gladwyn d'Souza, Director of Programmable Logic at Atmel. "Logic Navigator instrumentation provides comprehensive debug capabilities that address the size and cost factors that are important to our current and future customers, he added.

Availability and Architecture Specific Customization
FS2's near term focus for Logic Navigator is on providing debug tools for the FPGA market and general purpose debug capabilities for IP and ASIC developers. Logic Navigator also integrates into FS2's Multi-Core Embedded Debug (MED) System, which provides a customizable toolkit of system-level debug capabilities to address complex architectures with multiple interacting processors, embedded buses, and custom IP blocks. Customized versions of Logic Navigator and MED can be configured to address architecture specific requirements, ranging from specialized IP and subsystem analysis capabilities to specialized performance analysis. FS2 also provides design support and services to customers needing specialized debug interface development or debug feature enhancement or capabilities. Logic Navigator for Atmel FPGA starts at $1995 for a single copy with discounts available for larger volumes.

About Atmel FPSLIC Devices
Atmel's AT94K and AT94S family of Field Programmable System Level Integrated Circuits (FPSLIC devices) combine all the basic system building blocks (logic, memory and uC) in an SRAM-based monolithic field programmable device. The FPSLIC programmable SLI platform allows true system level designs to be implemented without the need for expensive NRE (non-recurring engineering) charges or costly software tools. FPSLIC for the first time puts system level integration on every designer's desk. The FPSLIC Secure (AT94S) combination of FPSLIC and the serial configuration memory in a single package allows for ISP and remote updates of FPSLIC while hiding programming code for the FPGA and AVR micro.

About Atmel
Atmel is a worldwide leader in the design and manufacture of microcontrollers, advanced logic, mixed-signal, nonvolatile memory and radio frequency (RF) components. Leveraging one of the industry's broadest intellectual property (IP) technology portfolios, Atmel is able to provide the electronics industry with complete system solutions. Focused on consumer, industrial, security, communications, computing and automotive markets, Atmel ICs can be found Everywhere You AreSM.

Atmel®, logo and combinations thereof, are registered trademarks, and Everywhere You AreSM is the trademark of Atmel Corporation or its subsidiaries.

About First Silicon Solutions (FS2)
FS2 specializes in custom silicon IP, design services, and OCI (On-Chip Instrumentation) development tools for programming, testing and debug of embedded systems in FPGA, SoC, SOPC, ASSP and ASIC devices. FS2 OCI based products include CLAM (Configurable Logic Analyzer Modules) based Logic Navigator and Bus Navigator tools for IP debug, core specific System Navigator tools for processor debug and trace, and MED (Multi-core Embedded Debug) tools for SoC debug. FS2 products enable silicon vendors and their customers to develop and more effectively market their products, reduce development cycles, and allow them to focus on delivering all the potential of the system on silicon. FS2, FS2 Navigator, OCI, and CLAM are trademarks of First Silicon Solutions.

Additional information on Logic Navigator is available at: http://www.fs2.com. Atmel's FPGA Configuration Memory product information may be retrieved at:http://www.atmel.com/products/Config/.

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