ASIC Prototyping Using FPGAs

Verification is the biggest bottleneck for todayís complex ASIC designs. Continually advancing process technology, and the corresponding explosion in design size and complexity, have lead to verification problems that are impossible to solve using traditional software simulation tools. In addition, an increasing number of applications that process large quantities of data in real time (such as video) require verification techniques that run at near realtime speeds. As a result, a growing number of ASIC designers are building prototype boards using FPGAs to verify their ASIC designs. Another advantage of building prototype boards using FPGAs is that it allows software development and debugging to happen in parallel with the design and debug of the final ASIC, reducing time to market.

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