ZeBu-XXL Emulation and Rapid Prototyping System

EVE’s ZeBu-XXL is an emulation and rapid prototyping system for hardware debugging and embedded software validation. ZeBu-XXL is the latest addition to EVE’s cost-effective ZeBu (for Zero Bugs) family. Architected with the largest field programmable gate arrays (FPGAs) and housed in a cabinet half the size of the previous ZeBu-XL generation, ZeBu-XXL verifies designs at three times the speed of the ZeBu-XL, providing twice the capacity in a single chassis.

Configurable for designs from 12.5- to 100-million application specific integrated circuit (ASIC) gates in a compact, rack-mountable unit, it emulates designs with a speed of 20 megahertz (MHz) at the transaction level and in in-circuit emulation (ICE) or synthesizable testbench (STB) mode. It can be configured to accommodate up to 200-million ASIC gates through two interconnected units.

ZeBu-XXL is used during the system-integration phase of the design cycle where multiple logic blocks, multiple chips and embedded software must be verified simultaneously. Hardware design and software development teams can share the same system and design representation, and collaborate when debugging complex hardware/software interactions.

Its compiler automatically handles any design, regardless of size, coding style, clocking scheme or memory structure, a problem for older FPGA-based rapid prototyping systems. Through its Reconfigurable Test Bench (RTB) architecture, ZeBu-XXL can control and optimize how the design receives stimulus and communicates with software running on the workstation.

Based on a C/C++ application programming interface (API), ZeBu-XXL communicates with VHDL, Verilog and SystemVerilog testbenches and C/C++ or SystemC models. It supports communications at the signal- or bit-level and at the transaction-level with high-level data such as frames, packets or blocks, with operating speeds up to 20 MHz. ZeBu-XXL also supports ICE and SRB modes. EVE offers a cost-effective “replicate” version of ZeBu addressing the needs of embedded software developers.

ZeBu-XXL has been tested at three beta sites in various configurations and is shipping now. It is priced from $200,000 for a six-month rental.

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