Libraries meet custom SoC prototyping and reuse design assets
Design assets can be reused, with Easy Prototyping, the development tool from Toshiba to develop large-scale, custom SoCs with FPGA prototyping.
The company claims that it “dramatically” shortens the development time from FPGA prototyping to custom SoC development. Easy Prototyping is available on the company’s ASIC and Fit Fast Structured Array (FFSA) platforms.
In conventional FPGA prototyping, SoC designers cannot reuse FPGA hardware and software design assets, as FPGA libraries and IP are FPGA-specific. This tool adapts FPGA prototyping libraries, leveraging the company’s libraries and IP sub-systems, enabling designers to identify the interface and to switch between FPGA prototyping and SoC implementation with the provided wrapper logic.
Third party IP is supported, and the company provides sub-systems that are verified for connectivity with the company’s custom SoC solutions. 10 Gigabit Ethernet (MorethanIP), PCI Express 3.0/2.1/1.1 (Northwest Logic), DDR3 SDRAM controller (Northwest Logic) are available immediately for Easy Prototyping, initially, and the company has confirmed plans to cover additional solutions.