GateRocket RocketVision 5.0 FPGA Debug Solution

GateRocket launched version 5.0 of the RocketVision debugging software. RocketVision 5.0 enables engineers to select individual design blocks to run in their simulator or GateRocket’s RocketDrive hardware verification system. RocketVision 5.0 helps designers find and fix bugs faster, and avoid unnecessary re-runs of time-consuming synthesis-to-place-and-route iterations, reducing overall design bring-up time by 50% or more compared to traditional approaches. RocketVision 5.0 is a RocketDrive option and is available immediately with a starting price of $9,500.

The RocketVision software-based debugging tool is used in conjunction with simulation tools and GateRocket’s RocketDrive hardware verification product. It provides simulators with visibility into the FPGA hardware and enables automated diagnosis by comparing intended behavior with actual results in the FPGA. With the 5.0 software release, designers now have the ability to move instances of one or more design blocks that were executing in the FPGA to run in the simulator. The user can then make changes to the RTL to fix bugs in their design and simulate them in software while the rest of the design executes in the native FPGA hardware in the RocketDrive.

The new SoftPatch feature allows engineers to try a “soft” RTL fix to the FPGA without rerunning synthesis and place-and-route, eliminating hours of unproductive waiting time. Typically, when a bug is discovered, each correction requires a new synthesis and place-and-route cycle, and it can take days to resolve each bug. This is especially problematic in complex FPGA designs which commonly have large amounts of unfamiliar IP and hundreds of thousands of design elements. The SoftPatch feature provides an intuitive and efficient way to sequence through each bug and test fixes for them without re-building the FPGA. In this way the user can verify multiple fixes in a single day and then perform an overnight build that encompasses all the changes – saving weeks or months over the course of a project.

RocketVision 5.0 also includes an enhanced AutoCompare features that helps identify bugs at the block or full-chip level. It allows designers to automatically compare the signals between the RTL and hardware representations of the complete FPGA design and highlights any differences that occur. This significantly simplifies the debugging process and helps quickly identify the location of each divergence.

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