The HAPS-51 is Synplicity, Inc., (Nasdaq:SYNP) latest addition to its HAPS(TM) (High-performance ASIC Prototyping System(TM)) product family. HAPS (High-performance ASIC Prototyping System) is a high performance and high-capacity FPGA-based system for ASIC prototyping and emulation. HAPS is a modular system, with multi-FPGA motherboards and standard or custom-made daughter boards, which can be stacked together in a variety of ways. Among the functions available on standard daughter boards are video processing, various memory types, and interfaces to Ethernet, USB, PCI Express and ARM(R) code modules.
The HAPS-51 leverages the Xilinx Virtex(TM)-5 LX330 and on-board memory to deliver faster ASIC verification. Previous HAPS systems employed daughter boards for memory access, while the new HAPS-51 uses memory located on the board and next to the FPGA device. As a result, the HAPS-51 system provides a cost-effective, high-performance prototyping solution that reduces development time for today’s challenging SoC designs.
The modular and extensible architecture of the HAPS-51 system offers several beneficial features that are designed to appeal to SoC designers and software developers. HAPS-51 utilizes the HapsTrak standard: a set of guidelines for pinout and mechanical characteristics to help ensure compatibility with previous and future generations of HAPS motherboards and daughter boards. A tight connection between the FPGA and the on-board DDR2 memory module enables flexible, high-speed memory access making the HAPS-51 a unique verification platform for all SoC designs with embedded processors and large software content. The HAPS-51 is equipped with programmable clock generators, sophisticated monitoring and self-test features, as well as remote configuration and setup capabilities. Additionally, multiple boards can be stacked or interconnected to support virtually any size ASIC, ASSP or SoC design.