Shown for the first time at the Design Automation Conference (DAC) the Certus 2.0 suite of software and RTL-based embedded instruments fundamentally changes the ASIC prototyping flow by enabling full RTL-level visibility and making FPGA internal visibility a feature of the prototyping platform. This simulation-level visibility allows engineers to diagnose multiple defects in a day versus a week or more with existing tools.
"Proactive debug capability for ASIC prototypes has been missing within the FPGA ecosystem," said Dave Farrell, general manager for the embedded instrumentation group at Tektronix. "DAC attendees will now be able to see firsthand how Certus 2.0 fundamentally changes the ASIC prototyping flow and dramatically increases debug productivity."
Proactive debug strategy
Certus 2.0 allows designers to automatically instrument all the signals likely to be needed in each of the FPGAs in a multi-FPGA ASIC prototype with a small FPGA LUT impact. This enables a proactive debug and instrumentation strategy, eliminating the need to re-compile the FPGA to debug each new behavior, typically a painful eight to eighteen hour ordeal with traditional tools. Other key capabilities include:
Certus 2.0 works on any existing commercial or custom ASIC prototyping platform, and does not need special connectors, cables, or external hardware.
Tektronix Embedded Instrumentation Solutions
Following the acquisition of Veridae Systems in 2011, Tektronix Embedded Instrumentation solutions reflect the growing importance of Electronic Design Automation (EDA) software in helping engineers solve difficult instrumentation and debug challenges.
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