Framingham, Mass. – March 14, 2013
Bluespec, Inc., today announced *Semu™, a software solution that delivers emulation speeds at simulation prices: affordable, easy-to-use desktop emulation with low-cost Xilinx® FPGA-based development cards. Semu speeds up long functional verification runs by up to 10,000X to quickly flush out tough corner cases on complex IP blocks and subsystems using application driven data sets and pseudo-random testing. By easily integrating RTL IP into SystemC/C/C++ Virtual Platforms, Semu also enables cost-effective hybrid prototyping for high-speed, hardware-accurate pre-silicon software development.
Traditional emulation, with its large capacities, serves the needs of verification and emulation teams doing full-system validation. Meanwhile, individual ASIC and FPGA developers, including architects, modelers, designers and even verification engineers, have been limited primarily to simulation and, for the adventurous, home-grown FPGA-based solutions. For these users, Semu brings together the power of FPGAs and C to deliver Desktop Emulation, a high-speed verification and hybrid prototyping solution targeted to their capacity, budget and productivity needs.
Semu connects to standard, low-cost Xilinx FPGA development boards through a Linux PC to deliver affordable, desktop emulation. With Connect, Build and Go automated setup, users can deploy Semu in hours, not weeks:
Semu provides dynamic visibility and hardware breakpoint capability against 100% of the register state in a design at any time to give a debug experience that feels more like software than hardware. Dynamic debug eliminates the requirement to frequently re-instrument and re-synthesize, so debug iterations can be performed in minutes, not hours or days.
Semu is a software package that runs on a Linux PC and provides an easy-to-use GUI for project configuration, build, run and debug. Semu includes ready-to-use Verification IP (VIP) templates that users can leverage to bring up designs quickly. Semu will initially support Verilog designs up to 2 Million gates when used with a Xilinx ML605 board. Support for additional Xilinx FPGA-based boards will soon provide higher capacities up to 14 Million gates.
Semu integrates dynamic debug, design-specific transactors, high-performance co-emulation, and the power of FPGAs all within a simple GUI and C APIs for Verilog designers. Bluespec’s synthesizable modeling is the key technology that enables bringing such complex, extremely flexible systems as Semu to market. Furthermore, it enables delivering the rich roadmap of transactors, verification IP, and next generation debug planned for Semu.
Semu is available now at pricing that starts at $9,500 for a time-based license and maintenance.
*Semu, pronounced see-mu, symbolizes attributes of both simulation and emulation.
Contact George Harper, Bluespec’s vice president of marketing, for more details. He can be reached at (781) 250-2200 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Bluespec technologies and solutions enable the earliest use of emulation and FPGA-based prototyping for high-speed modeling, verification and pre-silicon software development. Bluespec provides Emulation Tools, Emulation IP and High-Level Synthesis Tools. More information can be found on www.bluespec.com or by calling (781) 250-2200.
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