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Toshiba's "Easy Prototyping" Solution for Custom SoC Development Platform Reduces Need for Customer's Own Design Resources

12th September 2016

Toshiba Corporation announced today the immediate availability of "Easy Prototyping", a solution that allows reuse of the design assets required to develop large scale custom SoC[1] with FPGA[2] prototyping[3].  Adoption of the solution dramatically shortens the development time from FPGA prototyping to custom SoC development. Easy Prototyping is available on Toshiba’s ASIC[4] and FFSA™ [5] platforms.

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In conventional FPGA prototyping, SoC designers cannot reuse FPGA hardware and software design assets for custom SoC development because FPGA libraries[6] and IPs[7] are FPGA specific. Easy Prototyping facilitates the reuse of these assets for custom SoC design by adapting the FPGA prototyping libraries, leveraging Toshiba's libraries and IP subsystems[8]. This enables designers to identify the interface and easily switch between FPGA prototyping and SoC implementation with the Toshiba provided wrapper logic[9].

Easy Prototyping method ENG

Toshiba supports third party IP with a good track record in FPGA and provides them as subsystems that are verified for connectivity with Toshiba’s custom SoC solutions. 10 Gigabit Ethernet (MorethanIP), PCI Express®[10] 3.0/2.1/1.1 (Northwest Logic), DDR3 SDRAM[11] controller (Northwest Logic) are available immediately for Easy Prototyping, and the line-up is being expanded to cover additional solutions.
 

Going forward, Toshiba will continue to provide solutions that help customers to optimize system design and achieve timely product development.

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Notes:

[1] A custom System-on-Chip is an integrated circuit for a specific application which embeds major system components and which is not programmable after manufacturing. Its performance is superior to FPGA in general.

[2] Field Programmable Gate Array; a device that is programmable after manufacturing.

[3] A verification method for hardware design as well as early software and firmware co-design using FPGA.

[4] Application Specific Integrated Circuit; unlike general purpose processor, an ASIC is optimized for specific applications.

[5] Fit Fast Structured Array™; an innovative technology enables Toshiba to develop integrated circuits with much lower development costs and much shorter development turn-around times by significantly reducing the number of layers that must be customized. Refer to http://toshiba.semicon-storage.com/eu/product/custom-soc/platform/ffsa.html

[6] Specific design elements provided by the FPGA vendor.

[7] Intellectual Property; a reusable design block fulfilling a certain well defined functionality.

[8] The IP solution consists of IPs required to develop SoC. It is designed to be easy to implement into high speed interface subsystems.

[9] A circuit block surrounding device specific IPs with the purpose to absorb any differences of the enclosed IPs for FPGA and ASIC/FFSA™ and to make them look identical to the outside world.

[10] Peripheral Component Interconnect Express; common industry standard used to connect peripheral devices to a central processing unit with sufficient band width.

[11] Double Data Rate Synchronous Dynamic Random Access Memory; industry standard for external volatile memory devices.
 

To find out more about Toshiba custom SoC solutions, visit http://toshiba.semicon-storage.com/eu/product/custom-soc.html

*PCI Express is a registered trademark of PCI-SIG.

*FFSA is a trademark of Toshiba Corporation

*All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners.

*Information in this document, including product prices and specifications, content of services and contact information, is current on the date of the announcement but is subject to change without prior notice.

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