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S2C SPEEDS FPGA PROTOTYPING AND INCREASES SCALABILITY

Gabe Moretti, Senior Editor

ARM has always done an outstanding job in providing support for its processors.  In the specific case of the ARMv8-A processor its Prodigy interface has been used by S2C to create a development environment that allows engineers to configure FPGAs in the system.

The Prodigy Interface Module for ARM Juno works with the ARM Juno Development Platform and Prodigy Logic Modules to speed up and increase scalability of FPGA prototyping for designs based on ARMv8-A. The Prodigy Interface Module for Juno effectively bridges the software development environment to the S2C’s Prodigy Logic Modules for prototyping custom logic blocks alongside the ARM processor.

The ARM Juno Development Platform includes the Juno Versatile Express board and an ARMv8-A reference software port available through Linaro Linux. The Prodigy Interface Module for Juno works seamlessly with the Prodigy Complete Prototyping Platform that includes advanced capabilities for design partitioning, prototype configuration, multi-FPGA debug, and the ability to scale beyond 1.5B gates utilizing the Prodigy Cloud Cube architecture.

Prodigy Interface Module Kit for ARM Juno includes the following:

  • One Prodigy Interface Module for Juno
  • One I/O loopback test module for ARM Juno
  • One 8GB DDR4 Pre-tested SO-DIMM Memory Module
  • One 400mm Prodigy Cable
  • One reference design for Juno, tutorial guide and application note

The kit also includes a complete easy set up reference design that shows:

  • Comprehensive self-testing between the Prodigy Logic Modules and the Juno ARM Development Platform
  • Expanded FPGA capacity
  • Early porting of OS kernel or driver code for ARMv8-A processors
  • High-speed DDR4 memory access between the Logic Module(s) and Juno ARM Development Platform

S2C Additional capabilities

S2C Inc. has announced the availability of its Prodigy Juno ARM Interface Module. The module works with the Juno ARM Development Platform, speeding up and increasing the scalability of FPGA prototyping for designs based on ARMv8-A architecture. The Prodigy Juno ARM Interface Module effectively bridges the software development environment to S2C’s Prodigy Logic Modules, for prototyping custom logic blocks alongside the ARM-based processor.

The Juno ARM Development Platform includes the Juno Versatile Express board and an ARMv8-A reference software port available through Linaro Linux. The new system includes advanced capabilities for design partitioning, prototype configuration, multi-FPGA debug, and the ability to scale beyond 1.5B gates utilizing the Prodigy Cloud Cube architecture.

S2C provides a complete easy set up reference design as part of the Prodigy Juno ARM Interface Module package. It connects S2C Prodigy Virtex UltraScale and Kintex UltraScale Logic Modules with the Juno ARM Development Platform. The reference design shows:

1)      Comprehensive self-testing between the two environments

2)      Expanded FPGA capacity

3)      Early porting of OS kernel or driver code for ARMv8-A processors

4)      High-speed DDR4 memory access between the Logic Module(s) and Juno ARM Development Platform

Figure 1: The integrate system showing both ARM and S2C subsystems

“Within the ARM ecosystem our partners are developing larger and more complex designs that require advanced prototyping tools,” said Vincent Korstanje, vice president of marketing, systems and software group, ARM. “Our collaboration with S2C will help partners to verify these designs and accelerate software development using the Juno ARM Development Platform.”

The Prodigy Juno Interface Module is available now for the Prodigy Virtex UltraScale Logic Module series.

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