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Synopsys Unveils Industry’s First Unified Emulation and Prototyping System 

MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif., Sept. 21, 2022 -- Delivering new levels of performance and flexibility for SoC verification and early software development, Synopsys, Inc. has announced the industry's first unified hardware system for emulation and prototyping based on the Synopsys ZeBu EP1 emulation system. By adding prototyping functionality to Synopsys ZeBu EP1, the industry's fastest billion-gates emulation system, customers can take advantage of a single verification hardware system throughout their chip development lifecycle.

"As software content and hardware complexity keep growing, SoC design teams are consistently looking for more and faster emulation and prototyping capacity to achieve their hardware verification and software development goals," said Rohit Vora, senior vice president of R&D in the Systems Design Group at Synopsys. "The Synopsys ZeBu EP1 system represents a major innovation in verification hardware by providing a single system supporting both emulation and prototyping with higher performance and faster emulation compile time. With Synopsys ZeBu EP1 system, industry-leading companies have achieved 19-MHz emulation and 100-MHz prototyping clock performance, enabling them to run large amounts of software pre-silicon and accelerate project schedules."

Unified Emulation and Prototyping System Benefits

Hardware verification teams use emulation systems for faster SoC design verification, while software development teams need the additional performance that can be achieved with prototyping technology. However, it has been challenging for chip and system development teams to determine upfront the optimal balance of emulation and prototyping hardware capacity. The new Synopsys ZeBu EP1 system with flexible hardware helps eliminate this dilemma. Teams are free from the constraints of fixed hardware, allowing their verification and software development requirements to drive how and when to shift capacity between emulation and prototyping, rather than having to estimate early on how much of each resource might be needed.

The unified hardware system provides an easy-to-bring-up emulation flow with high performance and support for full debug visibility. Verification and software teams can validate designs against real-world interfaces at the highest possible performance using the prototyping flow of the ZeBu EP1 system. The unified hardware also benefits from Synopsys' new faster compile technology to reduce turnaround time by up to 3x compared to the previous generation's compile technology.

To learn more about the next-generation Synopsys ZeBu EP1 system, which is available now, click here.

About Synopsys

Synopsys is the Silicon to Software partner for innovative companies developing the electronic products and software applications we rely on every day. As an S&P 500 company, Synopsys has a long history of being a global leader in electronic design automation (EDA) and semiconductor IP and offers the industry's broadest portfolio of application security testing tools and services. Whether you're a system-on-chip (SoC) designer creating advanced semiconductors, or a software developer writing more secure, high-quality code, Synopsys has the solutions needed to deliver innovative products.

Source: Synopsys

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