20.10.2014 -

PRO DESIGN Releases Embedded Processing Platform for FPGA based SoC and IP Prototyping

Munich, 20 October 2014

PRO DESIGN today announced the launch of its new proFPGA Zynq™ 7000 FPGA Module, a complete embedded processing platform for the development and verification of SoC and IP design.

The proFPGA product family is a complete, scalable, and modular multi FPGA Prototyping solution, which fulfills highest needs in the area of FPGA based ASIC Prototyping. A new member of this modular and flexible system concept is the proFPGA Zynq™ 7000 FPGA module, which can be easily mounted on the proFPGA uno, duo or quad motherboard and mixed together with various other proFPGA modules like the proFPGA Virtex 7 2000T FPGA module. The proFPGA Zynq™ 7000 FPGA module addresses customers who require a complete embedded processing platform for high performance SoC Prototyping solution, IP verification and early software development. The innovative system concept and technologies offer highest flexibility and reuseability for several projects, which guarantees the best return on invest.

Equipped with a Xilinx Zynq™XC7Z045 or XC7Z100 FPGA which combines a user FPGA with an ARM Core Processor (Dual ARM® Cortex™-A9 MPCore™ with CoreSight™) and several on board interfaces like USB 2.0 OTG, Gigabit Ethernet or ARM JTAG debug in-terface the Board offers a complete embedded processing platform. The board includes already 1 GB on board DDR3 and dual quad SPI flash memory.

Most of todays SoC designs contain an ARM processor. Instead of implementing the ARM core into a FPGA and occupying important FPGA resources the user can take the proFPGA Zynq™ module which has already an embedded ARM processor with verified interfaces like USB 2.0, OTG or Gigabit Ethernet and memories. Further the FPGA module offers a direct ARM debug interface that you user can benefit and use the proven ARM debug environment in combination with the proFPGA prototyping system and can focus on the verification of his design.

The new proFPGA Zynq™ module offers a total of 2 extension sites on the top with 260 standard I/Os and 16 high speed serial transceivers for extending the board with standard proFPGA or user specific extension boards or to easily interconnect it to further proFPGA FPGA modules to extend the capacity. The well designed board is optimized and trimmed to guarantee best signal integrity to achieve highest performance and allow a maximum point to point speed of up to 1.2 Gbps over the standard FPGA I/O and up to 12.5 Gbps over the high speed serial transceivers. The proFPGA-System comes with the proFPGA Builder software, which provides an extensive set of features, like an advanced clock management, integrated self- and performance test, automatic board detection, I/O voltage programming, system scan- and safety mechanism and remote system configuration in seconds via USB, or Ethernet which extraordinarily simplifies the usage of the proFPGA system.

"We are proud of the success we have achieved with our proFPGA product line so far. We released the product just the end of 2012 and were able to win already over 30 semiconductor vendor in 10 different countries. This confirms that the customers accept and like our modular system concept, which offers a great degree of flexibility while still providing the high system performance. The new proFPGA Zynq™ 7000 FPGA module extends our product portfolio and now even more users can benefit from our proFPGA solution for further applications", said Gunnar Scholl, CEO of PRO DESIGN.

Availability and Price
The proFPGA Zynq™ 7000 FPGA Module is available since October 2014 and the starting price is US$ 8.600.

About proFPGA
The proFPGA product family is a complete, scalable, and modular multi FPGA Prototyping solution, which fulfills highest needs in the area of ASIC and IP Prototyping and pre-silicon software development. The proFPGA product series consists of different kind of motherboards, various Xilinx Virtex 7 based FPGA Modules, a set of interconnection boards/cables, and a range of daughter boards (e.g. DDR3 memory boards, high speed interface boards (like PCIe, USB 3.0, Gigabit Ethernet, etc.). It addresses customers who need a scalable and most flexible high performance FPGA based Prototyping solution for early software development and IP and ASIC verification. The innovative system concept and technologies offers best in class reusability for several projects, which guarantees the best return on invest.

The privately held company was founded in 1982 and has around 80 employees, with various facilities in Germany and France. PRO DESIGN has more than 30 years of experience in the EDA market and as provider in the E²MS market. It has built extensive knowledge in the areas of FPGA Board development, electronic engineering, FPGA design, high performance PCB design, construction, production, assembly and testing.

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