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    by Published on 06-24-2013 01:46 PM
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    ASIC prototyping from multiple vendors using FPGA boards was popular at DAC again this year in Austin, Texas. I stopped by the Tektronix booth for a few minutes to meet with Dave Orecchio to get an update.


    Dave Orecchio (right), Tektronix
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    by Published on 05-18-2013 09:00 AM
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    As an engineer I learn new concepts best by seeing a demonstration, in this case it was a demo of how to optimize SoC performance by using an ASIC prototyping debug process. SoC designers that use FPGAs to prototype their new ASIC often encounter debug issues, like:

    • Limited observability of internal nets required for debug, maybe only 1,000 nets for 1,000 clock cycles
    • Adding new internal probes requires a re-run of logic synthesis, causing delays of 8 or more hours
    • Partitioning RTL to fit into FPGAs automatically or manually can be error prone, or
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    by Published on 05-13-2013 08:00 AM
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    If we grew up in similar eras you will know Tektronix as a company that manufactures test and measurement devices. Every lab I was in during high school and college had Tek oscilloscopes and logic analyzers. At #50DAC however, attendees that visit Tektronix will experience firsthand RTL simulation-level visibility to multi-FPGA prototypes eliminating recompiles for faster, more efficient debugging.
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    by Published on 04-30-2013 06:15 PM
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    ASIC prototyping in FPGAs is starting to trend on SemiWiki. As FPGA technology becomes more advanced customers tell me that the traditional debug tools are inadequate. Faced with the very restrictive debugging capabilities and very long synthesis/place/route times the debugging cycle in these prototype platforms are quite long and painful.

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    by Published on 03-20-2013 01:53 PM
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    2. Semiconductor Design,
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    Many engineers dream about starting their own company some day, and today I talked with an engineer that has gone beyond the dreaming stage to actually start an EDA company and then get that company acquired. His name is Brad Quinton and the start-up was called Veridae Systems, now part of Tektronix.


    Brad Quinton
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    by Published on 02-22-2013 12:59 PM
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    Early in my so-called EE career, I sat in a workshop led by the director of quality for the Ford truck plant in Louisville, KY, where “Quality is Job #1.” At that time, they were gaining experience in electronic control modules (ECMs) for fuel efficiency and emissions control. Who better to transfer the secrets of Crosby and Deming to a bunch of missile designers?

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    by Published on 01-31-2013 06:10 PM
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    Engineers have this fascination with how things work. They are thrilled to tear stuff apart, and sometimes to even be able to put it back together afterwords. So I can keep my recovering engineer card, I thought I’d take a few moments and look inside a technology Daniel Payne and I have been covering here, exploring where the idea started and how the approach is different.

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    by Published on 01-03-2013 08:28 PM
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    Last month the folks at Tektronix did something very useful, they invited 30 engineers to talk directly with their chief engineer of embedded instrumentation as part of "Meet the Experts" in Santa Clara, CA.


    Brad Quinton, Chief Architect created a new and efficient approach of embedding instrumentation in your ASIC design when doing an FPGA prototype. His start-up company ...
    by Published on 12-21-2012 07:00 AM
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    Anyone who has been around technology consortia or standards bodies will tell you that the timeline from inception to mainstream adoption of a new embedded technology is about 5 years, give or take a couple dream cycles. You can always tell the early stage, where very different concepts try to latch on to the same, simple term.

    Such is the case with embedded instrumentation. At least four different post-silicon approaches ...
    by Published on 11-25-2012 05:00 PM
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    Collaboration in EDA is nothing new, however you may not be aware of how the Dini Group and Tektronix have worked together on an FPGA prototyping platform to address issues like debugging with full visibility across an entire multi-FPGA design. At SemiWiki we've blogged a couple of times so far about the new debug approach from Tektronix called Certus 2.0: ...

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