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commercial visualization tool to look deeper into the signal and identify any faults. “We are working to add more capability, with simultaneous visibility over a thousand nodes by 2015”, commented Andrea Olgiati, responsible for developing DesignInsight as he ran a demo of the tool for EETimes Europe. Currently, the nodes to be observed in the design are chosen manually, but as a future tool development, Andrea plans to develop an automated node sweeping system capable of checking the entire design for correctness, based on a predetermined design rules. Because DesignInsight operates through a separate hardware fabric, on top of the actual reprogrammable logic layer, it does not require any interruption of the system in order to change views (collections of signals to be monitored) from one set of signals to another. New assertions written in SystemVerilog can be created and compiled in minutes and applied to the design transparently during normal device operation, even in systems deployed in the field. Pre-compiled DesignInsight views are also delivered with all of Tabula’s 100G pre-engineered solutions, providing users with examples of how the technology can provide visibility into key elements of these solutions. This dramatically reduces R&D costs and CAPEX for customers, since maintenance and indepth diagnostics can be performed remotely, no need to take the board off-line. “From the very beginning of creating the Spacetime programmable logic architecture, our goal was to rethink the user interfaces and the user experience of programmable logic”, commented Tabula’s founder and CTO Steve Teig. “We wanted to have observability without compromise, being able to design well and see everything from the design start to the fully functional product.” “Typically, once a design is in silicon, all the verification views are thrown away. While fixing the actual bugs is usually easy, 80 to 90% of the debugging time is spent finding where they are. We want to make that 80 to 90% phase shrink significantly.” Teig added. “After Spacetime and delivering functional hardware, Design- Insight is the second big development on Tabula’s roadmap, with a third announcement yet to come”, said Teig who has had all three developments clearly lined-up in his mind since founding the company, declining to say more about the road ahead. “The capability was always there, it is just that as a small company, we had to focus first on proving the Spacetime architecture with actual chips before we could spend resources on developing DesignInsight for our customers” clarified Bismuth. Full design observability is maintained throughout the Tabula design flow. mouser.com The Newest Products for Your Newest Designs® More new products More new technologies More added every day Authorised distributor of semiconductors and electronic components for design engineers. www.electronics-eetimes.com Electronic Engineering Times Europe November 2014 21 Newestproducts_93x277.indd 1 21/10/14 15:52


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