Bus fabric-level debug for Complex SoC development
PORTLAND, OR, June 1, 2005 -- First Silicon Solutions (FS2®) announced today the availability of the FS2 SB Navigator, a comprehensive trace and debug solution supporting Sonics® SiliconBackplane™ SMART Interconnects™. SB Navigator is a component of the Bus Navigator suite of FS2 products used for system-level debug of complex embedded systems.
“SB Navigator provides much needed visibility into the dynamics of SoC data flows that is critical for architectural exploration, and also helps Sonics in its initiative to advance reference design flows for its SMART Interconnects.” says Drew Wingard, chief technology officer for Sonics.
SB Navigator provides SoC developers with the critical bus-level visibility needed to simplify and facilitate analysis of core-level intercommunications when developing complex SoCs. The versatility of SB Navigator makes it an effective solution for hardware testing and integration, handshaking and protocol optimizations, BIOS development, and firmware/software development.
SB Navigator consists of an on-chip instrumentation (OCI) block that connects through the SiliconBackplane snoop port to provide in silicon-based triggering and trace, along with support for JTAG probe control and display system analysis software intercommunications. SB Navigator can be used standalone, or as part of FS2’s Multi-core Embedded Debug (MED) on-chip instrumentation environment for embedded silicon, which includes multi-core system HyperDebug™ blocks, processor-specific in system analyzer blocks, and other bus and logic specific instrumentation options.
“When designing with state-of-the-art, high performance intelligent internal interconnects, such as SiliconBackplane, there is a need for new types of debug and analysis tools to visualize the internal workings of these very sophisticated SoCs. FS2 utilized Sonics’ vast system knowledge to help provide a highly attractive feature set for our Navigator tools,” said Rick Leatherman, president of First Silicon Solutions.
FS2 SB Navigator key features:
Real time trace support for over 175 signals (for 64 bit data bus) available through the snoop bus port Supports raw trace or bus alignment in line processing of SiliconBackplane signals Comprehensive GUI and Command line control and “logic analyzer look and feel” display interface Multi-level combinatorial and sequential triggering for advanced trace and system control External triggering, dual counter, and timestamp options for sophisticated debug and performance analysis On Chip Instrumentation provided as fully synthesizable, vender neutral RTL Standalone operation or customized integration with processor debug tools Supported via JTAG interfaces under both Windows® and Linux
The silicon overhead of SB Navigator in a design is as low as 30K gates, plus a user defined amount of on-chip RAM for trace. SB Navigator supports bus alignment trace mode, which allows multi-cycle bus operations to be triggered and viewed as a simplified single cycle transaction. SB Navigator can also optionally filter trace to exclude idle or other unwanted bus cycles.
SB Navigator is supported by FS2s’ System Navigator, a compact chassis probe that connects to the target system using a 14-pin debug connector. The System Navigator runs on a Windows® 2000/XP PC over a USB 2.0 port or optional 10/100 Ethernet connection. The System Navigator OE (original edition) uses a USB 1.1 or IEEE-1284 EPP/ECP high-speed parallel port.
FS2 SB Navigator is available now. Contact FS2 or visit http://www.fs2.com for information.
About First Silicon Solutions (FS2)
FS2 specializes in custom silicon IP, design services and OCI® (On-Chip Instrumentation) development tools for programming, testing and debug of embedded systems in FPGA, SoC, SOPC, ASSP and ASIC devices. FS2 OCI-based products include CLAM® (Configurable Logic Analyzer Modules) based Logic Navigator™ and Bus Navigator™ tools for IP debug, core specific System Navigator tools for processor debug and trace, and MED® (Multi-core Embedded Debug) tools for SoC debug. FS2 products enable silicon vendors and their customers to develop and more effectively market their products, reduce development cycles, allowing them to focus on delivering all the potential of the system on silicon.
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