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Aldec’s Cloud-Based FPGA Emulation Services can save you money and time when prototyping your hardware

by Xilinx Employee ‎08-07-2017 02:11 PM - edited ‎08-07-2017 02:13 PM (38,708 Views)


Semiwiki’s Bernard Murphy recently published a blog titled “Cloud-Based Emulation” that describes the cloud-based version of Aldec’s HES FPGA-based hardware-emulation and -prototyping platform and HES-DVM, an automated and scalable hybrid verification environment for SoC, ASIC, and FPGA-based designs. You access this service through Amazon Web Services’ Elastic Compute cloud (AWS EC2). Murphy’s blog is based on a blog written by Krzysztof Szczur, the Hardware Verification Products Manager at Aldec that’s titled “Emulation on the Cloud.”


Here’s a conceptual picture of Aldec’s cloud-based offering:



Aldec HES-DVM in the Cloud.jpg 



At the bottom is the actual Aldec server hardware, which resides at Aldec. It’s based on the company’s HES7XV1380BP Prototyping and Emulation Board. That board incorporates two Xilinx Virtex-7 690T FPGAs. Like amazon’s own FPGA offering, the AWS EC2 F1 instance, Aldec’s HES Cloud is an interesting new way to provide instant access to FPGA capabilities via the cloud. I expect to see more application like this in the future.


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