Synopsys Unveils Industry’s First Unified Emulation and Prototyping System Addressing Verification Requirements Throughout the Chip Development Lifecycle

Unified hardware provides flexible capacity with faster compilation for hardware verification and higher performance for software development

MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif., September 20, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — Offering new levels of performance and flexibility for SoC verification and early software development, Synopsys, Inc. (Nasdaq: SNPS) today announced the industry’s first unified hardware system for emulation and prototyping based on the Synopsys ZeBu® EP1 emulation system. By adding prototyping functionality to Synopsys ZeBu EP1, the industry’s fastest billion-gate emulation system, customers can enjoy a single hardware verification system throughout their chip development cycle.

“As software content and hardware complexity continue to grow, SoC design teams are constantly looking for faster and faster emulation and prototyping capability to achieve their hardware verification and software development goals,” said Rohit Vora, Senior Vice President of R&D in the Systems Design Group at Synopsys. “The Synopsys ZeBu EP1 system represents a major innovation in verification hardware by providing a single system that supports both emulation and prototyping with higher performance and faster emulation compile time. With the Synopsys ZeBu EP1 system, industry-leading companies have achieved 19 MHz emulation and 100-MHz prototyping clock performance, allowing them to run large amounts of pre-silicon software and accelerate development schedules. project.”

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Benefits of Unified Emulation and Prototyping System

Hardware verification teams use emulation systems for faster SoC design verification, while software development teams need the extra performance that can be achieved with prototyping technology. However, it has been difficult for chip and system development teams to determine in advance the optimal balance between hardware emulation and prototyping capability. The new Synopsys ZeBu EP1 system with flexible hardware helps eliminate this dilemma. Teams are freed from the constraints of fixed hardware, allowing their verification and software development requirements to determine how and when to move capability between emulation and prototyping, rather than having to estimate the quantity of each early on. resource that may be needed.

The unified hardware system provides an easy-to-setup emulation stream with high performance and support for full debugging visibility. Verification and software teams can validate designs against real-world interfaces with the highest possible performance using the ZeBu EP1 system prototyping flow. The unified hardware also benefits from Synopsys’ new faster compile technology to reduce execution time by up to 3x compared to previous generation compile technology.

Synopsys protocol solutions for ZeBu EP1 offer a wide range of connectivity options to enable running complex software stacks and support many advanced interface protocols, such as PCI Express® (PCIe®) 5.0/6.0 , USB 4, HBM3 and Universal Chiplet Interconnect Express (UCIe) via:

  • High-speed connectivity with protocol interface cards
  • Transactors including virtual testers for virtual interface connectivity
  • Speed ​​adapters for in-circuit emulation
  • Synopsys IP Prototyping Kits, for rapid IP integration, software development and system validation

In combination with the Synopsys Virtualizer™ virtual prototyping tool, software developers have access to a fast hardware target for developing and testing their software using unified hardware for hybrid emulation and prototyping .

What industry leaders are saying

“Computation is becoming more and more complex and it is essential that we work together to overcome some of the hardware and software challenges to pave the way for innovation,” said Tran Nguyen, Senior Director of Design Services at Arm. “As more and more Arm-based software applications are developed in mobile graphics, automotive, 5G and HPC, there is a growing demand for emulation and prototyping capability. The Synopsys ZeBu System EP1 helps address the need for more verification cycles by providing unified hardware with flexible capability at the fastest performance.”

“Synopsys continues to innovate its family of verification hardware with the latest Synopsys ZeBu EP1 system, the first unified hardware to scale emulation and prototyping capability,” said Narendra Konda, vice president of hardware engineering at NVIDIA. “As NVIDIA continues to accelerate the pace of innovation in compute-intensive areas like GPU, AI, and ADAS, our long-standing collaboration with Synopsys enables us to meet verification needs and validation of chip designs now and in the future.”

About Synopsys

Synopsys, Inc. (Nasdaq: SNPS) is the Silicon to Software™ partner for innovative companies that develop the electronic products and software applications we rely on every day. As an S&P 500 company, Synopsys has long been a global leader in electronic design automation (EDA) and semiconductor intellectual property and offers the broadest portfolio of testing tools and services in industry application security. Whether you’re a system-on-chip (SoC) designer creating advanced semiconductors or a software developer writing more secure, high-quality code, Synopsys has the solutions to deliver innovative products. Learn more at

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