When developing ASICs, there are various reasons for using FPGA-based prototypes. While emulation is, among other things, about the possibility of developing software applications in parallel while the final ASIC does not yet exist, physical prototyping focuses on other aspects, such as interaction with the real system in which the later ASIC is supposed to work. The ALDEC HES products offer many possibilities here.
One-time programmable ASICs
Radiation-tolerant FPGAs based on antifuse technology can only be programmed once. Since the components are usually associated with high costs, it makes sense in the development process to access alternative pin-compatible substitute solutions that can be programmed multiple times. We have a solution for exactly this application with the ALDEC RTAX adapters.
Prototyping of embedded systems boards
During the development of System On Chip applications with FPGAs or ASICs, it is useful to have a complete system board available that allows the different interfaces of the complex SoCs to be tested. Often the HDL developers already have the first FPGA implementation, but the final system is not yet available. This is where the ALDEC TySOM boards can help, allowing complex embedded systems to be realised.