DAC 52 was an exciting show for UltraSoC. We demonstrated UltraDebug technology in action, monitoring and analyzing the operation of an FPGA-based system containing both ARM and Tensilica Xtensa processors.

If you weren’t able to attend the show, this short video shows the demo in operation.

At the show we had lots of interest in our UltraDebug universal debug solution – and in the analytics and forensics it enables. Many in the SoC design community accept that today we face a true moment of crisis. Modern SoCs that combine multiple heterogeneous processor cores sourced from multiple IP vendors, as well as custom logic, are simply too complex to debug using conventional techniques.

Our visitors at DAC immediately understood the value and power of a holistic, vendor-independent approach to debug.  CEO Rupert Baines explains more in the video below.

Rupert also took part in a video interview with EDACafe, in which he explained more about pre- and post-silicon debug challenges and solutions.

Our presentation at DAC was on the topic of design for analytics (DfA). We looked at how DfA capabilities enable teams, from designers to field support engineers, to access devices, systems and software to make products succeed. The same SoC debug technology that is so powerful in pre-silicon design can be used to add real value to end products.

We’re convinced that by taking a new approach to DfA we can meet the needs of SoC vendors, OEMs and ODMs. Analytics can be used throughout the product lifecycle, enabling more timely market entry and better product quality. But this requires a fundamental shift in approach that makes analytics an integral system feature, with a holistic platform for all applications, re-usable IP for the whole system, connectivity that is suited to use throughout the product lifecycle, and universal system-centric development tools.

If you’d like some more information about design for analytics, just fill in the form below and we’ll email you a link to a presentation on the topic.