As the market for FPGAs continues to evolve, a new approach to FPGA debugging and validation is needed to reduce costs and time to market. The tools that support their cost-effective development must evolve as well, and expand their capabilities beyond what is available today.

This paper outlines a new approach to FPGA testing and validation. It includes comparison of how advanced FPGA validation tools compare to conventional FPGA tools and outlines the requirements for new tools for today’s market.