Toshiba America has created a methodology that not only speeds up the SoC design process but also significantly reduces the customer’s end product development time. Time savings is only one of the benefits derived from this process; another is the first time success in both the SoC and the end system product. An FPGA-based SoC prototype is the key factor in creating the SoC and the end product in parallel. In this way a complete System Level Design Methodology and Software Driven Verification for the SoC and its target system was created. This paper describes the features and functions required from the FPGA system and how it is being used in joint projects by the chip provider and the end system developers.

Reprinted in its entirety from ARM IQ Vol. 4, No. 2, 2005