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Start-up takes FPGA design to the cloud

Posted: 08 Jan 2013  Print Version  Bookmark and Share

Keywords:FPGA  cloud  chip design  analysis  verification 

Plunify has opened up new possibilities for FPGA designers through the use of the cloud. The start-up has developed a platform that claims to significantly speed up chip design workflows, and save time and money in the process, noted the company.

"Before Plunify, lengthy, repetitive build iterations were necessary for each design, implementation was slow and design collaboration was extremely limited.�Now, with multiple servers accelerating design flow and the cloud providing secure design collaboration capabilities, the sky (no pun intended!) is the limit for FPGA designers," said Harnhua Ng, director of engineering for Plunify.�"Plunify also gives designers access to advanced analysis and verification tools as well as hardware on demand—on a pay for what you need, when you need it basis.�By combining all of this into a one-stop-shop for chip design, Plunify's approach can generate a savings of greater than 50 percent—with a TCO reduction of between 35 and 55 percent."

Chip design companies are looking to reduce development costs as well as shorten their products' time-to-market.�Design and verification include compute-intensive processes such as complex simulations, rigorous regression testing and meticulous timing closure.�By maximizing the parallelism and flexibility of cloud computing, Plunify enables these tasks to be performed at a fraction of the time and with significantly less overhead, noted the company.





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