Open-Silicon .:. The Role and Benefits of FPGA Prototyping in the ASIC Design Cycle
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The Role and Benefits of FPGA Prototyping in the ASIC Design Cycle

Date: Tuesday, March 21, 2017
Time: 8:00 AM PDT / 11:00 AM EDT

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About the Webinar:

This joint Open-Silicon and PRO DESIGN Electronic webinar, moderated by Bernard Murphy of SemiWiki, addressed the benefits of FPGA-based prototyping in the ASIC design cycle, and the role it plays in significantly reducing the risk and schedules for specification-to-custom SoC (ASIC) development and the volume production ramp. Early software development and real time system verification, enabled by FPGA prototyping, offers a cost-efficient high-end solution that shortens process cycles, boosts reliability, increases design flexibility, and reduces risk and cost. The panellists outlined best practices to overcome technical design challenges encountered in FPGA prototype development, such as design partitioning, real-time interfaces, debug and design bring-up. They also discussed the key technical advantages that FPGA-based prototyping offers, such as architectural exploration, IP development, acceleration of RTL verification, pre-silicon firmware and software development, proof of concept and demonstrations. They also talked about its affect on performance, scalability, flexibility, modularity and connectivity.

Webinar focus audience:

This webinar was designed to address the queries of hardware system architects, hardware designers, SoC designers, ASIC designers, and SoC firmware and software developers.  To view this webinar recording please Email to


Bernard Murphy – Moderator

Bernard is a blogger for SemiWiki, covering IP and SoC design. He has also written past blogs for EE Times and has contributed to Semiconductor Engineering as well. Prior to joining SemiWiki, Bernard served as CTO for Atrenta for 15 years. He played a key role in the company’s inception in 2000 by creating the initial product line, launching the engineering organization, defining and driving several new products and initiating product positioning. Prior to that, Bernard served as Director of Western Region Services for Duet Technologies from 1993 to 1998, and Partnership Manager for Cadence Design Systems, Inc. from 1989 to 1993. Bernard holds a doctor of philosophy degree in nuclear physics and a bachelor’s degree in physics, both from the University of Oxford.

Speaker Biographies:

Philipp Ampletzer
Director of Sales and Business Development
PRO DESIGN Electronic GmbH

Philipp serves as Director of Sales and Business Development for PRO DESIGN Electronic GmbH in Germany. He has been with the company for over ten years, where he started as a project manager. He has also served as sales manager of the company’s Asia-Pacific region, and key account manager for the company’s “proFPGA” product family of ASIC prototyping systems and Electronic Engineering and Manufacturing Services (EMS). Philipp holds a bachelor of honor degree in business administration and engineering from Munich University of Applied Sciences. He is fluent in English, German and Spanish.


Sachin Jadhav
Technical Lead, Systems and Software Engineering

Sachin serves as Technical Lead of Systems and Software Engineering for Open-Silicon, where he manages the ASIC prototyping collateral operations. He has ten years of specialized experience in ASICs, architecture, embedded systems, debugging, embedded software, device drivers, communications protocols, shell scripting and kernel. Prior to joining Open-Silicon, Sachin held software and engineering positions at Pace, 2Wire and Calsoft Pvt. Ltd. He holds a bachelor’s degree in computer engineering from Pune Institute of Computer Technology.

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About PRO DESIGN Electronic GmbH

PRO DESIGN has more than 30 years of experience as provider in the E²MS market and has built extensive knowledge in the areas of electrical engineering, PCB design, production, assembly, measuring and testing – decades of experience that customers can benefit from. The company’s products and services include the proFPGA family of ASIC Prototyping and FPGA systems. The proFPGA system is a complete, scalable and modular multi FPGA solution, which fulfills highest needs in the area of FPGA based Prototyping. It addresses customers who need a scalable and most flexible high performance ASIC Prototyping solution for early software development and real time system verification. PRO DESIGN’s specialists work closely together and take advantage of interdisciplinary synergies. The results are powerful, cost-efficient high-end solutions characterized by sophisticated concepts, short process cycles and high reliability. PRO DESIGN’s focus on innovation, combined with highest quality requirements and functionality is the basis for long-term relationships with our customers. PRO DESIGN closely works together with you – actively and in partnership. PRO DESIGN is very fast and flexible, especially in situations where time is short and results are needed urgently. The privately held company was founded in 1982 and has around 85 employees, with various facilities for research, design and sales in Germany and France. To learn more, visit:

About Open-Silicon

Open-Silicon transforms ideas into system-optimized ASIC solutions within the time-to-market parameters desired by customers. The company enhances the value of customers’ products by innovating at every stage of design — architecture, logic, physical, system, software and IP — and then continues to partner to deliver fully tested silicon and platforms. Open-Silicon applies an open business model that enables the company to uniquely choose best-in-industry IP, design methodologies, tools, software, packaging, manufacturing and test capabilities. The company has partnered with over 150 companies ranging from large semiconductor and systems manufacturers to high-profile start-ups, and has successfully completed 300+ designs and shipped over 125 million ASICs to date. Privately held, Open-Silicon employs over 250 people in Silicon Valley and around the world.

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