Tokyo, September 20, 2001 -- Hitachi, Ltd. (TSE: 6501) today announced
the SoC Emulator as a development tool for custom SoCs (Systems on
Chip) incorporating an SH2-DSP SuperHTM* 1
RISC microcomputer core. Sales will begin in December 2001 in Japan.
This emulator incorporates an evaluation chip with an SH2-DSP core,
and FPGAs (Field Programmable Gate Array) that enables writing of
peripheral modules, user logic circuits, and so forth, making it possible
to implement the same functions as an SoC device. This allows an SoC
device to be verified while connected to the user system prior to
actual chip protoyping, making it possible to shorten the user's system
software and hardware development times.
At present, the main debugging tool for hardware such as a board and
software such as a system program in developing a system that uses
a microcomputer is an in-circuit emulator that allows verification
by performing actual functional operations. Hitachi has previously
released products including the E10, E20, and E8000 as emulators for
the development of systems using standard SuperH microcomputer products.
Meanwhile, for custom SoC devices incorporating peripheral modules,
IP (Intellectual Property), user-designed logic circuits, and so forth,
such as custom LSIs, verification has been carried out using software
such as a simulator or logic emulator, with the resultant problems
of slower operating speeds than the actual device and the inability
to perform hardware debugging of peripheral functions. There has thus
been a strong demand for an emulator capable of high-speed operation
and actual functional operation while offering low cost and ease of
use for the development of custom SoC devices.
The present SoC Emulator has been designed to meet this need. It comprises
the following four types of board, and is used connected to a current
E10A, E20, or E8000S emulator. The configuration and features of this
new product are summarized below.
||Evaluation chip board [165 × 220 × 20 (mm)]:
Main board mounted with SH2-DSP core evaluation chip
||FPGA expansion board [100 × 145 × 10 (mm)]:
Expansion board connecting FPGA board (3)
||FPGA board [165 × 185 × 20 (mm)]: Board mounted
with FPGA for logic circuit writing
||Device control board for E8000S connection [141.8
× 254 × 20 (mm)]: Board for E8000S connection
A Windows(R)* 2
compatible PC can be used as the host computer. An ISA bus, PCI bus,
PCMCIA bus, and LAN interface are provided as standard interfaces, and
development of a USB interface is also planned for the future. Hitachi's
comprehensive development environment HEW (Hitachi Embedded Workshop),
linking various kinds of software including a C++ compiler, debugger,
and linker, is provided as a user interface, enabling highly efficient
development to be carried out.
||Same functions as actual chip implemented by installation
of FPGA board
One board is mounted with an FPGA enabling the configuration of
two peripheral modules or 200K-gate circuitry, and a maximum of
six boards can be connected. A SuperH microcomputer internal bus
and external bus are connected to the FPGA, enabling peripheral
modules and logic circuits incorporated in an SoC device to be
configured with FPGAs, providing the same functions as an actual
chip. In addition, functions that cannot be implemented with an
FPGA, such as an analog interface, can be added to an FPGA board.
||Real-time tracing possible using maximum 80 MHz
An SH2-DSP with a maximum operating frequency of 80 MHz is incorporated,
enabling real-time operational verification of an SoC device.
It is also possible to carry out hardware debugging of the internal
circuits of an SoC device, verification of which has not previously
||Highly efficient software development by real-time
OS(Operating System) or the software running on OS, such as middleware
or application software, is possible to operate by real-time operation.
This reduces the software debugging time and makes the highly
efficient software development.
||Choice of optimal combinations with current emulators
according to the development level
This new product is used in combination with a current E10A, E20,
or E8000S emulator, allowing the user to select the best combination--with
the full-function E8000S, compact E20, or card-type E10A--to suit
the development level and content. In addition, ease of use has
been improved by such means as simplifying connection to the user
system for greater compactness.
Future plans include the development of products offering
even greater ease of use, as well as products supporting other CPU cores.
||1. SuperH is a trademark of Hitachi,
||2. Windows is a registered trademark
of Microsoft Corporation in the USA and other countries.
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