S2C Announces AXI-4 Prototype Ready Quick Start Kit

Fastest path to conquering next IoT challenges unveiled at ARM TechCon

SAN JOSE, Calif. – S2C, Inc. announced today the release of its AXI-4 Prototype Ready™ Quick Start Kit, based on the Xilinx Zynq® device. The Quick Start Kit is the latest addition to S2C’s library of Prototype Ready IP and is uniquely suited to next-generation designs including the burgeoning Internet of Things (IoT). A demonstration of the Kit will be shown at the S2C booth at ARM® TechCon 2014 in Santa Clara, CA on October 1-3.

The Quick Start Kit adapts a Xilinx Zynq ZC702 Evaluation Board to an S2C TAI Logic Module. The evaluation board supplies a Zynq device containing dual-core ARM Cortex®-A9 processors and a programmable logic capacity of 1.3M gates. The Quick Start Kit expands this capacity by extending the AXI-4 bus onboard the Zynq chip to external FPGAs on the TAI Logic Module prototyping system. This allows designers to quickly leverage a production-proven, AXI-connected prototyping platform with a large, scalable logic capacity – all supported by a suite of prototyping tools.

“Our customers are moving with unprecedented speed, conquering IoT challenges and bringing their products quickly to a highly competitive market,” noted Toshio Nakama, CEO of S2C. “With such fierce competition, they need the advantage of exploring their designs quickly and proceeding with hardware optimization and software refinement. This Quick Start Kit gives them the tools to do precisely that.”

Mark Jensen, Director of Xilinx’s Partner Ecosystems and Alliances added, "We appreciate the way S2C has leveraged this technology. By integrating our Zynq All Programmable SoC device with their Virtex-based prototyping system, they have provided designers an instant avenue to large-gate count prototypes centered around ARM's Cortex-A9 processor.”

About the AXI-4 Prototype Ready Quick Start Kit

The Kit is designed for engineers developing ARM-based devices and applications. The AXI-4 Prototype Ready Quick Start Kit includes components needed to get an ARM-based prototype up and running on S2C’s prototyping system:

• Xilinx Zynq ZC702 Evaluation Board

• S2C Zynq 702 Interface Module, plus HDMI TX Module, and GPIO Extension Module

• AXI-4 Bridge IP (extends the AXI-4 bus from Zynq 702 to TAI Logic Module FPGAs)

• Reference design of graphic application through HDMI output port

• Reference Manual, simulation files and timing constraints

The Kit is compatible with S2C’s prototyping platforms. A Quad Virtex-7 TAI Logic Module extends the Prototype Ready Kit to 80M gates of logic capacity, and multiple TAI Logic Modules can be stacked to provide even higher capacity.

The AXI-4 Prototype Ready Quick Start Kit provides the fastest path to a fully functioning ARM-based prototype design, along with the operational flow needed to immediately pursue hardware and/or software development.

S2C Prototype Ready IP Library

S2C provides 70+ off-the-shelf daughter cards and reference designs targeted to S2C’s TAI Logic Module family of prototyping platforms. The library includes USB, PCIe, SATA, HDMI, DVI, Display Port, Ethernet, various memory interfaces, interconnect modules and more. S2C also provides services to customize interface and accessory modules to meet the needs of the user's application.

About S2C

Founded in 2003 and headquartered in San Jose, California, S2C provides rapid SoC prototyping solutions including:

• Rapid FPGA-based prototyping hardware and automation software

• Prototype Ready™ IP, interfaces and platforms

• System-level design verification and acceleration tools

S2C’s flexible, expandable and reusable hardware architecture combined with transaction-based links to system simulations make S2C’s solution an ideal common platform for major design phases from algorithm exploration, IP design, system integration to compatibility testing. S2C currently has offices or representatives in the US, Europe, Japan, Korea, China, Taiwan, and India. For more information, visit www.s2cinc.com.