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GateRocket Ships RocketDrive for Altera Stratix IV FPGAs – Shows Complete “Must See” Line at DAC 2009, Booth 3550

GateRocket® Inc. is shipping its RocketDrive® for Altera's Stratix® IV FPGAs, and will show its line of verification and debug solutions for advanced Altera and Xilinx devices at DAC 2009 next week, Booth 3550. A highlight of this year’s show is the company appearance on leading analyst Gary Smith’s annual “What To See @ DAC” list, recognizing a handful of “must see” companies on the exhibit floor (http://www.garysmitheda.com/SeeDAC09.pdf).

RocketDrive cuts verification and in-system debug time for advanced single or multi-FPGA based projects while adding significant value through seamless integration with a design team’s existing verification environment, with no changes to the flow or verification methodology.

The GateRocket team will demonstrate its products each day at DAC in San Francisco, July 27-30. To register for a product demo please complete the form at: http://www.gaterocket.com/dac_2009/.

New Version 4.0 Software Available: A new version of the GateRocket RocketVision software is available that simplifies use of GateRocket’s hardware assisted FPGA verification platform and advanced debugging tools. Version 4.0 which is available immediately offers several new and exciting features:

  • Automatic Configuration – simplifies use and eliminates the potential of user error when configuring the environment
  • Dynamic Block Selection – eliminates the need to re-build the FPGA during debugging sessions since the user can dynamically select which design blocks run in the FPGA and which ones run in the simulator
  • On-The-Fly Signal Scope Selection – enables re-configuration of signal scopes inside of the FPGA on-the-fly without the need to re-build the FPGA
  • Other features - Full mixed Verilog/VHDL design support, Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5 support, verification with up to eight simultaneous RocketDrives, support for Stratix IV RocketDrives

“This new release of our software brings FPGA debugging productivity to a level never before achieved,” said GateRocket CTO Chris Schalick. “For the first time in the FPGA industry, we have delivered powerful interactive debugging capabilities that virtually eliminate the need to rebuild the FPGA during the designers’ day.”

Products: GateRocket offers two products: RocketDrive, a disk-drive sized peripheral that acts as an FPGA-based “turbo-charger” to an HDL simulator, and RocketVision, a companion software debugging option that can cut weeks or months off of lab debug time.

RocketDrive® is available in several configurations, each containing the largest FPGA in its respective device family. RocketDrive also includes all the software required to set up and control the device and integrate it into an existing FPGA design verification environment.

RocketVision® is an advanced debugging package that delivers additional value from the RocketDrive system by providing simulators with visibility into the FPGA hardware and automated diagnosis by comparing intended behavior with actual results in the FPGA. With RocketVision, users can quickly identify the root cause of errors typically found only in the lab, and save weeks of in-system hardware debugging.

The RocketDrive takes minutes to install in any Linux PC and integrates seamlessly with the user’s existing design and verification environment. The RocketDrive complements software design tools from the leading design automation tool vendors including Cadence Design Systems (CDNS), Mentor Graphics Corp. (MENT), Synopsys, Inc. (SNPS), Synplicity, Inc., and the FPGA vendor tools.

A recent Chip Design feature article on FPGA verification and debug containing an analysis of GateRocket credited it with “dramatically speeding the debugging of the FPGA design and significantly reducing time-to-market.” The complete article is available online at: http://www.gaterocket.com/chipdesign_article.

Availability: RocketDrives for the Altera Stratix IV family are shipping now. For more information and to receive a complimentary customer case study, contact GateRocket online at: www.gaterocket.com/contact.

About GateRocket: GateRocket, Inc., located in Bedford, Mass., offers electronic engineers the first Device Native® verification and debug solution for advanced FPGA semiconductor devices. The company’s RocketDrive enables users to verify and debug advanced FPGA designs faster and with higher quality for greatly improved time-to-market, and realize more reliable and predictable results. Learn more about GateRocket online at www.gaterocket.com and sign up for a free webinar.

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