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GateRocket Develops RocketDrive for Altera Stratix IV FPGAs

GateRocket® Inc. today announced the development of its RocketDrive® for Altera's Stratix® IV FPGAs. The 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 show and demonstrate its products at DVCon next week (Feb. 24-25, San Jose, CA), Booth 505. Interested parties may also register for product demos at: www.gaterocket.com/dvCon_2009.

"Our Stratix IV 40-nm FPGAs deliver the industry’s highest density, highest performance, and lowest power,” said David Greenfield, senior director of marketing, high-end FPGAs, at Altera. “Customers integrating GateRocket's FPGA verification solutions into their design toolkit will be able to significantly reduce the verification and debug time of their Stratix IV FPGA designs.”

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.

“We’ve been pleased with the reception of the market to the Stratix IV RocketDrive,” Said Dave Orecchio, President and CEO of GateRocket. “We currently have several pre-orders from key customers in the wired and wireless communications markets in the U.S.,” he added.

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.

Pricing and Availability: RocketDrives for the Altera Stratix IV family will be available Q2, 2009. 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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