Toshiba configures “Easy Prototyping” for custom SoC development

September 13, 2016 // By Graham Prophet
Toshiba has released its “Easy Prototyping”, a solution that allows reuse of the design assets required to develop large scale custom SoC with FPGA prototyping. Adoption of the solution, the company asserts, shortens the development time from FPGA prototyping to custom SoC development.

Easy Prototyping is available on Toshiba’s ASIC and FFSA platforms; Fit Fast Structured Array is Toshiba’s metal-mask-programmed array technology that enables it to develop integrated circuits with lower development costs and shorter development turn-around times;


In conventional FPGA prototyping, SoC designers cannot reuse FPGA hardware and software design assets for custom SoC development because FPGA libraries and IPs are FPGA specific. Easy Prototyping facilitates the reuse of these assets for custom SoC design by adapting the FPGA prototyping libraries, building on Toshiba’s libraries and IP subsystems. This enables designers to identify the interface and switch between FPGA prototyping and SoC implementation with the Toshiba-provided wrapper logic.



Toshiba supports third party IP with a good track record in FPGA and provides them as subsystems that are verified for connectivity with its own custom SoC solutions. 10 Gigabit Ethernet (MorethanIP), PCI Express 3.0/2.1/1.1 (Northwest Logic), DDR3 SDRAM controller (Northwest Logic) are available immediately for Easy Prototyping, and the line-up is being expanded to cover additional solutions.