Debugging Problem for Multi-Million Gates FPGAs and the Way to Solve It

초고집적 FPGA디버깅의 문제점 및 해결책

  • Yang, Se-Yang (Dept.of Electronics Electric Information Computer Engineering, Busan National University)
  • 양세양 (부산대학교 전자전기정보 컴퓨터공학부)
  • Published : 2002.04.01

Abstract

As today's field programmable gate arrays have very large logic capacity as well as relatively fast operation speed, they're widely used in many application areas. However, debugging the design implemented in FPGA's is very time-consuming and painful as the internal signal probing usually requires large number of FPGA re-compilations, which take tremendously long time. In this paper, we analyze the problems in FPGA debugging and propose a new powerful debugging solution. With the proposed FPGA debugging solution, we can guarantee not only to provide 100% internal signal visibility without FPGA re-compilation for the design in FPGA's, but also to identify at least one design bug per FPGA compilation. An experimental result has clearly shown the proposed approach to FPGA debugging very powerful and practical.

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