Siemens Unveils Breakthrough in Emulation, Prototyping

Siemens Digital Industries Software has launched the Veloce™ CS hardware-assisted verification and validation system. In a first for the EDA industry, Veloce CS incorporates hardware emulation, enterprise prototyping, and software prototyping. It draws strengths on two highly advanced ICs. Particularly, the Siemens’ new, purpose-built Crystal accelerator chip for emulation and the AMD Versal™ Premium VP1902 FPGA adaptive SoC (System-on-a-chip) for enterprise and software prototyping.

The solution encompasses three new offerings. Namely, the Veloce™ Strato CS hardware for emulation; Veloce™ Primo CS hardware for enterprise prototyping; and Veloce™ proFPGA CS hardware for software prototyping.

Ecosystem Collaboration

Architected for congruency, speed, and modularity across all three platforms. Moreover, the Veloce CS system supports design sizes from 40 million gates, up to designs integrating more than 40+ billion gates. In addition, Veloce CS executes full system workloads with superior visibility and congruency by selecting the right tool for the task, as each task has unique requirements. This enables much faster time to project completion and assists in decreasing cost per verification cycle.

Siemens Veloce CS system pictured as single blades (from top)

To achieve this milestone, Siemens has worked with key customers and partners to develop innovative hardware and a new, fully unified software architecture:

  • Veloce Strato CS delivers significant emulation performance improvement over Veloce Strato, up to 5x maintaining full visibility and it scales from 40 million gates (MG) to 40+ billion gates (BG).
  • Veloce Primo CS, based on AMD’s latest Versal Premium VP1902 FPGA, is the industry’s most congruent enterprise prototyping system, and it also scales from 40MG to 40+BG.
  • Both the Veloce Strato CS and Veloce Primo CS solutions run on the same operating system, which delivers exceptional congruency while providing the freedom to seamlessly move between platforms. This can dramatically accelerate ramp-up, setup time, debug, and workload execution.
  • Veloce proFPGA CS, which also leverages the AMD Versal Premium VP1902 FPGA-based adaptive SoC, which delivers a fast and comprehensive software prototyping solution, scaling from one FPGA to hundreds. This exceptional performance, together with its highly flexible and modular design, can help customers dramatically accelerate firmware, operating system, application development and system integration tasks.

Veloce Strato CS for emulation, Veloce Primo CS for enterprise prototyping, and Veloce proFPGA CS for software prototyping

Suits Evolution of SoC, System Level Design

Meanwhile, the entire Veloce CS system is available in a modular blade configuration fully compliant with modern datacenter requirements for easy installation, low power, superior cooling, and compact footprints. Furthermore, the Veloce proFPGA CS solution provides a desktop lab version for additional user flexibility.

Veloce CS can run with the latest AMD EPYC™ CPU-powered HP DL385g11 servers.

“The evolution of SoC and system level design has brought about many changes in the last ten years that have made the use of hardware-assisted verification more necessary than ever,” said Alex Starr, Corporate Fellow, AMD.

Moreover, Starr said, “We have been working closely with Siemens to incorporate AMD’s leading Versal Premium VP1902 device into the heart of the Veloce Primo CS and Veloce proFPGA CS systems for increased performance and scalability, as well as qualifying the AMD EPYC CPU-powered HP DL385 gen11 servers for use with the entire Veloce CS system. The Veloce CS system, including the Veloce Strato CS emulation platform, shows how Siemens responds to customer needs and showcases the innovation happening in the Veloce group.”

Customers have access to the industry’s most comprehensive portfolio of apps and solutions, common across all three new Veloce CS system offerings. 

On the other hand, Tran Nguyen, senior director of design services, Arm said, “Time to market is critical to the entire Arm partner ecosystem, emphasizing a need for tools that offer modularity, granularity and speed for IP and SoC verification.” “Siemens’ Veloce platforms have become an integral part of the Arm development process and we continue to see benefits of the new Veloce Strato CS system for hardware design acceleration and software development.”