Cadence ushers in New Era of Datacenter-class emulation with Palladium Z1 Enterprise Emulation Platform

HIGHLIGHTS: 

  • New Palladium Z1 enterprise emulation platform delivers up to 5x greater emulation throughput, with an average 2.5x greater workload efficiency than its closest competitor
  • Datacenter-class emulation scalability from IP blocks to full Systems-on-Chip with capacity of up to 9.2 billion gates
  • Delivers best in class total cost of ownership with 92 percent smaller footprint, 8X higher gate density and up to 44 percent better power density than the Palladium XP II platform
  • With the ability to execute up to 2304 parallel jobs with 4 million gate granularity, and unparalleled reliability, Palladium Z1 platform is already being utilized across global design teams to verify increasingly complex designs

Cadence unveiled the Cadence® Palladium® Z1 enterprise emulation platform, the industry’s first datacenter-class emulation system, delivering up to 5X greater emulation throughput than the previous generation, with an average 2.5X greater workload efficiency than the closest competitor. With enterprise-level reliability and scalability, the Palladium Z1 platform executes up to 2304 parallel jobs and scales up to 9.2 billion gates, addressing the growing market requirement for emulation technology that can be efficiently utilized across global design teams to verify increasingly complex systems-on-chip (SoCs).

A true datacenter resource enabling maximum utilization, Palladium Z1 enterprise emulation platform features a rack-based blade architecture to provide enterprise-class reliability, a 92 percent smaller footprint and 8X better gate density than the Palladium XP II platform. Optimizing the utilization of the emulation resource, Palladium Z1 platform offers a unique virtual target relocation capability, and payload allocation into available resources at run time, avoiding re-compiles. With its unique massively parallel processor-based architecture, Palladium Z1 platform offers 4X better user granularity than its nearest competitor.

Additional key features and benefits of the Palladium Z1 platform include:

  • Less than one-third the power consumption per emulation cycle of the Palladium XP II platform. This is enabled by an up to 44 percent reduction in power density, an average of 2.5X better system utilization and number of parallel users, 5X better job queue turnaround time, up to 140 million gate per hour compile times on a single workstation, and superior debug depth and upload speeds
  • Full virtualization of the external interfaces using a unique virtual target relocation capability. This enables remote access of fully accurate real world devices as well as virtualized peripherals like Virtual JTAG. Pre-integrated Emulation Development Kits are available for USB and PCI-Express® interfaces, providing modeling accuracy, high performance and remote access. Combined with virtualization of the databases using Virtual Verification Machine capabilities, it allows for efficient offline access of emulation runs by multiple users
  • The industry’s highest versatility with over a dozen use models, including In-Circuit Emulation running software loads, Simulation Acceleration that allows hot swapping between simulation and emulation, Dynamic Power Analysis using Cadence Joules™ RTL power estimation, IEEE 1801 and Si2 CPF based Power Verification, Gate-level acceleration and emulation, and OS bring-up for ARM-based SoCs running at 50X the performance of pure standard emulation
  • Seamless integration within the Cadence System Development Suite. This includes Incisive® verification platform for simulation acceleration, Incisive vManager™ for verification planning and unified metrics tracking, Indago™ Debug Analyzer and Embedded Software Apps for advanced hardware/software debug, Accelerated and Assertion-Based Verification IP, Protium™ FPGA-based prototyping platform with common compiler, and Perspec™ System Verifier for multi-engine system use-case testing

For more information on the Palladium Z1 enterprise emulation platform, please visit http://www.cadence.com/news/PalladiumZ1

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