The Biggascale Emulation Engine
A new project has begun at the Berkeley Wireless Research
Center to build a hardware emulator for next generation
communication ICs. The so-called "Biggascale Emulation Engine"
will be a large array of Field Programmable Gate Arrays (FPGAs)
and possibly Digital Signal Processors (DSPs). Considerations
that led to the emulator approach will be reviewed, as well
as some results of an earlier effort at Lucent Technologies
to build an FPGA array for communication signal processing.
Ways to integrate the emulator into the BWRC design flow will