FPGA Design Services & Development

Nuvation’s FPGA design services benefit from the experience of over 20 senior FPGA designers. Our diversely skilled team brings broad FPGA development expertise to projects in areas including video, high-speed memory interfaces, PCIe, advanced algorithm development, and embedded software. As a turnkey product design firm we design custom FPGA boards and also integrate our FPGA designs with existing client hardware.


The Nuvation Advantage: Proven Design Methodology
We have continuously refined our design methodology over our 17 years in business to solidify design requirements, shorten development cycles, and identify potential design issues early.

Our methodology has allowed us to exceed customer expectations and keep our FPGA projects on schedule and on budget. Before beginning any FPGA project we thoroughly document the system requirements and develop the logic design and acceptance test procedures, giving our clients insight into the development process and opportunity to review and modify their requirements as necessary.

ZYNQ_7000Partnered for Success

As members of the Altera Design Services Network and the Xilinx Alliance Program, our engineering teams have access to comprehensive technical support directly from these top FPGA companies. Our partnerships allow us exclusive access to new devices, enabling us to deliver the highest quality FPGA solutions for advanced technology.

FPGA Services

  • Feasibility studies for cutting-edge applications
  • System integration, architecture development, design optimization, and RTL coding in Verilog and VHDL
  • Embedded software development for SoCs with soft and hard IP cores, DSP processing and algorithm development in FPGAs
  • System testing and verification, including test bench development, RTL verification, post-synthesis simulation, and signal integrity analysis.
  • IP Integration; connecting, modifying, and debugging third-party IP, such as video encoders/decoders and standard communication interfaces

FPGA Design Expertise          

  • High-speed communication protocols and interfaces (e.g. PCIe Gen 1/2/3, GbE, Fibre Channel, HDMI, SATA, XAUI, RapidIO, InfiniBand, SerialLite)
  • DSP algorithm development and digital signal processing in FPGAs
  • Designs using audio and video compression standards and codecs, such as H.264, MPEG-2, MPEG-4, MJPEG, MP3, G.711
  • High definition (including 4K) image and video processing pipelines
  • High-speed memory interface designs, including DDR2, DDR3, QDR II, RLDRAM

 FPGA Design Tools

FPGA programming and development with Synplify Pro, ModelSim, Active-HDL, MATLAB/Simulink, System Generator, ChipScopePro, DSP Builder, SOPC Builder

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Project Examples

Ethernet over SONET

Ethernet over SONET
  • 8xGbE to OC-192 SONET IP Core design and integration
  • SPI-4.2 interfaces
  • GbE Muxing, flow control
  • AIRbus, MCU Interface
  • Up to 9.6K Jumbo Packets
  • 100% Bandwidth with 0 dropped packets
  • Implemented with no off-chip memory
  • Project managed multinational design team involving 4 companies with 7 design centers across 3 continents


  • 16-lane PCI-Express Physical Layer IP Core
  • Validated in custom Hardware
  • Tester was 34-layer PCB with 32 diff pairs at 2.5GHz
  • High-speed QDR (320 bit x 500 Mb/s)
  • Achieved 80 Gbps data throughput in Stratix GX40 FPGA
  • Designed and verified in 8 months
  • First-time-right!

NPU, CAM, CPU Interfacing

  • 500K gate design developed for a
  • client with a mission-critical deadline
  • Design start to bitstream release in 6 weeks!
  • Many subsequent projects with various NPU/CAM/MCU configurations

Digital Signal Processing

  • Real-time video processing, 14 bit at 500 MSPS
  • Max utilization of DSP blocks in Stratix EP1S80
  • Post-processing in TI C6713
  • Other DSP co-processing designs with Virtex-II Pro, Virtex-4, TS201, and DM642