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What we offer
Whether you're looking for complete turnkey product development or just need help with a specific task in the development flow Octera is ready to help:

FPGA Design Experience

Octera has completed FPGA and CPLD designs using all the major vendors, although we are specifically aligned today with Altera. We bring some of the rigor of ASIC design procedures to the FPGA world to achieve success with the ever larger and more complex devices available in today's market.

We are especially experienced in the areas of embedded processors and SERDES in today's FPGA technology. We have also developed a lot of FPGA expertise in the area of high-speed networking; recent designs have implemented 10Gig Ethernet, SPI4.2, Broadcom's HiGig standard among others.

Octera's FPGA Design services include the following:

  • Conceptual Definitions
  • System Modeling
  • Hardware Description Languages
    • Verilog
    • VHDL
  • RTL, Gate and Switch/Transistor Simulation
  • Synthesis
  • Verification

Modern FPGAs can be very challenging to design - Octera's experience and design expertise will ensure the success of your project.

ASIC / Structured ASIC Design

Members of Octera's engineering team have been designing ASICs since before the term was first coined and represent one of the most experienced teams in North America.

Octera's expertise includes Gate Array, Standard Cell and Custom designs in CMOS, BiCMOS, ECL and GaAs from foundries such as AMI, IBM, LSI Logic, Motorola, Toshiba, TSMC and Vitesse.

Octera's ASIC Design services include the following

  • Conceptual Definitions
  • System Modeling
  • Hardware Description Languages
    • Verilog
    • VHDL
    • Proprietary HDLs
  • RTL, Gate and Switch/Transistor Simulation
  • Synthesis
  • Floor Planning
  • Static/Dynamic Timing Analysis
  • Test Generation
  • Test Insertion
  • Verification

Octera will ensure that your ASIC or structured ASIC is completed quickly and cost-effectively to satisfy your time-to-market requirements.


Octera's leading edge System-on-a-Chip design expertise makes us the perfect match for companies desiring to enter this challenging level of ASIC design. Octera can lower your risk and help your company avoid the expensive learning curve.

We can assist you with your current System-on-a-Chip development, or accept responsibility for an entire project.

  • Methodology Consulting
  • System-on-a-Chip Design
  • On-site Consulting
  • Project Management
  • Total System-on-a-Chip Solutions

Octera can assist you in determining the most cost-effective and schedule-effective methods to achieve your goals.

Board Design

Octera's Board Design focuses mainly on complex PCB design, especially where we are also designing the FPGA or ASIC chip.

Octera has experience in highly complex PCB design, including such challenges as routing multiple Gigabit SERDES and other high speed clocks and can handle the signal integrity and noise issues in such a design.

Octera offers the following board design services:

  • Conceptual Definition
  • System Modeling
  • HDL/Schematic Capture
  • Circuit Analysis (spice)
  • Schematic to HDL Conversions
  • PCB Layout
  • Components
    • DRAM & SRAM
    • Microprocessors, DSP, etc.
    • Discrete Devices
    • Connectors

Octera will give you the edge you are seeking to complete your board design quickly and cost effectively while satisfying your time-to-market requirements.

System Definition

Octera can help you with your system definition requirements. Our engineers have defined, implemented and managed the development of systems ranging from microprocessor based designs to entire mainframe computer systems, from network routing architecture to multi-level computer cache designs and from board level designs to System-on-a-Chip ASICs.

Octera provides the following services to help you define your system:

  • Conceptual Design
  • Architectural Definitions and Specifications
  • Design Tradeoff Analysis
  • Software/Hardware System Modeling
  • Methodology Analysis
  • Risk Management
  • Project Management

Product Design

Octera's product design expertise includes the following

  • Microprocessors/Microcontrollers/Embedded Processors
    • ARM
    • Intel
    • Lexra
    • Motorola
    • Proprietary
  • Computer Multi-level Cache
  • Bus Interfaces including
    • PCI / PCI-X / PCI Express
    • I/O Controllers
  • Digital Signal Processors
  • Communications
  • Network Routing Architecture
    • 10/100 Ethernet
    • FDDI
    • Gigabit / 10 Gig / HiGig Ethernet
    • POS/PHY level 2 & 3 & 4
    • Sonet
    • Utopia level 2 & 3
  • IEEE 1149.1 JTAG
  • DMA
  • Plug and Play

Digital Logic Design

Octera has a wealth of experience in logic design and synthesis ranging from FPGAs to hierarchical ASIC and SOC environments incorporating multiple clock domains.

We understand the issues presented by deep submicron process geometries and can leverage our knowledge to minimize your learning curve and risk. We are capable of analyzing and recommending improvements to your current processes through taking full responsibility for your Integrated Circuit designs.

  • Logic Design
    • Micro-architecture
    • Efficient Coding
    • Verilog, VHDL, Proprietary HDLs
    • Schematic capture
    • FPGA to ASIC conversions
  • Synopsys Design Compiler
    • Hierarchical ASIC and SOC synthesis
    • Hierarchical synthesis methodologies
    • dc_shell script automation
    • tcl_shell script automation
    • Post-route ECOs
  • Synopsys Design Time/Prime Time
    • Static timing analysis
  • Synopsys Test Compiler/TetraMAX/BSD Compiler/DFT Compiler
    • ATPG vector generation
    • IEEE 1149.1 boundary scan insertion, verification, and vector generation
    • Scan insertion
  • Synopsys Library Compiler
    • Synopsys libraries created for your custom cells
    • Custom wire models and operating conditions
    • Synopsys library compilation
  • Synplicity Synplify
  • Viewlogic FPGA Express


Octera understands that verification is critical to the success of a design. Our team goes to great efforts to ensure your design is fully tested. Whether you have an entire system or a single chip to verify, Octera will give you the edge you need to achieve a fully functional product the first time.

Octera's expertise includes the following verification services:

  • Test Plan Development
  • Test Bench Development
  • Functional Verification
  • System Verification
  • Performance Validation
  • Gate and Switch Level Simulation
  • Dynamic Timing Analysis

Design For Testability

  • Scan Insertion
  • Functional Vectors
  • ATPG Generation


  • Static Timing Analysis
  • Spice Analysis
  • Fault Grading


  • Prototype Debug & Verification
  • Test Fixtures

Design Tools

Octera's Design Tool expertise includes the following:

  • Actel Libero / Designer
  • Altera Quartus
  • Avant! HSpice
  • Cadence Verilog-XL, NC-Verilog, NC-VHDL, LeapFrog, Pearl
  • Exemplar Leonardo
  • interHDL Verilint
  • LSI Logic RapidWorx
  • LSI Logic Flexstream
  • Mentor Graphics Design Architect
  • Model Technology ModelSim
  • Motive
  • Motorola OACS
  • OrCAD
  • PADS
  • Synopsys Design Compiler, Library Compiler, Test Compiler, Prime Time, Design Time, VCS, VSS, Vera
  • Synplicity Synplify and Amplify
  • Verisity Specman
  • Xilinx Alliance

In addition, Octera also has EDA and scripting expertise in the following languages:

  • csh
  • C and C++
  • Perl
  • Tcl/Tk


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