Xilinx unveils low-cost RTL synthesis tool optimized for its 28nm FPGA fabric
April 25, 2012 // Julien Happich
Claiming a 4x productivity advantage over competing development environments, Xilinx has announced a new IP and system-centric design environment built from the ground up to accelerate design productivity for what the company describes as the next decade of 'All-Programmable' devices.
The Vivado Design Suite, which took the company over 4 years of development (across more than 500 sofware engineers) to ensure a tight optimization of the synthesized RTL output for the fabric of Xilinx largest 28nm FPGAs, is said not only to speed the design of programmable logic and I/O, but also to accelerate programmable systems integration and implementation into devices incorporating 3D stacked silicon interconnect technology, ARM processing systems, Analog Mixed Signal (AMS), and a significant percentage of semiconductor IP cores.
Senior director of design methodology marketing at Xilinx, Tom Feist who was in Paris to present the new tool (and also to run a Marathon) explained EETimes Europe that although this had required a significant investment, the company was now able to offer a complete synthesis tool suite at a fraction of the cost typically associated with the ASIC design tools necessary for multi-million gate designs. Feist commented that existing tools from third-party EDA vendors were becoming prohibitively expensive for the small and medium businesses willing to take advantage of the high performance and the low non-recurring engineering costs of todays FPGAs.
Of course, the terms of license would not allow users to design outside Xilinx FPGA environment, as it is not Xilinx aim to compete head-to-head with the big EDA vendors. But many ASIC refugees will appreciate, as Feist jokingly stated, evoking engineers who for cost reasons move their original ASIC intent to an FPGA. Available for only a couple of thousand dollars, the Vivado Design Suite has been beta tested with more than 100 customers and Alliance Program members over the past 12 months, including customers using Xilinx stacked silicon interconnect-based Virtex-7 devices. As Feist explained, while a lot of tools blast back the design to the finest grain and then try to stitch things up onto hardware, by designing a modern multidimensional analytic placement engine using state-of-the-art EDA algorithms, Xilinx was able to tune its tools directly for its FPGA architecture.
Micrel's 10 criteria for choosing a MEMS foundry
April 18, 2014
Micrel Inc. (San Jose, Calif.) has prepared an article that lays out the 10 criteria to help guide someone in the choice ...
Superconducting qbits made immune to quasiparticle energy loss
The Filter Wizard: Just add a transistor
Mobile display revenues soar, leaving TV behind
European organic PV project aims for material gains
Nanomaterial-packed cathode extends range of EV lithium-sulfur batteries
April 17, 2014
Researchers at the USA's Department of Energy Pacific Northwest National Laboratory have developed a metal organic framework ...
Wearable computing market on 78% CAGR through 2018
OLED TV shipment delays stall OLED material growth
BMW updates navigation via mobile radio connection
- USB 5V 2.5A Output, 42V Input Synchronous Buck with Cable Drop Compensation
- Measurement applications across multiple test platforms
- Supplying DC input power to string inverters
- Supplying DC input power for HEV testing
InterviewHeartbleed challenges the Internet of Thing
The Heartbleed security bug is a key example of the fundamental security challenge for the Internet of Things says Green Hills Software as it launches a new security group.
Filter WizardCheck out the Filter Wizard Series of articles by Filter Guru Kendall Castor-Perry which provide invaluable practical Analog Design guidelines.
Linear video channel
READER OFFERRead more
This month, Arrow Electronics is giving away ten XMC1200 lighting application kits, worth 100 Euros each, for EETimes Europe's readers to win.
Each kit combines Infineon’s brightness and colour control XMC1200 CPU board to drive flicker free LED dimming and colour changing, together with a colour LED card and a white LED card.
December 15, 2011 | Texas instruments | 222901974
Unique Ser/Des technology supports encrypted video and audio content with full duplex bi-directional control channel over a single wire interface.