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FS2 releases software package for Tektronix's logic analyzers

Posted: 18 Nov 2005     Print Version  Bookmark and Share

Tektronix Inc., Altera Corp. and First Silicon Solutions (FS2) announced FPGAView, a software package from FS2 for Tektronix TLA logic analyzers that enables real-time debugging of Altera FPGAs. According to the press release, the FPGAView enables design engineers to quickly and easily measure signals inside their Altera FPGA design and select which group of internal signals to probe without having to recompile their design.

Installed onto a Tektronix logic analyzer, the FPGAView software package is enabled by the logic analyzer interface feature introduced in Alteras Quartus II design software v5.1. The logic analyzer interface feature allows for a large set of internal signals to be mapped to a small number of output pins via a user-configurable multiplexer. With the Tektronix logic analyzer connected to the FPGA thru a JTAG port, FPGAView controls which internal FPGA signals are mapped to the output pins for real-time display and debug. Designers will find the combination of FPGAView, Alteras logic analyzer interface feature and the Tektronix logic analyzer easier to use and less intrusive than other debug methodologies, said the three companies.

David Bennett, VP of logic analyzer product line at Tektronix, said that the new debug solution not only gives design teams the ability to view the internal operation of their Altera FPGA design but also allows them to correlate these signals with other signals on their board. With the ever increasing density and sophistication of FPGAs, designers are looking for easier, more productive means of debugging internal nodes of the device, Bennett said.

Danny Biran, Alteras VP of product and corporate marketing, added, As FPGA designs grow more sophisticated and pressures to reduce design cycle times increase, the ability to rapidly debug FPGAs becomes even more crucial, driving the demand for solutions such as FPGAView.

FPGAView is available for all Tektronix TLA logic analyzers. This software package works with the ByteBlaster and USB-Blaster programming cables from Altera which eliminate the need to manually enter signal names into the logic analyzer.

FS2s FPGAView will begin shipping in December 2005. Pricing for a one-year use license with support is $1,695, while pricing for a perpetual-use license and three years of support is $4,950.

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