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Synplicity joins Xilinx ESL design ecosystem

Posted: 28 Nov 2007     Print Version  Bookmark and Share

Keywords:technological innovations  design flow  algorithmic IP 

Synplicity Inc. has announced that Synplicity, with its Synplify DSP software, has joined the Xilinx ESL Initiative. The addition of the Synplify DSP software to the Xilinx ESL design ecosystem underscores the commitment of Xilinx toward driving technological innovations and solutions that promote high-level, electronic system level (ESL) design. ESL design is one of the fastest growing segments of the EDA market with an expected 50 per cent compounded annual growth rate during the next five years, according to market researcher Gary Smith of Gary Smith EDA.

"We are very happy to join the Xilinx ESL Initiative," said Joe Gianelli, VP of business development, Synplicity. "During the past 18 months, this initiative has gone a long way in providing FPGA users with access to a comprehensive ESL design flow. We're glad to be part of the industry's transition to ESL design and pleased to be part of Xilinx's best-in-class tool ecosystem for advanced FPGA designers."

The Synplify DSP environment facilitates high-level modeling and hardware abstraction, constraint-driven algorithm synthesis into RTL and powerful system-wide optimisations for performance, area, and multi-channelisation tradeoff exploration. It helps designers capture multi-rate DSP algorithms quickly and easily, perform architectural exploration across multiple devices and create algorithmic IP that is highly portable and re-usable. As a result, users can easily map their DSP algorithms into any Xilinx device. The Synplify DSP tool includes integration to Xilinx System Generator for DSP to allow blocks created using Synplify DSP software to be easily integrated with Xilinx IP, connected to Xilinx embedded processors and verified on Xilinx hardware boards using hardware co-simulation.

Synplify DSP software provides users of the MathWorks Simulink environment, an environment for multi-domain simulation and model-based design, with a highly optimised approach for the implementation of DSP algorithms into silicon. With M-Control fully integrated into the Synplify DSP library and the MathWorks Simulink environment, data type and sample rate inheritance and propagation is fully supported. M-Control features inline debugging for supporting breakpoints and stepping into the M code. These features simplify the specification and verification of control functionality that is often integrated into DSP algorithms. Moreover, with a comprehensive IP library of industry-standard functional blocks, such as FFTs, Viterbi decoders, DDS and CORDIC math functions, designers can rapidly create designs in application-specific domains.

"We are pleased to welcome Synplicity as one of our Xilinx ESL Initiative members," said Steve Lass, senior director software marketing at Xilinx. "Based on the growing popularity of the Simulink-based approach for DSP algorithm design and Synplify DSP's unique architectural exploration and advanced optimisation, we are happy to include the first vendor independent SimuLink-based ESL synthesis flow-Synplify DSP."

The Xilinx ESL Initiative is a multi-faceted program aimed at proliferating high-level design methodologies and tool flows for FPGAs. The goal is to make it easier for hardware designers and software programmers to leverage Xilinx programmable devices for their next generation systems. Xilinx and participating companies are focused on improving ease of use, quality of results and interoperability standards through technical collaboration, cooperative marketing and joint educational activities.




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