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FPGA tool suite touts domain-specific design flow

Posted: 28 Apr 2009     Print Version  Bookmark and Share

Keywords:ISE Design Suite  digital signal processing  system-on-chip 

Xilinx has released ISE Design Suite 11.1, which is touted as the industry's first FPGA design solution with interoperable domain-specific design flows and tool configurations for logic, digital signal processing (DSP), embedded processing, and system-level design. This design tool comes with simpler, smarter design methodologies for creating FPGA-based system-on-chip solutions targeting a wide variety of markets and applications, says Xilinx.

Figure 1: Targeted design platform. (Click image for larger version)

This latest release of the ISE Design Suite from Xilinx has four domain-specific design configurations: the Logic Edition, DSP Edition, Embedded Edition, and System Edition. Each Edition provides a complete FPGA design flow tailored for the user profile (engineer persona) and domain-specific methodology and design environment requirements, enabling designers to focus their efforts on creating value-added, competitively differentiated product applications.

Xilinx says that ISE Design Suite 11.1 also incorporates features and ease-of-use enhancements to the base-level FPGA and domain-specific tools, technologies, and intellectual property (IP) components delivered with targeted design platforms. Introduced by Xilinx with its new Virtex-6 and Spartan-6 FPGA families, targeted design platforms provide embedded, DSP, and hardware designers alike with access to an array of silicon devices supported by open standards, common design flows, IP, development tools, and run-time platforms.

Compared to the previous release of this tool, the ISE Design Suite 11.1 release shrinks development cycles up to 50 per cent, reduces dynamic power consumption by 10 per cent on average, and boosts tool performance by 2X for current generation Virtex-5 and Spartan-3 FPGA-based designs. It also enables early access customers to start designing with targeted design platforms based on the latest Virtex-6 and Spartan-6 devices.

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