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Design suite tips multi-threaded place and route

Posted: 31 Oct 2012     Print Version  Bookmark and Share

Keywords:design  suite  environment  tools  software 

Xilinx Inc. releases Vivado Design Suite 2012.3 design environment that offers designers running the tools on multi-core processor workstations productivity enhancements and new reference designs.

The Vivado Design Suite is said to cut implementation time from C and RTL by up to four times for complex designs, and to increase performance with up to one speed grade advantage over the ISE Design Suite and up to three speed grades over competing devices. Multithreaded place and route technology increases productivity by enabling 1.3x faster runtimes on a dual-core processor and 1.6x faster runtimes on a quad-core.

The Vivado Design Suite 2012.3 extends the company's portfolio of Targeted Reference Designs (TRD) supporting Kintex-7 and Virtex-7 All Programmable FPGAs to accelerate designer productivity even further. TRDs deliver a pre-verified, performance-optimised infrastructure design that a designer can modify and scale to suit their custom needs. The Kintex-7 FPGA Base TRD showcases the capabilities of Kintex-7 FPGAs through a fully-integrated PCIe design that delivers 10Gbit/s performance end-to-end using performance-optimised DMA engine and DDR3 memory controller. The Kintex-7 FPGA Connectivity TRD delivers up to 20Gbit/s of performance per direction featuring a dual Network Interface Card with a Gen2 x8 PCIe end-point, a multi-channel packet DMA, DDR3 memory for buffering, 10G Ethernet MAC, and 10GBASE-R standard compatible physical layer interface. The Kintex-7 FPGA Embedded TRD offers a comprehensive processor sub-system complete with GbE, DDR3 memory controller, display controller, and other standard processor peripherals. And the Kintex-7 FPGA DSP TRD includes a high-speed analogue interface with digital up/down conversion overclocked to run at 491.52MHz.

The Vivado Design Suite, Design Edition is available at no additional cost to in warranty ISE Design Suite Logic Edition and Embedded Edition customers, and Vivado Design Suite System Edition with Vivado High-Level Synthesis is available at no additional cost to ISE Design Suite DSP and System Edition customers.





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