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Xilinx announces 'All Programmable Abstractions' initiative

Posted: 16 Sep 2013     Print Version  Bookmark and Share

Keywords:Xilinx  All Programmable Abstractions  FPGA  3D ICs  MathWorks 

Xilinx Inc. announced the All Programmable Abstractions initiative to improve productivity of hardware designers and to empower systems and software developers to directly leverage All Programmable FPGA, SoCs, and 3D ICs.

Xilinx and its ecosystem alliance members including MathWorks and National Instruments now support a combination of software, model, platform, and IP-based design environments. These environments enable high-level graphical and text-based programming languages such as C, C++, SystemC, and will soon support OpenCL (Open Computing Language) with advanced automation technology that translates these languages into optimised implementations, the company said.

"These software and system level abstractions complement hardware focused IP integration and C-based design abstractions that have already proven to accelerate development of complex FPGAs and SoCs up to 15X over traditional RTL flows."

"By expanding the number and type of abstractions designers can choose from, we are not only improving productivity for existing hardware customers, but are empowering the vast number of systems and software engineers to directly leverage All Programmable FPGAs, SoCs, and 3D ICs," said Tom Feist, senior director, design methodology marketing, Xilinx.

To accelerate the creation of complex designs in All Programmable devices, Xilinx has delivered Vivado IP Integrator (IPI). Vivado IPI accelerates the integration of customer IP, Xilinx LogiCORE and SmartCORE IP, third party IP, MathWorks Simulink designs built with Xilinx's System Generator, and C/C++ and System C synthesised IP with Vivado High-Level Synthesis (HLS).

Systems engineers prefer abstractions such as C/C++/SystemC, OpenCL, MathWorks MATLAB and Simulink, and National Instruments LabVIEW to model the hardware and software behaviour for today's smarter systems. Xilinx and its ecosystem of Alliance members enable design teams to take these algorithms directly to implementation without worrying about implementation details.

Xilinx All Programmable Abstractions also accelerate software development of the Zynq-7000 All Programmable SoC and MicroBlaze processor. Xilinx has developed a Quick Emulator (QEMU) open source virtual machine that emulates the system hardware/software interfaces. The earlier software development results in higher productivity, and continuous hardware/software integration validation.

In addition, Xilinx has partnered with Cadence to deliver the Virtual System Platform targeted specifically for the Xilinx Zynq-7000 All Programmable SoC, enabling simultaneous development of hardware and software. Using these virtualisation environments together with the Xilinx Software Development Kit (SDK), design teams can shave months off of system development schedules.

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