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FS2 rolls out logic analyzer for Atmel products

Posted: 17 Dec 2004 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:first silicon solutions? fs2? atmel? logic navigator system? embedded debug?

First Silicon Solutions (FS2) and Atmel Corp. recently announced the availability of FS2's Logic Navigator System for embedded debug, trace, and logic analysis for Atmel's fpslic and FPGA products.

Logic Navigator is an on-chip logic analyzer system solution that provides a high performance and lower cost alternative to traditional logic analyzer tools for FPGA analysis. It consists of FS2 On-Chip Instrumentation (OCI) blocks, off-chip debug probes, and software tools for integration, control and display of event, trigger, and trace information.

According to the press release, Logic Navigator combines a range of state-of-the art embedded logic analyzer capabilities with a very low silicon overhead to allow users to quickly define and setup combinatorial or complex sequential logic events and triggers in hardware and to trace on-chip signals with a look and feel similar to traditional logic analyzers. The Logic Navigator for Atmel will initially focus on External Logic Navigator configurations that support probe based state and counter based sequential event monitoring and off chip trace. It supports industry standard interfaces including Tcl/Tk compatibility, XML file formats, and VCD trace output options to facilitate tool integration.

The Logic Navigator OCI is a collection of parameterized IP blocks integrated into an Atmel FPSLIC family FPGA that provides an interface to a real time event trace probe. Logic Navigator software tools include waveform and state based displays, GUI and CLI control, and utilities that automate and simplify instantiation and integration of the OCI into the FPGA design. It also includes FS2's OCI Generator GUI, which automates the definition, setup and integration of Logic Navigator instrumentation into a customer design. The OCI Generator supports both flat and hierarchical Verilog and VHDL designs and simplifies definition and integration of all Logic Navigator OCI options in a design, said the two companies.

Logic Navigator also integrates into FS2's Multi-Core Embedded Debug (MED) System, which provides a customizable toolkit of system-level debug capabilities to address complex architectures with multiple interacting processors, embedded buses, and custom IP blocks.

Customized versions of Logic Navigator and MED can be configured to address architecture specific requirements, ranging from specialized IP and subsystem analysis capabilities to specialized performance analysis, the press release explained.

The Logic Navigator for Atmel FPGA starts at $1,995 for a single copy with discounts available for larger volumes.




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