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Aptix eyes custom prototypes

Posted: 02 Jan 2003 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:aptix prototype studio? pcb package? design pilot? system explorer? fpga connector?

Armed with a new product line and time-based licensing model, Aptix Corp. introduced its Aptix Prototype Studio. Its primary new capability is software support for roll-your-own prototypes in the form of customer-built hardwired PCBs.

Until now, Aptix has focused on software support for its System Explorer reconfigurable prototyping platform and its Software Integration Station--a lower-cost version of the same hardware aimed at software developers. With the Aptix Prototype Studio/PCB package, designers can now purchase FPGA mapping and partitioning software for custom-built prototyping boards.

The Prototype Studio/PCB package has two primary components: an enhanced version of Aptix's Design Pilot, which can partition a SoC design into multiple FPGAs, and an OEM version of the FPGA Connector product from Translogic BV, which converts HDL descriptions into pin constraints for FPGAs.

Also new is the availability of Aptix tools on a time-based, term-pricing basis. The greatest interest in this licensing model, Miller said, comes from users of the Software Integration Station, which is often provided to firmware or applications developers. To keep costs down so that companies can buy multiple copies, it lacks the hardware debug features of the System Explorer.

The FPGA Connector tool interfaces to industry-standard schematic editors and reduces the setup requirements for symbol creation.

It also includes version management. But it does not provide the mapping and partitioning features of Design Pilot, Miller noted. It is the combination of these two pieces of software that really supports the hardwired PCBs.

"We've enhanced Design Pilot to target to a PCB, so you have the option to target any device that's not already supported on the Aptix system," Miller said.

The company is also offering an Aptix Prototype Studio/Pro package, which bundles software that supports System Explorer and Software Integration Station.

Finally, there is an Aptix Prototype Studio/Enterprise package that supports both the Aptix hardware and hardwired PCBs.

The Prototype Studio products are now available.

- Richard Goering

EE Times

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