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Synplicity upgrades RTL prototyping tool

Posted: 06 Nov 2003 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:synplicity? certify asic rtl prototyping software? fpga? eve? amo?

Synplicity Inc. has released a new version of its Certify ASIC RTL prototyping software with enhanced automatic pin multiplier technology, new compilers and mappers, and support for hardware-based FPGA prototyping systems from AMO and EVE.

According to Brian Caslis, director of marketing at Synplicity, one of the biggest limiting factors in how designs are partitioned is I/O.

When users are partitioning a large ASIC into a prototyping system that is made up of multiple FPGAs, there will sometimes be a requirement for a greater number of I/Os. In previous versions of the tool, the company added technology called the Certify Pin Multiplier (CPM) that allowed users to assign multiple signals to share a single I/O.

In the previous version, however, the technology was not directly linked to the tool's automatic partitioning engine. Now it is.

"In 6.3 we have made it so the automatic partitioning technology is now CPM aware," said Caslis. "It understands the complexity of I/O multiplexing and takes that into account when partitioning."

Caslis said v6.3 can, at the user's direction, automatically multiplex I/O or can be prompted to search for an array of multiplexing options and examine how they affect partitioning and performance. The user then chooses the best option suited to the project, and the tool implements it.

Version 6.3 also now includes support for FPGA prototyping systems from vendors EVE and AMO. These join The Dini Group, Hardi Electronics, Gidel, Nallatech, and ProDesign Electronics Corp. as members of Synplicity's Partners in Prototyping Program.

Caslis said with v6.3, Synplicity has also included the same compilers and mappers as the latest version of Synplicity's flagship FPGA synthesis product, Synplify Pro. This allows it to implement designs with the latest programmable logic devices.

On that note, Certify also now supports the Xilinx Spartan III and Altera Stratix GX device families, and allows designers to mix both Altera Apex and Stratix devices on a single board. The ability to mix Xilinx parts was available in a previous release of Certify.

The Certify 6.3 software is available now. Pricing for the Certify software starts at $45,000 (U.S.) for a one-year time-based license. Current Certify customers on maintenance will be upgraded at no additional cost.

- Michael Santarini

EE Times





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