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Xilinx ISE offers faster system performance

Posted: 02 Mar 2004 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:xilinx? v6.2i? integrated software environment? ise? virtex-ii pro?

Offering new features and enhancements, the v6.2i of Integrated Software Environment (ISE) from Xilinx Inc. enable Virtex-II Pro FPGAs to average 40 percent faster performance than the closest competitive offering at over 60 percent lower cost.

When targeting Virtex-II Pro FPGAs, the ISE 6.2i delivers a three device speed-grade advantage along with 15 percent better design utilization while maintaining a 2x overall runtime advantage. Together with product, Spartan-3's platform features also include faster block RAM access speeds and embedded multipliers running at >225MHz. It also provides clock-to-output times that are 35 to 40 percent faster than the prior release.

The high-speed design tools also adds a host of new features and enhancements targeted for high speed designs which are seamlessly built into the easy-to-use, "push-button" methodology of ISE. The included ProActive Timing Closure includes support for improved physical synthesis technology that automatically generates physically-correct, timing-driven implementations in a single pass. A new automatic hold time eliminator and improved delay estimator in the router work with the updated timing-driven mapper to automatically improve performance on highly packed designs.

The ISE also automatically handles the external interfaces to Xilinx FPGAs. For example, automatic local clock placer support and enhanced constraints enable easy source synchronous memory interface design - for up to 96 low-skew 200MHz clocks with Virtex-II Pro and up to 50 166MHz memory interfaces with Spartan-3 devices. The ISE floorplanner, pin planner, and timing-driven place and route also automatically optimize paths to and from the 10Gbps serial I/O of Virtex-II Pro X devices.

The product supports all leading-edge Xilinx product families including the company's Virtex-II Pro and Virtex-II Pro X series FPGAs, Spartan-3 series FPGAs, and CoolRunner-II CPLDs. All versions of ISE software packages support Windows 2000 and Windows XP and ISE Foundation, ISE Alliance, and ISE BaseX also supports native Linux RedHat v8.0. ISE Foundation and ISE Alliance also support Solaris.

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