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Altium kits enable 'live' system development, testing

Posted: 13 Oct 2004 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:altium? livedesign evaluation kit? evaluation board? altera? cyclone?

Altium Ltd, a developer of Windows-based electronics design software, released its new LiveDesign Evaluation Kits that include a versatile, low-cost evaluation board with the choice of either an Altera Cyclone or Xilinx Spartan-3 FPGA device.

These affordable evaluation kits enable engineers and designers to evaluate Altium's latest DXP 2004 product range and fully experience the benefits of LiveDesign, a unique new digital systems design methodology, in its Nexar and Protel design systems, Altium stated.

LiveDesign takes advantage of the availability of low-cost, high-capacity, high-performance FPGAs, and uses them as a reconfigurable implementation platform for digital circuitry during system development. The company said this enables a 'live' and interactive development and testing of electronics systems inside a programmable hardware design space. In conventional electronics system design flows, hardware must be frozen early so that prototypes can be manufactured to provide a platform for software development and testing, explained Altium. LiveDesign, on the other hand, provides an iterative "design-implementation-debug" process that facilitates interactive hardware/software codesign and utilizes an FPGA as the development and implementation platform. The reprogrammability of the development platform removes the need for system-level simulation and minimizes multiple prototype spins, the company added. During development, the circuit can be probed, analyzed and debugged interactively using FPGA-based virtual instruments.

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