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PLD tool suite gives more control to the designer

Posted: 10 Nov 2005 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:lattice semiconductor? isplever? programmable logic design tool suite? pld tool suite? fpga?

Lattice Semiconductor Corp. has released version 5.1 of its ispLEVER programmable logic design (PLD) tool suite, which it claims boosts field programmable gate array (FPGA) logic utilization by as much as 35 percent and design operating frequencies up to 25 percent.

ispLEVER 5.1 features a new IP delivery infrastructure called IPexpress, which allows designers to quickly configure Lattice system-level IP for their designs. Design preferences that dictate how an FPGA design will be implemented in Lattice silicon will no longer be tied to a particular stage in the design process. The FPGA designer can make changes to design preferences at any point, from the initial stage of HDL source code to final place and route.

"Our customers face tremendous time-to-market pressures and ispLEVER 5.1's enhanced flow and performance capabilities will significantly improve their productivity and results," said Chris Fanning, VP of software and IP solutions, in a statement.

The ispLEVER 5.1 software uses techniques that include timing-driven mapping and congestion-driven placement to reduce design logic resource usage and improve silicon performance.

The ispLEVER 5.1 release includes new versions of Synplicity Synplify for Lattice (v8.2c), and the Mentor Graphics PrecisionRTL (2005b) synthesis tools, as well as the Mentor Graphics ModelSim version 6.1a simulation tool.

The ispLEVER 5.1 software also includes new device libraries that expand support for additional EDA tools, including simulation tools from Cadence (NC-Verilog) and Synopsys (VCS), and new DSP design elements for the MATLAB/Simulink design environment from The MathWorks.

Supporting all of Lattice's digital programmable logic families, the ispLEVER 5.1 software for Windows is available for $695. UNIX and LINUX versions are also available.

- Ismini Scouras


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