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Xilinx beefs up ISE design tool suite

Posted: 19 Dec 2005 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:Xilinx? Integrated Software Environment? ISE? design tool suite? ISE Fmax technology?

Xilinx Inc. announced the 8.1i release of its Integrated Software Environment (ISE) design tool suite, which features the new ISE Fmax technology with enhanced physical synthesis capabilities to improve performance and timing closure for both the Virtex-4 and Spartan-3 architectures.

With the ISE 8.1i software, said Xilinx, designers can boost performance by an average of 10 to 37 percent as compared to previous ISE releases and up to 70 percent over competing solutions using Virtex-4 FPGAs. The ISE 8.1i also delivers enhancements to the industry's only partial reconfiguration technology, enabling lower cost, size and power consumption.

Offering an average of a speed grade in cost savings from the previous ISE version, the new features are aimed at further strengthening Xilinx solutions for high-performance system design, including designs that feature embedded processing, digital signal processing and advanced connectivity protocols. Through the use of advanced physical synthesis capabilities in the ISE tools, designers can maximize performance throughput, accelerate time to market and reduce overall development costs.

"We are constantly working with designers to solve their key challenges such as timing closure, cost and systems-design complexity. ISE 8.1i addresses these with advanced design compilation optimizations, delivering substantial automated Fmax improvements and offering intuitive new interface features," said Bruce Talley, VP of the design software division at Xilinx.

The new ISE Fmax technology employs efficient algorithms to improve the results of physical synthesis and logic optimization. This technology includes a full set of features for design retiming, timing-driven packing and placement, performance evaluation and post-placement logic optimization. The ISE Xplorer utility, included with the latest release, is an easy-to-use script that helps designers evaluate and optimize the Virtex-4 and Spartan-3 FPGA performance, delivering an average of 10 percent improvement over previous releases for timing driven designs.

All versions of ISE software packages support Windows 2000 and Windows XP and Linux Red Hat Enterprise 3.0. ISE Foundation also supports Solaris 2.8 and 2.9.

ISE 8.1i configurations are available with prices ranging from a free internet download version to the fully featured version priced at $2,495. ChipScope Pro tools are available for $695, or users can obtain a 60-day full featured evaluation version of the tool at no charge.

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