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Debugging tool enables faster RTL code closure

Posted: 13 Jul 2006 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:Concept Engineering? RTLvision PRO? debugging tool?

Concept Engineering has announced the release of RTLvision PRO, a customizable tool to help designers of IP-based SoCs reduce the complexity of the debug process and make it easier to understand and change RTL code.

IC, SoC and FPGA design and verification engineers who develop, integrate and debug RTL code and IP components are facing increasing productivity pressure as designs become more complex and challenging. Designers often alleviate this pressure by using IP-based SoC design methods. The company said RTLvision PRO allows these designers to quickly understand, integrate and debug third-party or "inherited" IP.

"For RTL designers, code is what really counts," said Gerhard Angst, president and CEO of Concept Engineering. "We have capitalized on our long experience in gate-level and transistor-level debugging to provide these designers with a very fast and innovative link between code and interactive graphic fragments."

RTLvision PRO promises engineers faster RTL code closure by enabling quick visualization of critical design fragments and easy understanding of design behavior and design miss behavior. With mixed-language support for System Verilog, Verilog and VHDL and ultra-fast HDL readers, RTLvision PRO can be used on today's complex heterogeneous designs. The company said this easy-to-use, high-performance tool helps reduce the complexity of the debug process via its interactive logic cone navigation feature, which shows just the critical portion of the RTL design in the logic cone window while concurrently providing links to the original source code. As a result, engineers can easily work on the important critical fragments of their RTL project without being disturbed by code and graphics not relevant for the job at hand.

Free evaluation packages for RTLvision PRO are available from the company's website. US list pricing for a one-year time-based license starts at $5,000.

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