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Xilinx unveils free ISE WebPACK 8.2i design suite

Posted: 26 Jul 2006 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:Xilinx? Integrated Software Environment? ISO WebPACK?

Xilinx Inc. has announced the immediate availability of the Integrated Software Environment (ISE) WebPACK 8.2ithe latest version of the company's free downloadable programmable logic design suite. This new version includes all the features of the 8.2i release of the Xilinx ISE Foundation software with full support for optional embedded, DSP and real-time debug design flows. Xilinx said the new design tool builds on the ISE Fmax Technology with the integration of the Xplorer utility enabling designers to easily explore multiple design rule settings and constraints to improve design performance by 10 percent. ISE WebPACK 8.2i provides support for all devices in the Spartan-3E family of FPGAs and select Virtex-4 FPGA devices.

The new design tool also includes ISE Simulator Lite on Linux providing Xilinx users with a free HDL simulator. By providing support for Red Hat Enterprise Linux 3 and 4, Xilinx said it has combined the low-cost benefits of the ISE design environment with the fastest-growing EDA design platform. Linux is recognized as a stable, low-cost, high-performance alternative to other higher cost development environments and allows designers to maximize corporate resources. The company said it is now augmenting the industry's lowest-cost and lowest-power FPGA and CPLD solutions with the most extensive front-to-back Linux support of any major PLD vendor.

ISE WebPACK promises the most-complete zero cost design environment to the company's rapidly growing base of over 300,000 FPGA and CPLD designers, which includes support for all members of the Spartan-3E and CoolRunner-II families, as well as select Virtex-4 FPGA devices. ISE WebPACK 8.2i is now available for free immediate download at the company's website or on DVD for a nominal shipping/handling fee from the company's online store.

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