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Xilinx unveils new version of embedded design tool suite

Posted: 24 Aug 2006 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:Xilinx? Xilinx Platform Studio 8.2I? embedded design tools?

Market-leading PL supplier Xilinx Inc. recently announced the immediate availability of version 8.2i of the Xilinx Platform Studio tool suite for embedded processing design.

According to Xilinx, the tool suite is part of its embedded development kit (EDK) and introduces early access support for the company's new 65nm Virtex-5 LX domain-optimized FPGAs. The latest release of Platform Studio 8.2i incorporates design enhancements to optimize embedded processing development and debug, Xilinx said.

"Designers of embedded applications continue to seek flexible solutions for their evolving design challenges," said Lawrence Getman, director of marketing for the embedded processing division at Xilinx. "The unique enhancements in Platform Studio 8.2i streamline embedded system design to further take advantage of the flexibility offered by Xilinx embedded processor cores. With this new release, we have also opened up early access for embedded processing support using Virtex-5 LX devicesthe fastest FPGAs available today."

Platform Studio 8.2i introduces ease-of-use improvements as well as new debugging capabilities, Xilinx said. Better integration between tools within the Platform Studio environment as well as linker script and data sheet generation improves productivity, the company said.

A new configuration wizard aides in setting up debug sessions and version 8.2i includes a specific MicroBlaze Trace Core (MTC) from embedded partner Agilent Technologies, Xilinx said. The MTC allows capture of real-time code flow with powerful triggering capabilities and deep memory trace while using Agilent Windows-based logic analyzers, the company said.

Platform Studio 8.2i supports PowerPC and MicroBlaze processor designs for the Xilinx Virtex-5, Virtex-4, Virtex-II Pro, Spartan-3E and Spartan-3 Platform FPGAs, Xilinx said. It is immediately available for the following computing platforms: Windows 2000 SP2, SP3, SP4 and XP SP1, SP2, Solaris 2.8/5.8 and 2.9/5.9, as well as Linux Red Hat Enterprise 3.0.

The Platform Studio embedded tool suite is bundled with a processing IP library, software drivers, documentation, reference designs and the MicroBlaze soft processor IP core in the new 8.2i release of the Xilinx EDK for $495.

- Dylan McGrath
EE Times

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