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Tektronix, FS2 develop debug tool for Xilinx FPGAs

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

Keywords:Tektronix? FS2? FPGAView? Xilinx? FPGA?

Tektronix Inc. and First Silicon Solutions (FS2) have announced the FPGAView software package for Tektronix TLA Series logic analyzers that enables real-time debugging of Xilinx FPGAs. The software allows design engineers to quickly and easily measure signals inside their Xilinx FPGA design and select which group of internal signals to probe without having to recompile their design, according to the companies.

"By leveraging our debug intellectual property, probing technology and PC software expertise, we provide a tool for designers to quickly and easily measure signals without time-consuming synthesis, place and route cycles," said Rick Leatherman, VP and general manager of FS2. "This translates into real savings of both time and money."

The FPGAView software package is installed onto a Tektronix logic analyzer. It includes a utility to automatically generate a block of logic that is configured in the FPGAthe Logic Analyzer (LA) Core. The LA Core handles the signal definitions and external connects mapped to the logic analyzer pins. The software allows for a large set of internal signals to be mapped to a small number of output pins via a user-configurable multiplexer. With the Tektronix logic analyzer connected to the FPGA pins and a standard JTAG port, FPGAView software controls which internal FPGA signals are mapped to the output pins, enabling real-time display and debug. The software also eliminates the need to manually enter and map signal names into the logic analyzer. Designers will find the combination of FS2's FPGAView software, Xilinx logic analyzer interface feature and the Tektronix logic analyzer easier to use and less intrusive than other debug methodologies, said the companies.

"Available for Tektronix logic analyzers, this new debug solution from FS2 for Xilinx not only gives design teams the ability to view the internal operation of their FPGA design but also allows them to correlate these signals with other signals on their board," said David Bennett, VP of LA product line at Tektronix.

FPGAView software is available for all Tektronix TLA Series logic analyzers, including the new TLA5000B series that offers increased record lengths and enhanced usability. It requires Platform Cable USB programming cable of Xilinx and also Xilinx FPGA design tools. This eliminates manually entering signal names into the logic analyzer.

The software will begin shipping in October. Pricing for a one-year use license with support is $1,695. Pricing for a perpetual-use license with three-year of support is $ 4,995.

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