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Altium Designer adds support for LatticeSC/M FPGA

Posted: 26 Oct 2007 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:FPGAs? hardware? software? programmable hardware development?

Altium Ltd has announced support in Altium Designer for the LatticeSC and LatticeSCM (collectively, the LatticeSC/M) families of high-performance FPGA devices.

Altium Designer brings together hardware, software and programmable hardware development within a unified environment that allows all aspects of an electronic product to be designed and managed within a single system.

The LatticeSC/M families are the latest FPGAs in the growing list of devices (from all major vendors) that can be programmed using Altium Designer. Developers using the Altium Designer environment can now target designs for LatticeSC/M devices with full synthesis support. The extensive range of pre-synthesized, ready-to-use FPGA-based components that come standard with Altium Designer, including high-level processor and peripheral cores, can be used to develop complete systems on the high-performance LatticeSC/M FPGAs. The unified Altium Designer system also supports the development of systems right through to board design and production within the same environment.

Electronics designers can easily target any supported device during development, eliminating the need to change development platforms or purchase additional software and specific device support modules.

Altium Designer's unified design environment also allows designers to retarget the programmable elements of a design to a range of different processor platforms, both FPGA-hosted and discrete, during development without significant software or hardware rework. This means that crucial application architecture decisions can remain open until much later in the development cycle than is currently possible.

Altium's Desktop NanoBoard provides a vendor-neutral development platform that features plug-in FPGA daughter boards to house the target devices, as well as interchangeable peripheral boards. LatticeSC/SCM-based daughter boards for Altium's Desktop NanoBoard reconfigurable hardware platform are currently in development.

Support for the LatticeSC/M family will be available to all Altium Designer 6 license holders in the next update. Altium Designer 6 is available for immediate purchase.

- Clive Maxfield
Programmable Logic DesignLine

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