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Mentor adds synthesis support to Xilinx FPGAs

Posted: 04 Apr 2008 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:FPGA synthesis? Virtex-5 platform?

Mentor Graphics Corp. reports that its suite of advanced synthesis products now supports Virtex-5 FXT FPGAs from Xilinx Inc. Support for the new Virtex-5 FXT platform is available now in the Mentor Graphics Precision RTL and Precision RTL Plus products, providing synthesis for quickly implementing large, cost-efficient system-level designs, says the company.

"Virtex-5 FXT FPGAs provide integrated solutions for designs that previously required an ASIC or ASSP, reducing design respins and overall development costs," said Simon Bloch, general manager, Mentor Graphics design creation and synthesis division. "Our mutual customers will benefit from our physical synthesis solution that has the ability to analyze and manage large complex designs that can be implemented into the new Virtex-5 FXT platform."

The Precision Synthesis product forms the centerpiece of Mentor Graphics FPGA flow. With advanced support for ASIC prototyping (support for DesignWare libraries, SDC constraints, gated-clock handling) plus advanced implementation and optimization techniques such as automatic mapping and inferencing of dedicated DSP and RAM blocks, the Precision Synthesis product works with high-end FPGAs. In addition, the Precision Synthesis product comes with design analysis capability. This, says Mentor, allows designers to cross-probe between multiple views as well as to perform interactive static timing for rapid "what-if" analyses.

Meanwhile, the Precision RTL Plus product offers capabilities such as vendor-independent physical synthesis, automatic incremental synthesis and patent-pending functionality.

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