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Software tool provides design support for FPGAs

Posted: 11 Dec 2008 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:Environment Integrated Design? IDE Libero 8.5? software support FPGA?

The folks at Actel Corp. have announced the availability of Libero Integrated Design Environment (IDE) ver 8.5. This suite of software design tools extends support for the recently announced nano versions of Actel's IGLOO and ProASIC3 FPGAs.

Libero IDE ver 8.5 also introduces support for instantiation and configuration of embedded mathblocks for use in Actel's new radiation tolerant RTAX-DSP family.

Actel nano FPGAs provide designers an efficient means to develop portable systems based on what the company claims to be the lowest power and smallest footprint FPGAs. Libero IDE 8.5 adds design support for 16 distinct IGLOO nano FPGAs in six different package types and six distinct ProASIC3 nano FPGAs in three different packages. Actel nano FPGAs range from 10k to 250k system gates with select package offerings of the 30k, 60k, 125k and 250k nano devices available for immediate production.

Libero IDE ver 8.5 support for RTAX-DSP FPGAs enables DSP development for the first time on the RTAX family with the implementation of an 18bit x 18bit mathblock. The mathblock is available in the Libero IDE catalog macro cell library and can easily be implemented with SmartDesign or user HDL.

The mathblocks can be managed through Libero's standard synthesis, simulation and layout flows. The embedded radiation-tolerant DSP mathblock supports simple signed 18 x 18 multiply, dual signed 9 x 9 multiply, multiply plus accumulate and cascaded multiply applications, enabling efficient implementation of DSP structures such as FIR, infinite impulse response digital filters, FFT and inverse Fourier transforms (IFT), discrete cosine transforms, correlators and digital IF up/down converters.

RTAX-DSP offers high performance at densities of up to 4 million equivalent system gates and 840 user I/Os for space-based applications. The RTAX-DSP family features up to 120 mathblocks, each capable of operating at 125MHz over the full military temperature range (-55C to +125C) for a total throughput of 15 billion multiply/accumulates per second (15GMACS).

Libero IDE can be downloaded and installed directly from Actel's Website. The Actel Libero IDE Gold edition is available on Windows free of charge. The Actel Libero IDE 8.5 Platinum edition is available on Windows and Linux platforms for $2,495. All editions are one-year renewable licenses.

- Clive Maxfield
Programmable Logic DesignLine

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