Exemplar Logic Announces Full Support for Ten-Million System Gate Architecture.Business/Technology Editors
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Exemplar's LeonardoSpectrum Solution Enables Next-Generation
Synthesis for Ultra High-Density FPGA (Field Programmable Gate Array) A type of gate array that is programmed in the field rather than in a semiconductor fab. Containing up to hundreds of thousands of gates, there are a variety of FPGA architectures on the market. designs
Exemplar Logic Inc.(R), a Mentor Graphics Mentor Graphics, Inc (NASDAQ: MENT) is a US-based multinational corporation dealing in electronic design automation (EDA) for electrical engineering and electronics, as of 2004, ranked third in the EDA industry it helped create. Company, today announced that its LeonardoSpectrum(TM) 2000 is the first synthesis solution to fully support the new, high-performance Virtex(TM)-II architecture from Xilinx Inc. (NASDAQ NASDAQ
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U.S. market for over-the-counter securities. Established in 1971 by the National Association of Securities Dealers (NASD), NASDAQ is an automated quotation system that reports on : XLNX). The milestone is a direct result of Exemplar's rapid software development process that gives customers Internet access See how to access the Internet. to monthly updates of Exemplar's synthesis design tools. LeonardoSpectrum provides Xilinx customers with an accurate and easy-to-use synthesis tool for ultra high-density Field Programmable Gate Array See FPGA. (FPGA) design, featuring modular design In the context of systems engineering, modular design — or "modularity in design" — is an approach aiming to subdivide a system into smaller parts (modules) that can be independently created and then used in different systems to drive multiple functionalities. , TimeCloser(TM) technology for rapid timing closure, incremental design flows and bi-directional integration with Xilinx place and route and floorplanning tools for designs beyond ten-million system gates.
Integrated circuit integrated circuit (IC), electronic circuit built on a semiconductor substrate, usually one of single-crystal silicon. The circuit, often called a chip, is packaged in a hermetically sealed case or a nonhermetic plastic capsule, with leads extending from it for innovations in the Application Specific Integrated Circuit (ASIC (Application Specific Integrated Circuit) Pronounced "a-sick." A chip that is custom designed for a specific application rather than a general-purpose chip such as a microprocessor. ) design community have outpaced the functionality of Electronic Design Automation (EDA (1) (Electronic Design Automation) Using the computer to design, lay out, verify and simulate the performance of electronic circuits on a chip or printed circuit board. ) tools, creating a design gap that has limited designer productivity. Advanced technologies such as Exemplar's TimeCloser are available now to help designers realize maximum design speeds with Virtex-II FPGAs, avoiding the bottleneck that stalled many advanced ASIC design starts. LeonardoSpectrum 2000 with TimeCloser technology is optimized for ten-million system-gate designs and beyond, enabling second-pass TrueTiming(TM) optimization based on accurate physical data. For system integrators incorporating the Virtex-II architecture into systems such as Internet infrastructure, voice and video processing Video processing techniques are used in video codecs, video players and other devices. For example—commonly only design and video processing is different in TV sets of different manufactures. and mass storage applications, LeonardoSpectrum helps realize rapid timing closure and accelerated time-to-market.
"Our close partnership with Exemplar creates a seamless flow, from floorplanning through synthesis and place and route, that is critical to maximizing productivity and efficiency from our latest architectures," said Rich Sevcik, senior vice president and general manager of Intellectual Property, Services and Software at Xilinx. "LeonardoSpectrum, integrated with our floorplanner, is specifically designed to minimize iterations through synthesis and place and route, accelerating design processes and solving the timing closure bottleneck."
LeonardoSpectrum's support for Virtex-II designs includes device specific optimizations and a new bi-directional place-and-route interface that allows timing optimization based on accurate, physical data. Accurate timing data ensures that LeonardoSpectrum's path-based timing optimization identifies and optimizes the correct critical path, ensuring the highest quality of results possible. In addition, LeonardoSpectrum 2000 contains several Xilinx-specific flows, including support for modular design, incremental synthesis, and hierarchical floorplanning.
"With the high density of the Virtex-II architecture, Xilinx has ushered FPGAs into markets and applications previously addressed solely by ASIC solutions," said Jose Torres, general manager for Exemplar Logic. "To realize the full potential of these new architectures requires a new generation of design tools. We develop our synthesis solutions in close collaboration with the leading FPGA vendors to ensure that the next-generation synthesis requirements of FPGA designers are met at the same pace as new architectures are rolled out."
Price and Availability
LeonardoSpectrum 2000 is available now. The TimeCloser technology is available in the Level 3 version of the product. U.S. list price starts at $4,500. The tool runs on Windows(R)-NT, 95, 98 and 2000, Solaris and HP-UX HP's version of Unix that runs on its 9000 family. It is based on SVID and incorporates features from BSD Unix along with several HP innovations.
(operating system) HP-UX - The version of Unix running on Hewlett-Packard workstations. platforms. LeonardoSpectrum is also available as part of the FPGA Advantage(TM)Design Solution from Mentor Graphics.
Xilinx is the leading innovator of complete programmable logic solutions, including advanced integrated circuits, software design tools, predefined system functions delivered as cores, and unparalleled field engineering support. Founded in 1984 and headquartered in San Jose, Calif., Xilinx invented the field programmable gate array (FPGA) and commands more than half of the world market for these devices today. Xilinx solutions enable customers to significantly reduce the time required to develop products for the computer, peripheral, telecommunications, networking, industrial control, instrumentation, high-reliability/military, and consumer markets. For more information, visit the Xilinx web site at www.xilinx.com
About Exemplar Logic, Inc.
Exemplar Logic, Inc. is a Mentor Graphics Company (Nasdaq: MENT). Exemplar pioneered applying logic synthesis techniques to the design of FPGAs, CPLDs and ASICs. It is the world's number one CPLD (Complex PLD) A programmable logic device that is made up of several simple PLDs (SPLDs) with a programmable switching matrix in between the logic blocks. CPLDs typically use EEPROM, flash memory or SRAM to hold the logic design interconnections. See PLD and SPLD. and FPGA synthesis tool supplier, as reported by Dataquest. Exemplar's products are sold and supported worldwide by Exemplar Logic, its OEMs and VARs, Mentor Graphics and through the FPGA and CPLD component distribution channel. Exemplar's design environments implement a complete high-level design solution for FPGA, CPLD and ASIC design, offering synthesis, simulation and timing analysis for Windows(R) 95/98, Windows-NT and UNIX UNIX
Operating system for digital computers, developed by Ken Thompson of Bell Laboratories in 1969. It was initially designed for a single user (the name was a pun on the earlier operating system Multics). (HP, Sun) platforms in server and non-server environments. Exemplar Logic is located at 880 Ridder Park Drive, San Jose, California San Jose (IPA: /ˌsænhoʊˈzeɪ/) is the third-largest city in California, and the tenth-largest in the United States. It is the county seat of Santa Clara County. 95131. For information on Exemplar representatives or products, please call (408) 487-7000, e-mail: email@example.com, or visit www.exemplar.com.
Exemplar Logic, LeonardoSpectrum, TimeCloser, and FPGA Advantage are trademarks of Mentor Graphics Corp. Virtex is a trademark of Xilinx, Inc. Windows is a registered trademark of Microsoft Corp. All other company and/or product names are the trademarks and/or registered trademarks of their respective owners.