Date: 25th Apr 2012
The 5th EDA software with analytical place
and route for VLSI design, but for FPGA
Xilinx has announced totally new FPGA design software called
"Vivado Design Suite" for its latest 28nm family,
ARM core integrated Zync and 3D stacked FPGA devices.
The key strengths of this new software package Vivado is
it uses analytical place and route for programming logic
functions on the FPGA chip. Xilinx claims its first such
company among the chipmakers to offer such a complex design
tool. In the whole electronics industry, only 4 other are
selling VLSI design software tools with analytical place
and route capability. They are Synopsys, Cadence, Mentor
Graphics and Magma Design Automation, according to Xilinx.
Vivado is designed to reduce chip-design time from weeks
to days. This tool is designed to take less computing resources
either on a PC or server.
Both for FPGA design and general VLSI design, this tool
is expected to create high value due to its performance
and moderately priced offering by Xilinx. Company intend
to provide good software support and generate profit out
of its 28nm chips rather than this software.
Detailed Vivado features to be covered in our next article.