IDE stretches to
next-generation FPGA designs
Actel Corp has enhanced its Actel Libero integrated design environment (IDE) for the design and development of its FPGA product families
Actel Libero 2.3 IDE offers improvements to the synthesis and place-and-route tools from Synplicity and Actel, respectively. Other new features include FlashLock support for Actel's Flash-based ProASIC Plus devices, additional SmartPower capabilities and several layout enhancements to the Designer R1-2003 software.
The new features and capabilities of the Libero 2.3 tool suite enable Actel to offer designers more than a full speed grade of improved performance over the current version and a reduction in design cycle time when designing next-generation FPGA solutions.
The Libero 2.3 IDE features Synplicity's Synplify 7.2 software, which includes several quality of results (QoR) enhancements, such as improved correlation between synthesis and post-layout timing results, as well as new carry-chain support for Actel's high-performance Axcelerator products.
The Synplify software also offers improved performance for Actel's ProASIC Plus family.
Updated versions of SynaptiCAD WaveFormer Lite and Mentor Graphics' ModelSim are also included in the new version of Actel Libero.
The Actel Designer R1-2003 software contains several layout enhancements, delivering more than a full speed grade of improved performance over the current version.
The Actel Designer Extended Layout Script offers up to 32% improvements in performance for specific designs.
Updates have also been made to the simulation libraries and the SDF timing file.
Further, designers of Actel ProASIC and ProASIC Plus FPGAs using the Actel Libero tool suite now may benefit from new SmartPower features, enabling designers to save analysis settings and produce reports.
Other enhancements to the Libero IDE include the addition of FlashLock support for Permanent Lock feature in ProASIC Plus FPGAs, allowing designers to protect the device by disabling the ability to reprogram or reverse engineer the device.
This protects customers from having their designs and intellectual property copied.
Actel's Libero Project Manager has also been optimised to include several improvements making it easier to for designers to track and manage changes to projects.
Actel Libero and Actel Designer tools also offer enhanced online help in an HTML-based system, including updated documentation and easier access of information.
The Actel Libero 2.3 integrated design environment is available in three editions: Platinum, Gold and Silver.
Pricing begins at $995.
The Libero Silver and Evaluation editions may be used by qualified designers for one year and 45 days, respectively, free of charge via the Actel website.
Pricing for the Actel Designer Platinum version begins at $995.
The Designer Gold and Designer Platinum Evaluation editions are currently available on the Actel website.
Current customers on maintenance will be upgraded to Designer version R1-2003 at no additional cost.
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