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Product category: Design and Development Software
News Release from: Actel Europe | Subject: Libero v5.0
Edited by the Electronicstalk Editorial Team on 8 August 2003

Uprated design software
boosts FPGA performance

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The latest version of the Libero integrated design environment offers a more than 60% performance improvement for the company's successful, Flash-based ProASIC Plus FPGA family

The latest version of the Libero integrated design environment (IDE) offers a more than 60% performance improvement for the company's successful, Flash-based ProASIC Plus FPGA family. Actel's Designer v5.0, the physical design tool suite within the Libero IDE, offers designers new features, including a comprehensive ChipPlanner for user-driven device floorplanning and a powerful Multi-View Navigator graphical interface.

The Libero IDE v5.0 also features expanded interfaces to external tools, such as the Precision and LeonardoSpectrum synthesis tools from Mentor Graphics, the Synplify Pro synthesis software from Synplicity, and Actel's programming and debugging tools.

'In today's environment, FPGA designers will not tolerate broken or confusing design flows that impact design progress.

Therefore, we continue to enhance the Libero IDE with new features and capabilities to make the process as intuitive and painless as possible.

Further, the new external tool interfaces allow both FPGA and ASIC users to plug their tools of choice into the flow', said Saloni Howard-Sarin, Tools Marketing Director at Actel.

'The Libero IDE v5.0 takes Actel's tool offerings to the next level with more than 60% performance improvements and a reduction in design cycle time when designing next-generation FPGA solutions'.

The Libero IDE v5.0 features Synplicity's Synplify 7.3 software, which includes several quality of results (QoR) enhancements and improved performance for Actel's FPGA families.

Also included in the new version of the Libero tool suite are many functional and ease-of-use improvements via SynaptiCAD's WaveFormer Lite v9.0 and Mentor Graphics' ModelSim v5.7 offerings.

'FPGA designers today are looking for complete integrated design environments to help accelerate their time to market', said Tom Feist, Director of Product Marketing, FPGA Synthesis, Mentor Graphics.

'By partnering with Actel, we are meeting this requirement by offering our mutual customers Mentor's industry-leading point tools, such as ModelSim, LeonardoSpectrum and Precision Synthesis, integrated within the Libero design environment, as well as offering Actel's Designer v5.0 within our own integrated environment, FPGA Advantage'.

'SynaptiCAD has continued its partnership with Actel to provide best-in-class EDA tools for designers of Actel's FPGAs', said Dan Notestein, President of SynaptiCAD.

'The easy-to-use WaveFormer Lite test bench generation system fits seamlessly into the Actel Libero IDE and allows designers to meet their time-to-market goals when designing current and next-generation FPGAs'.

The Actel Designer v5.0 software contains several ease-of-use enhancements, including ChipPlanner and the Multi-View Navigator.

A comprehensive graphical interface for user-driven device floorplanning, ChipPlanner enables designers to achieve the best tradeoffs between optimal design density and performance through the management of regions, logic placement, I/O assignment and routing.

The new Multi-View Navigator simultaneously displays ChipPlanner, netlist, package, I/O attributes, hierarchy and log window views, thereby offering designers a comprehensive and efficient design management methodology.

Further, improvements to the placer and router functions in Designer v5.0 provide up to 15% additional performance improvements for Actel FPGAs.

Actel's Libero comprehensive design environment integrates industry-leading design tools and streamlines the design flow; manages all design and report files; and seamlessly passes necessary design data between tools.

The Libero tool suite supports mixed-mode design entry input, giving designers the choice of mixing either high-level VHDL or Verilog HDL language blocks with schematic modules within a design.

The Actel Libero design environment includes best-in-class tools such as Mentor Graphics' ViewDraw schematic capture tool; SynaptiCAD's WaveFormer Lite 9.0 test bench generation system; Mentor Graphics' ModelSim 5.7 simulation and design verification software; Synplicity's Synplify 7.3 synthesis software; and Actel's Silicon Explorer verification and logic analyser tool and Actel Designer place-and-route software.

The Actel Libero IDE v5.0 is available in three editions - Platinum, Gold and Silver.

Pricing for the Libero IDE v5.0 begins at $595, however, the Libero Silver and Platinum Evaluation editions are free of charge via the Actel website and may be used by qualified designers for one year and 45 days, respectively.

The Designer v5.0 Gold and Designer Platinum Evaluation editions are currently available on the Actel website free of charge.

Pricing for the Actel Designer v5.0 Platinum begins at $995.

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