Xilinx, Inc. (Nasdaq: XLNX) today announced immediate availability of version 8.2i of the Xilinx Platform Studio tool suite for embedded processing design. The tool suite is part of the Xilinx Embedded Development Kit (EDK) and introduces early access support for the company’s new 65nm Virtex(TM)-5 LX domain-optimized FPGAs. The latest release of Platform Studio 8.2i incorporates design enhancements to optimize embedded processing development and debug.
“Designers of embedded applications continue to seek flexible solutions for their evolving design challenges,” said Lawrence Getman, director of marketing for the Embedded Processing Division at Xilinx. “The unique enhancements in Platform Studio 8.2i streamline embedded system design to further take advantage of the flexibility offered by Xilinx embedded processor cores. With this new release, we have also opened up early access for embedded processing support using Virtex-5 LX devices — the fastest FPGAs available today.”
Enhanced Embedded Design and Debug
Platform Studio 8.2i introduces many ease-of-use improvements as well as powerful new debugging capabilities. Better integration between tools within the Platform Studio environment as well as linker script and data sheet generation improves productivity. A new configuration wizard aides in setting up debug sessions and version 8.2i includes a specific MicroBlaze(TM) Trace Core (MTC) from embedded partner Agilent Technologies. The MTC allows capture of real-time code flow with powerful triggering capabilities and deep memory trace while using Agilent Windows(R)-based logic analyzers. Additionally, version 8.2i improves status visibility of IP cores as well as the performance of invoking internal tools and loading large designs.
Pricing and Availability
Platform Studio 8.2i supports PowerPC(TM) and MicroBlaze processor designs for the Xilinx Virtex-5, Virtex-4, Virtex-II Pro, Spartan(TM)-3E and Spartan-3 Platform FPGAs. It is immediately available for the following computing platforms: Windows(R) 2000 SP2, SP3, SP4 and XP SP1, SP2, Solaris(R) 2.8/5.8 and 2.9/5.9, as well as Linux(R) Red Hat(R) Enterprise 3.0.
The Platform Studio embedded tool suite is conveniently bundled with a processing IP library, software drivers, documentation, reference designs and the MicroBlaze soft processor IP core in the new 8.2i release of the Xilinx Embedded Development Kit (EDK) for $495 US list. Evaluation versions of the Xilinx Integrated Software Environment (ISE(TM)) 8.2i logic design tools and ChipScope(TM) Pro hardware debugger are included. For complete information on the Platform Studio tools, EDK, and all Xilinx embedded processing solutions, go online.
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