Synplicity®, Inc. (Nasdaq:SYNP), a leading supplier of innovative IC design and verification solutions, announced that its Synplify® Premier software has been enhanced to provide more time-to-market benefits to designers using high-density FPGAs. In release 9.0, the company’s award winning(1) graph-based physical synthesis technology has been optimized for Xilinx Virtex-5 FPGAs to deliver exceptional timing closure, analysis and debug for these advanced devices. This latest release extends the graph-based physical synthesis technology which has been implemented for Xilinx Spartan-3, Virtex-II Pro and Virtex-4 FPGAs for more than two years. Synplicity also announced it has extended these benefits to FPGA designers targeting Altera Stratix-III, Stratix-II and Stratix-II GX FPGAs, through the company’s Synplify Premier Beta Program.
Unlike other solutions, Synplify Premier 9.0 gives users the most accurate timing information and insight into debug performance-related issues immediately following synthesis. Designers won’t have to go through the hours of place and route, typical in traditional flows, to get detailed timing information. Once the designer is happy with the results, placement from the Synplify Premier software is passed to place and route to ensure deterministic results and thus the fastest timing closure. In addition to providing an optimal solution for timing closure, Synplify Premier 9.0 provides several algorithmic QoR enhancements and productivity boosting features such as a new user interface, additional SystemVerilog constructs and a new module generation capability.
Andy Haines, senior vice president of marketing at Synplicity notes, “The Synplify Premier Platform is a comprehensive environment for FPGA design comprising a variety of tools and technologies that provide improvement in analysis, DSP implementation, debug and productivity needed to successfully complete today’s high-density designs. We worked very closely with our FPGA partners to ensure that Synplify Premier 9.0 supports the intricate architectural elements of these advanced 65-nanometer devices. We are excited to offer graph-based physical synthesis to Virtex-5 designers through Synplify Premier and to Stratix-III designers through our Beta Program.”
Robust FPGA Design Platform Integrates a Variety of Features
Synplicity continuously works to expand the breadth of its synthesis technology to provide the most robust platform for FPGA implementation and design. The Synplify Premier Platform is a complete environment offering a range of features including RTL analysis, source-level debug, HDL analysis, advanced floorplanning, physical analysis, module generators and optimizations for DSP design. The Synplify Premier solution is also a platform for implementation and debug of ASIC and SoC prototypes using a single FPGA.
With the release of Synplify Premier 9.0, Synplicity offers additional features for improved productivity. For example, Synplicity has expanded its SynCore IP generator to support FIFOs in addition to RAMs. Designers supply parameters to indicate the size and type of RAM or FIFO and the IP generator wizard automatically creates technology independent RTL ready for synthesis into an FPGA. These features allow designers to avoid handwriting RTL or using technology dependent memory instantiations for these functions.
Additionally, Synplicity continues to extend its support for the SystemVerilog language. New SystemVerilog features in release 9.0 include:
- Array assignments (packed & unpacked)
- Arrays as arguments to functions, tasks and modules
- Declarations in for-loop
- Port declarations for multiple dimensions
- Default argument types
- Argument by names
Graph-Based Physical Synthesis Key to Addressing Timing Closure
In order to fully address timing closure, designers must have highly accurate timing correlation between what a tool estimates and the final, actual timing. The only proven way to get this timing correlation is to perform detailed placement and routing during logic optimization and also to have access to FPGA-specific routing information (routing graph a.k.a. graph-based). Synplicity’s graph-based physical synthesis is the only product on the market that performs final detailed placement of logic during optimization, and therefore, is the only tool that successfully addresses timing closure. Actual testing on customer designs has shown that graph-based physical synthesis provides timing correlation within 10 percent of final post-route timing on over 90 percent of designs resulting in fewer design iterations, less time to completion, and logical and physical optimizations on the actual critical paths of the design.
Unlike other solutions, Synplicity’s patented, and award-winning graph-based physical synthesis technology merges logic optimization, placement and routing estimates into a single process which is used alongside a highly accurate interconnect timing graph (database) to help ensure a design’s critical paths use the fastest available routing resources in the target device. This is the only physical synthesis solution that creates detailed placement for all logic which is then passed on to the vendor tool for final routing.
“The new Synplify Premier product highlights the ongoing benefits of the strong relationship between Xilinx and Synplicity and their work in the Ultra High-Density Task Force. It also signifies Synplicity’s ongoing commitment to supporting the advancing requirement of FPGA devices,” said Hitesh Patel, director of Software Product Marketing at Xilinx. “While the architecture in the Virtex-5 devices provides the industry with clear advantages for ultra-high density design, it did require close attention by Synplicity to marry these benefits with its FPGA design platform. The company came through with a solid solution that not only provides new productivity benefits, but also addressed our primary requirement for improved timing closure.”
New Algorithmic Changes Improve Performance, Area and Cost
Synplify Premier 9.0 is enhanced with algorithmic changes supporting the sophisticated architectural and routing structures for improved performance and area utilization reducing device cost. The huge capacity of 65-nanometer devices, coupled with new architectural features, complex routing and high-capacity memory structures can achieve even greater quality of results through the use of specialized synthesis tools with customized algorithms. Synplicity’s physical synthesis software features a unique direct-mapping technology employing a variety of sophisticated new heuristics tailored to minimize the number of logic elements used while still meeting timing objectives.
ASIC Prototyping with FPGAs
As ASIC designers increasingly depend upon FPGAs to prototype all or part of their designs, there is a need for a synthesis and verification environment that can take HDL code written for an ASIC and efficiently implement it in an FPGA. The Synplify Premier platform accommodates this by performing automated gated-clock conversion handling of generated clocks and Synopsys DesignWare® components. Synplify Premier software addresses single FPGA prototypes, while Synplicity’s Certify® RTL prototyping product enables multiple FPGA prototypes with advanced partitioning and pin multiplexing technology.
Pricing and Availability
Synplify Premier 9.0 is now available. Pricing for the design environment starts at $54,000 (USD). Synplify Premier software customers who are on active maintenance will receive the 9.0 release at no extra cost. Designers interested in participating in the Beta Program, please contact your Synplicity sales representative.
Synplicity®, Inc. (Nasdaq:SYNP) is a leading supplier of innovative IC design and verification solutions that serve a wide range of communications, military/aerospace, semiconductor, consumer, computer, and other electronic applications markets. Synplicity’s FPGA implementation tools provide outstanding performance, cost and time-to-market benefits by simplifying, improving and automating logic synthesis, physical synthesis, analysis and debug for programmable logic designs. Synplicity’s ESL synthesis solutions significantly improve productivity for DSP designs realized in ASIC and FPGA devices. The Confirma(tm) at-speed verification platform, comprising software tools and the HAPS(tm) family of prototyping systems, enables both comprehensive verification of ASIC, ASSP and SoC designs and software development prior to chip tapeout. Synplicity is the number one supplier of FPGA synthesis tools and its physical synthesis and ASIC verification technologies are the recipients of several prestigious industry awards. The company operates in more than 20 facilities worldwide and is headquartered in Sunnyvale, California.
(1) Note: Synplify Premier with graph-based physical synthesis won the 2006 LSI Design of the year award (Japan); also in 2006 it was a finalist for the European Elektra Award; it was named one of EDN’s top products of 2005; and was a finalist for the EDN Innovation Awards and IEC DesignVision Award for 2005.
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