Synplicity Synplify Pro Supports Xilinx Virtex-5 FXT FPGAs

Synplicity, Inc. (NASDAQ:SYNP), a leading supplier of innovative IC design and verification solutions, announced that its advanced FPGA synthesis solution Synplify Pro®, now supports Virtex®-5 FXT field programmable gate arrays (FPGAs) from Xilinx, Inc. (NASDAQ:XLNX), the world’s leading supplier of programmable logic solutions. In addition, Synplicity has created an automated solution for integrating its Synplify Pro FPGA synthesis solution into the Xilinx Embedded Development Kit (EDK) so designers can achieve maximum productivity and quality of results for their embedded system designs.

“Our ongoing relationship with Synplicity results in solutions that maximize the capabilities of ultra high-density designs implemented in Xilinx 65-nm Virtex-5 FPGAs,” said Steve Lass, senior director software marketing at Xilinx. “For customers designing with Virtex-5 FXT FPGAs, we advocate the use of the Synplify Pro tool as it provides outstanding timing and area results for these high-performance devices.”

The Virtex-5 FXT platform comes with up to two PowerPC® 440 processor blocks, high-performance DSP and high-speed serial capabilities to deliver a comprehensive system-integration platform for high-performance applications such as audio/video broadcast, communications, military, aerospace and many others. One of the key reasons software customers targeting Virtex-5 FXT FPGAs get optimal timing and area results using the Synplify Pro tool is because the synthesis algorithms in the product have been developed to take advantage of the 6-input Look Up Tables (LUTs) that characterize the Virtex-5 family. Existing synthesis technology, based upon 4-input LUT architectures, will not be able to deliver optimal results when targeting Virtex-5 FXT FPGAs.

“By combining two IBM PowerPC 440 embedded processors with over 190 GMACs of DSP processing horsepower in a single device, Xilinx has created a truly impressive system-integration platform with the Virtex-5 FXT FPGAs,” said Jeff Garrison, senior director of marketing, FPGA Implementation at Synplicity. “The Synplify Pro software, already tightly integrated into the Xilinx ISE and XtremeDSP Development Tools environments, now supports the entire system design flow by supporting the Xilinx embedded development tool, Platform Studio, using a new script-based flow. This flow makes it easy for system designers, with limited FPGA design experience, to achieve optimum results using Synplify Pro.”

Pricing and Availability
Synplify Pro software support for the Virtex-5 FXT platform is available now and pricing starts at $22,880 (US). Current Synplify Pro software customers on active maintenance will receive support for the new Virtex-5 FXT devices at no extra charge.

About Synplicity
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.