Mentor Graphics Announces Logic and Physical Synthesis Support for Xilinx Virtex-6 and Spartan-6 FPGAs
Mentor Graphics Corporation announced that its suite of advanced synthesis products support Xilinx Virtex-6 and Spartan-6 Field Programmable Gate Arrays (FPGAs). Support for the new Virtex-6 and Spartan-6 FPGA families is available now in the Mentor Graphics Precision RTL and Precision RTL Plus products, providing state-of-the-art logic and physical synthesis to quickly implement complex designs that meet target specifications.
Mentor is the first EDA synthesis provider to offer physical synthesis support for Virtex-6 and Spartan-6 designs. Its push-button physical synthesis capability works in conjunction with the new Xilinx ISE Design Suite 11.2 to provide superior Quality-of-Results (QoR). Designers can also leverage Precision’s industry-leading SystemVerilog and mixed language support to implement their designs for Virtex-6 and Spartan-6 FPGAs. During the implementation cycle, customers with large designs can reduce run time by utilizing Precision’s unique automatic incremental synthesis and its integration with Xilinx SmartCompile technology.
Xilinx and Mentor Graphics engineering teams worked together to provide a superior implementation methodology. “We’re committed to delivering complete, fully integrated design flows with development environments that reflect the way designers work,” stated Tom Feist, senior marketing director for ISE Design Suite at Xilinx. “Our collaboration with Mentor Graphics is a key element of this strategy, and ensures a smooth transition for early adopters of our newest device families and targeted design platforms. As a result, our mutual customers can implement their Virtex-6 and Spartan-6 designs faster, while achieving excellent quality-of-results using the Precision-ISE tool flow.”
Virtex-6 and Spartan-6 FPGAs offer over 200% more logic capacity and greater than 300% increase in register density as compared to previous generations. “The latest additions to the Xilinx device portfolio provide faster performance at lower cost and with reduction in power consumption,” said Daniel Platzker, product line director, Mentor Graphics Design and Synthesis Division. “Thanks to the joint effort with Xilinx, Precision Synthesis was enhanced to take advantage of Xilinx’s latest silicon architecture, accelerating the time to market of our mutual customers.”