SAN FRANCISCO Highlighting the growing popularity of the Linux operating system among designers, Xilinx Inc. has for the first time included Linux support on its free, downloadable development system.
According to Jim Cairns, director of corporate solutions marketing for Xilinx, the company's decision to support the 32-bit version of Red Hat Enterprise Linux 3 on the Integrated Software Environment (ISE) Webpack 7.1i is a response to customer demand and the growing number of EDA workstations expected to run on Linux.
Cairns cited an August 2004 forecast by Gartner Dataquest that calls for the number of EDA workstations shipped with Linux to grow from roughly 25 percent in 2004 to more than 35 percent in 2007.
"Linux is really coming on strong," Cairns said. "Even some of our large corporate customers have been asking for this for awhile."
While this is the first time Xilinx has included Linux support on a downloadable Webpack release, other Xilinx products have supported Linux over the past few years. Xilinx's ISE 7.1i, released March 1, supports 64-bit Linux.
In addition to Linux support, the Webpack 7.1i includes support for Xilinx's Spartan-3 Generation, Virtex-4 and CoolRunner-II families. Webpack 7.1i also includes a technology viewer that provides a schematic view of post-synthesis netlists, a design summary view that updates as new information becomes available and messaging filtering capabilities for report customization.
Webpack 7.1i also includes cable server features that enable remote configuration of devices across a network.
WebPack 7.1i is available for download from Xilinx's Web site.