SAN FRANCISCO Programmable logic supplier Xilinx Inc. Monday (Dec. 12) released version 8.1i of its Integrated Software Environment (ISE) design tool suite, which features a new ISE Fmax technology with enhanced physical synthesis capabilities to improve performance and timing closure for both the Virtex-4 and Spartan-3 field-programmable gate array (FPGA) architectures.
According to Xilinx (San Jose, Calif.), using ISE 8.1i software, designers can boost performance by an average of 10 to 37 percent as compared to previous ISE releases and up to 70 percent over competing solutions using Virtex-4 FPGAs. ISE 8.1i also delivers enhancements to the industry's only partial reconfiguration technology, enabling lower cost, size and power consumption, Xilinx said.
"We are constantly working with designers to solve their key challenges timing closure, cost and systems-design complexity," said Bruce Talley, vice president of the Design Software division at Xilinx, in a statement. "ISE 8.1i addresses these with advanced design compilation optimizations, delivering substantial automated Fmax improvements and offering intuitive new interface features."
Xilinx said the ISE Fmax technology employs efficient algorithms to improve the results of physical synthesis and logic optimization. ISE Fmax Technology includes a full set of features for design retiming, timing- driven packing and placement, performance evaluation and post-placement logic optimization, the company said.
ISE Fmax technology is complementary to synthesis optimizations from Synplicity Inc. and Mentor Graphics Corp., Xilinx said.
ISE 8.1i configurations are immediately available with prices ranging from a free internet download version to the fully featured version priced at $2,495, Xilinx said.
All versions of ISE software packages support Windows 2000 and Windows XP and Linux Red Hat Enterprise 3.0. ISE Foundation also supports Solaris 2.8 and 2.9.
More information about ISE is available on Xilinx' Web site.