MARLBORO, Mass. -- Innoveda Inc., the company formed by the merger of Viewlogic Systems Inc. and Summit Design Inc., today announced Innovate FPGA, a complete design environment for high-density field-programmable gate arrays (FPGAs).
The company said this solution is faster than than standard solutions for the design of large-scale FPGAs, through the combination of graphical Hardware Description Language (HDL) entry, logic synthesis and verification tools.
"Innovate FPGA sets a new standard in efficient design of large-scale FPGAs," said Philip Lewer, product marketing manager at Innoveda. "It brings together the industry's leading tools to integrate the entire FPGA design environment, from capture through verification and synthesis, to place and route."
The Innovate FPGA tool suite integrates Innoveda's Visual HDL, IntelliFlow and Fusion tools with FPGA synthesis tools such as FPGA Express or the logic synthesis engine Synplify from Synplicity Inc.
Visual HDL enables designers to graphically capture finite state machines, block diagrams, truth tables and flowcharts, rather than manually coding them in VHDL or Verilog. It simplifies and accelerates HDL-based design by automatically generating optimized HDL code for leading logic synthesis tools. A new feature is the ability to quickly go from graphics into FPGA implementation flows by launching the IntelliFlow flow manager.
IntelliFlow unifies functional simulation, synthesis, place and route, and verification under a single user interface, regardless of target vendor or family. It presents easy-to-understand design flows for FPGA design. For simulation and verification, IntelliFlow uses Fusion to functionallysimulate the VHDL or Verilog generated by Visual HDL and verify the FPGA's timing and functionality after place and route. IntelliFlow automatically passes the code provided by Visual HDL into synthesis for analysis, elaboration and optimization. Once synthesis is completed, IntelliFlow runs the FPGA vendor-provided place and route software on the synthesized
netlist, and then generates a PCB symbol for instantiation onto a board-level schematic.
Innovate FPGA provides a seamless link from design capture into FPGA logic synthesis via IntelliFlow. From IntelliFlow, users can choose between the Synplify or FPGA Express synthesis engines.
The list price for Innovate FPGA, including Visual HDL, IntelliFlow, Fusion and FPGA Express, starts at $15,000 and is available immediately from Innoveda for the PC platform.