San Jose, Calif.--March 16, 1998--At the Silicon Strategies '98 Conference, Xilinx (San Jose) announced the availability of its new Core Generator software. The Core Generator tool delivers highly optimized, parameterizable cores that are compatible with standard design methodologies for Xilinx field programmable gate arrays (FPGAs). This easy-to-use tool generates flexible, high-performance cores with a high degree of predictability and allows customers to download future core offerings from the Xilinx Web site. Both Xilinx and independent IP developers can design cores for the Core Generator tool, which also serves as a cataloging and delivery system for related collateral for all designers using Xilinx.
Cores are developed and optimized using the Xilinx Smart-IP technology, which leverages the Xilinx architectural advantages, such as look-up tables (LUTs), distributed RAM, segmented routing, and floorplanning information--logic mapping and relative location constraints. Parameterization allows for design flexibility in which users can create the exact functions they need.
Further, the utilization efficiency and performance of each parameterized core is equivalent to the best possible hand-packed design to help reduce FPGA device power dissipation. Designs with optimal layout use less programmable interconnect and thus dissipate less power with higher performance. Cores made with Smart-IP technology are unique by maintaining their performance and predictability regardless of the device size and the number of cores used in the device. Currently, Xilinx Logicore products incorporate Smart-IP technology. Xilinx will introduce an automated process for developing coresbased on Smart-IP technology for its Alliancecore partners later in the year.
Design engineers can download new Xilinx cores directly through the Xilinx Web site. Once downloaded and installed, the new cores are available to the user on the next invocation of the Core Generator. Once the tool is installed from the CD-ROM on a PC or workstation platform, future core and core update offerings can be downloaded fromwww.xilinx.com/products/logicore/coregen and installed for use with by the Core Generator.
A simple flow allows core selection, custom parameterization, and core generation. The parameterized core is supported in both the Xilinx Foundation and Alliance Series environments. After the parameterized core is generated, a schematic symbol representing the core is available for use in the schematic capture, or HDL instantiation code is available for inclusion in the user's HDL code.
The Xilinx Core Generator tool is available now without charge on CD-ROM. The CD-ROM contains the Core Generator application and 30 cores, including FIR filters, adders, accumulators, and multipliers. The tool also contains an interface for access to mainstream, system-level design tools.
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