San Jose, Calif. To help designers benchmark and maximize the performance benefits of Virtex-4 and Spartan-3 field-programmable gate arrays (FPGA), Xilinx Inc. is offering the Xplorer utility that when used with RTL level retiming with the company's ISE software claims it can improve Virtex-4 device performance by 26%.
The Xplorer utility is said to save designers a full speed-grade compared with competing 90-nm FPGAs. It employs smart constraining techniques and a variety of physical optimization strategies.
Xplorer works with the Xilinx ISE software suite to explore the right set of options to meet design constraints.
Xilinx realized the 26% performance improvement results by conducting a benchmarking experiment on more than 50 customer designs.
The Xplorer utility was also used with a suite of synthesizable RTL designs from OpenCores.
The Xplorer utility can be downloaded free of charge at www.xilinx.com/xplorer
For more information, go to www.xilinc.com/bvdocs/whitepapers/wp229.pdf
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