Actel and HDL Works’ collaboration resulted in the optimization of the HDL EASE design entry tool for Actel’s Libero IDE design flow. The EASE Graphical HDL Design Entry environment is touted by both companies as a fast and accurate way for design entry, modification, and maintenance of VHDL, Verilog, and mixed-language designs for FPGA and ASICs.
Thomas Rode, design manager at Siemens’ automotive and drives division in Nürnberg, Germany said, “We’ve used EASE for implementation of many designs in Actel devices very successfully. The major benefit we experience is the enormous reduction in time necessary for editing, debugging and modifying the HDL code.” Rode further explained that the close integration of the design tools reduces design time, simplifying the interaction between the different stages of the design flow, enhancing productivity and optimizing exploration of multiple design implementations.
The optimization of EASE by HDL Works gives Libero users easy access to all features available in EASE via an enhanced and intuitive interface. According to Willem Gruter, president and CEO of HDL Works points out that the HDL has customers in many of the high-reliability segments that Actel targets with its FPGAs. “This integration offers our mutual customers the right toolset for the ever increasing complexity for high-end FPGA designs,” said Gruter.
“We are pleased to partner with HDL Works because EASE complements the Libero IDE and offers the combination of both power and ease of use that FPGA designers value,” said Saloni Howard-Sarin, director of antifuse and tools marketing at Actel. “When our customers use EASE, they can save time and money by eliminating costly errors in HDL code. They can then use the RTL generated by EASE in the Libero environment to complete their design.”
EASE gives users a choice of graphical or text-based HDL entry providing the ability to use their language of choice while potentially improving productivity by using the power of EASE for documentation, communication, editing, propagating changes through the design hierarchy and exploring different implementations.
Ease is currently available. An evaluation copy can be downloaded from the HDL Works Web site. Prices begin at $4,200.