SAN JOSE, Calif. Programmable logic supplier Xilinx Inc. Tuesday (April 4) announced the availability of AccelDSP Synthesis version 8.1 and the AccelWare DSP libraries of algorithmic intellectual property (IP), the first Xilinx offerings to incorporate technology from AccelChip, the synthesis tool startup that it acquired in January.
Xilinx said features of the kit that were formerly available as options are now standard. With a starting price of $30,000 for a one year, floating, subscription-based license, Xilinx said it has reduced the cost of the kit by approximately 60 percent.
Xilinx (San Jose) said AccelDSP Synthesis tool encapsulates multiple design tools, including the AccelChip DSP algorithmic synthesis tool, the M2C Accelerator (which automatically converts fixed-point MATLAB to C++) and IP-Explorer technology used for automatic selection of algorithmic IP based on system parameters. The tool's export to System Generator option, which provides a direct link into the System Generator for DSP tool, and the AccelWare building blocks IP toolkit, are also incorporated, Xilinx said.
"Today's announcement represents our continued investment, support and expansion of the AccelChip customer base," said Tom Feist, marketing director of Xilinx DSP tools, in a statement. "AccelDSP's tight integration into The MathWorks' Model-Based Design flow helps engineers and designers overcome the limitation of a document-based development process by replacing documents with comprehensive, system-level mathematical models."
According to Xilinx, when combined with the Xilinx System Generator for DSP tool, AccelDSP Synthesis 8.1 tool provides DSP algorithm and system designers that use The Mathworks Inc.'s Matlab and Simulink design tools with the industry's most capable design flow for high-performance DSP system design.
"Xilinx is making a significant investment in applying model-based design to simplify FPGA-based DSP system development," said Ken Karnofsky, marketing director for signal processing and communications at The MathWorks, in a statement. "Our tools continue to evolve synergistically, giving customers the power and flexibility to design signal processing algorithms and systems in MATLAB and Simulink with a smooth path to optimized hardware implementation on Xilinx FPGAs."
Xilinx said the announcement of AccelDSP Synthesis 8.1 represents a milestone in the company's DSP roadmap, outlined in October 2005. Xilinx is now offering the AccelDSP Synthesis tool and DSP libraries of algorithmic IP as an integrated part of Xilinx XtremeDSP solutions, the company said, claiming that these solutions save months over traditional RTL approaches and are application-optimized for digital communications, multimedia, video and image processing and defense systems.
AccelDSP Synthesis 8.1 is immediately available for the Windows XP operating system as an option to the Xilinx Integrated Software Environment tool, the company said. Current AccelChip DSP Synthesis maintenance customers will receive AccelDSP at no additional fee. The optional AccelWare signal processing, communication and advanced math IP toolkits are available for $5,000 each, the company said. A composite license for AccelDSP and all AccelWare libraries is available for $40,000, the company said. More information about AccelDSP is available on the Xilinx Web site.
Xilinx acquired AccelChip for a reported $21.5 million on Jan. 13.