San Jose, Calif. Xilinx, Inc. has launched version 8.2 of its XtremeDSP development tools. These tools consist of the System Generator for DSP and AccelDSP, which feature optimized DSP support for XilinxVirtex 5 LX and LXT.
The newest version of the software tools enable DSP system designers and algorithm developers, who are unfamiliar with FPGAs, to design, simulate and verify DSP systems, achieving up to 40 percent lower power, 10 percent higher DSP performance and significantly reduced area compared to previous generation Virtex-4 LX FPGAs.
In addition to supporting the Virtex-5 LX and LXT FPGAs, version 8.2 of AccelDSP and System Generator also include support for the lower cost Spartan-3E FPGA family from Xilinx. These FPGAs are suited for cost-sensitive applications such as broadband access and home networking that not only require the parallelism of XtremeDSP technology but also the lowest logic cost in order to integrate additional system features such as interfaces, peripherals and control logic.
The new 8.2 version of System Generator enables DSP system and algorithm developers, that do not write VHDL or Verilog to develop their designs using MATLAB and Simulink from The MathWorks. Once floating-point modeling is complete, designers quantize it using the Xilinx bit- and cycle-accurate blockset and automatically generate HDL/RTL, netlists or complete bit streams for Xilinx FPGAs, including the new Virtex-5 LX and LXT devices.
Standalone pricing for System Generator starts at $995 and AccelDSP is priced at $4,995. Both System Generator and AccelDSP version 8.2 are available now. Two new XtremeDSP starter bundles are also available to make it easier for DSP system engineers and algorithm developers to gain access to complete front-to-back tool flows as part of the Xilinx Productivity Advantage (XPA) program. XtremeDSP XPA for Model-Based Design includes AccelDSP, System Generator, Integrated Software Environment foundation with ISIM and four days of training all for $9,500. XtremeDSP XPA for MATLAB-Based Design includes AccelDSP, AccelWare Communications and Advanced Math toolkits, ISE foundation with ISIM and two days training for $19,995.