Venice, Florida — Mentor Graphics Corporation announced an extension to its ESL synthesis flow that enables users to implement higher performance DSP hardware than previously achievable with Catapult for Xilinx devices. The new Catapult C Synthesis accelerated library for Xilinx 65nm Virtex-5 FPGAs features a pushbutton flow, delivering significant DSP Fmax performance improvements in the order of 50-80% over standard libraries.
The massive increase in processing power required for next generation compute-intensive applications such as wireless communication, video and imaging, and medical has created a need for much higher levels of signal processing performance. Mentor's Catapult C Synthesis tool for Xilinx Virtex-5 FPGAs performs efficient mapping to the Virtex-5 hardware resources leveraging the XtremeDSP capabilities of the device. The result is designs that operate as much as 50-80 percent faster than results previously achieved by any high level synthesis tool.
"The Virtex-5 Accelerated Library for Catapult C improves user productivity by enabling easy access to DSP optimized features in Virtex-5," said Steve Lass, Senior Director of Software Marketing at Xilinx.