Mentor Graphics released Precision Synthesis 2010a for FPGA synthesis. The latest version features new capabilities for mil-aero and safety-critical applications, integration with other Mentor tools, Quality-of-Results (QoR) improvements, synthesis for lower power, and encryption based on the IEEE P1735 standard. The Precision Synthesis product line is available now with a starting price of approximately $21,000.
Precision Synthesis 2010a Features
- Assured Synthesis Mode
Avoid synthesis/simulation mismatches and ensure all performed optimizations are formally verifiable.
- Demand Requirements Tracking
Precision Synthesis 2010a integrates with Mentor Graphics ReqTracer to trace requirements from original specification through synthesis and place-and-route.
- Improved Integration with Mentor Graphics FPGA Flow
Tightens integration between Precision Synthesis and FormalPro equivalence checking, the I/O Designer tool for FPGA-PCB design, the Catapult C high level synthesis tool, HDL Designer tool for design creation and reuse, the ModelSim and Questa tools for simulation, and the new ReqTracer requirements tracking tool.
- Quality-of-Results (QoR)
Precision 2010a delivers significant QoR improvements, overcoming a major bottleneck in achieving design closure. Performance improvement is 12% on average and up to 30% for some device families.
- Low Power Synthesis
Power efficiency is a high priority as FPGAs move into mobile and hand-held applications. Low power synthesis can reduce overall dynamic power by applying optimizations such as reduction of switching activity in clock routes, power-efficient memory access, and power-aware retiming.
Design security is another concern among developers and IP providers. Precision 2010a introduces Precise-Encrypt, an FPGA vendor-independent encryption flow based on the IEEE P1735 draft. Precise-Encrypt allows encrypted HDL to be shared with project teams, development partners, and IP vendors without disclosing proprietary content. When used with the Mentor ModelSim or Questa tool, designers can use the same encrypted HDL for both simulation and synthesis, thereby ensuring consistency between the verification and implementation flows.
Mentor’s FPGA vendor-independent IP platform has been further enhanced with additional Mentor cores and third-party cores from new partners. Precise-IP partners currently include ARM, AeroFlex, CAST, EnSilica, Eureka Technology, Helion, IPextreme, Innovative Logic, OptNgn, and Sital.
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