Microsemi introduced System Builder design tool for the SmartFusion2 SoC FPGA devices. The System Builder tool simplifies the design process for Microsemi’s SmartFusion2 SoC FPGAs in embedded system applications. With System Builder, designers can quickly and easily define the desired system architecture via a high-level step-by-step process.
National Semiconductor announced the WEBENCH FPGA Power Architect design tool for modeling and optimizing power supplies for FPGAs in minutes. WEBENCH FPGA Power Architect features the detailed supply requirements of over 130 FPGA devices from Altera and Xilinx. With FPGA Power Architect, engineers select a FPGA from Altera or Xilinx and the tool automatically populates the unique power requirements, identifying core and I/O options for every potential load of that array. Once tuned by the designer, the tool collects all the loads and creates multiple power supply architectures as options for driving the FPGA and the total system.