Lattice Semiconductor released the latest version of their Diamond design software. Lattice Diamond 2.0 features advanced support for the new LatticeECP4 FPGA family. Lattice Diamond 2.0 software includes a complete set of easy to use, powerful design tools fine-tuned specifically for the logic fabric of their low power, low cost mid-range FPGA devices. New features include System Planner to support LatticeECP4 architecture and simplify the creation of complex high-speed 6 Gbps serial data transmission solutions without compromising cost targets.
Synopsys introduced the 2010.09 release of Synplify Pro and Synplify Premier FPGA synthesis tools. Synplify 2010.09 products reduce logic synthesis runtimes and enable faster post-netlist incremental design turns. The Synplify Pro and Synplify Premier 2010.09 tools now offer synthesis support for the SiliconBlue iCE65 FPGA family. The tools feature 4X synthesis runtime improvement, global placer, concurrent design development for teams, and support for DesignWare Library datapath and building block components for FPGA Implementation and ASIC Prototyping. Synplify Pro and Synplify Premier 2010.09 are available now. The 2010.09 Synplify FPGA synthesis tools are supported on Windows and Linux, 32 and 64-bit platforms.
Altera has begun production shipment of the Stratix IV E EP4SE820 FPGA device. The EP4SE820 is the highest density member of the 40-nm Stratix IV FPGA family and features 820K logic elements (LEs). The Altera Stratix IV E EP4SE820 FPGA is ideal for high-end applications that require high-density, high-performance and low-power FPGAs, including ASIC prototyping and emulation, wireless, wireline, military, computer and storage.
Altera introduced the 28nm Stratix V FPGA family. The Stratix V FPGA family features up to 1.6 Tbps of serial switching capability; up to 1.1 million logic elements (LEs); 53-Mbits embedded memory; 3,680 18×18 multipliers; and integrated transceivers operating up to 28 Gbps. Samples of Stratix V FPGAs are expected in the first quarter of 2011.
Initial Xilinx Virtex-6 LX760 FPGA samples are now shipping. Virtex-6 LX760 devices enable engineers who need raw logic density and I/O performance to get started on their projects today using the Xilinx ISE Design Suite 11.4. According to Xilinx, Virtex-6 LX760 is the largest FPGA available for delivery with immediate design tool support. The Virtex-6 LX760 device offers more than two and a half times the density of the largest Virtex-5 device.
The latest version of Altium Designer now includes complete support for the Xilinx Spartan-6 device family. As Xilinx devices have evolved, so too has Altium Designer, enabling electronics designers, with little knowledge of FPGAs, to harness the capabilities found in the new 45nm Spartan-6 FPGA family. The Spartan-6 FPGAs offer an optimal balance of low risk, low cost, and low power for cost-sensitive applications, while featuring an intelligent mix of hard IP and programmability for greater integration, such as 3.125 Gb/s transceivers and integrated PCI Express endpoint blocks.
Altera introduced the Stratix IV E FPGA Development Kit. The kit provides engineers with a design environment that includes the hardware and software needed to immediately begin prototyping high-density designs. The Stratix IV E FPGA Development Kit features the Stratix IV EP4SE530 FPGA. The Stratix IV E FPGA Development Kit is the first kit available to feature an FPGA interfacing with a 533-MHz DDR3 DIMM. Using this kit, designers can develop and test memory subsystems consisting of DDR3 DIMMs, QDR II+, and RLDRAM II memory interfaces. The Altera Stratix IV E FPGA Development Kit is available now and is priced at $9,995.
Altera introduced the Cyclone IV FPGA family. The Cyclone IV FPGA family supports mainstream serial protocols while offering low cost, low power, and a rich supply of logic, memory and DSP capabilities. The EP4CGX15 and EP4C115E, the first Cyclone IV GX and Cyclone IV E devices respectively, will ship in the first quarter of 2010. Budgetary pricing for the smallest devices, the EP4CE6 and the EP4CGX15, will start as low as $3 and $6 respectively for 250K unit quantities in 2010. the FPGAs are ideal for high-volume, cost-sensitive applications.