New Static Timing Analysis Engine and Expanded Third-Party Support Enable Designers to Meet Timing Closure and Achieve Higher Performance
MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif., July 11 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Detailing significant new functionality for design analysis and timing closure, Actel Corporation (Nasdaq: ACTL) today introduced its Libero version 6.2 Integrated Design Environment (IDE), which integrates best-in-class design tools to enable field-programmable gate array (FPGA) designers to achieve the highest results in terms of quality, efficiency and functionality. With Libero 6.2, Actel unveils its new SmartTime static timing analysis environment, enabling customers to analyze and manage timing constraints, perform advanced timing verification, and ensure predictable timing closure through a tight integration with timing-driven place and route. In this edition of Libero, Actel and Mentor have extended their partnership to provide Mentor Graphics' world-class ModelSim AE simulation as an integral part of the Libero "Gold" package, which is now available to all Actel customers free of charge. In addition, the Libero 6.2 IDE includes enhanced synthesis capabilities from Synplicity and physical synthesis features from Magma Design Automation. Further, Libero now runs on Linux and Solaris platforms.
"With our internally engineered tools and third-party EDA solutions, Actel combines the best of both worlds to deliver new environments and methodologies that help users meet their design objectives easily and in a timely manner," said Saloni Howard-Sarin, director of antifuse and tools marketing at Actel. "This new version of our Libero IDE includes significant new functionality for design analysis and timing closure. Users are able to apply constraints to their designs, manage and analyze the effects of those constraints, and drive their designs efficiently to timing closure, while achieving higher performance."
SmartTime Static Timing Analysis Engine
SmartTime is a powerful new multi-view product developed by Actel to help designers perform detailed timing analysis and quickly determine the steps necessary to achieve design closure. The SmartTime Constraints Editor view enables users to list, edit and create precise timing constraints. It includes a graphical user interface with visual dialogs that guide users toward capturing their timing requirements and timing exceptions correctly. Another view, the SmartTime Analyzer, allows designers to perform per-clock-domain minimum and maximum timing analysis, and provides inter-clock domain analysis capabilities. The tool simplifies the analysis process by enabling designers to track paths with timing violations quickly. Designers can then directly set specific timing exceptions on the violating paths to tighten or relax the requirements and quickly iterate toward timing closure. More information on SmartTime and Libero IDE 6.2 is available at http://www.actel.com .
Actel and Mentor Deliver Unprecedented Value
Mentor Graphics' ModelSim is a leading Windows-based simulator for VHDL, Verilog or mixed-language simulation environments. The integrated ModelSim verification and debug environment, which helps designers locate bugs faster, is being offered with unlimited availability to all Actel customers for the first time.
"Actel is delivering unprecedented value by integrating our world-class ModelSim solution within the baseline Libero 6.2 Integrated Design Environment," stated John Lenyo, director of product marketing for ModelSim at Mentor Graphics. "Actel's customers can get started quickly with our intuitive GUI, which makes it easy to view and access the powerful capabilities that combine high performance with ease of use."
Enhanced Third-party Tool Support
Synplicity's industry-leading Synplify FPGA synthesis software offers a new capability to forward annotate Synopsys Design Constraints (SDC) and physical constraints, enabling the Libero 6.2 IDE to import user-defined constraints automatically then manage, track and pass them forward to design implementation, enabling designers to meet timing closure rapidly. In addition, the software now includes critical path resynthesis to improve quality of results (QoR) for designs based on Actel's Axcelerator family of FPGAs.
"We have maintained an exceptionally strong relationship with Actel over the years, and we're proud of our track record of delivering consistently improving tools for productivity and quality of results to our mutual customers," said Jeff Garrison, director of marketing for FPGA products at Synplicity. "As a key component of the Libero IDE, the Synplify software will give our joint customers confidence that they can push the performance of advanced FPGAs like Axcelerator and still comfortably meet their time-to-market objectives."
Magma Design Automation's PALACE physical synthesis software now also provides support for Actel's Axcelerator family. The fully automated PALACE software features advanced technologies such as multi-clock retiming, architecture-specific mapping, and constraint-driven and placement-guided optimization.
"Our fully automated PALACE software tool provides at least a one speed-grade performance advantage over other PLD synthesis tools on the market," stated Behrooz Zahiri, director of marketing at Magma Design Automation. "Designers using our PALACE tool with their Actel Axcelerator-based designs can expect to see at least a ten-percent improvement in speed, allowing users to maximize performance or drop to a lower speed-grade device to save costs, while still meeting performance goals."
Pricing and Availability
The Actel Libero 6.2 IDE is available in a Platinum edition on Windows and Unix platforms, which sell for $2495 and $4995 respectively. Libero 6.2 IDE is available also on Windows in a Gold edition, which is free. All editions are one-year renewable licenses. For further information about pricing and availability, please contact Actel.
About the Libero Integrated Design Environment
Actel's Libero 6.2 IDE offers best-in-class tools from EDA leaders, such as Magma, Mentor Graphics, SynaptiCAD and Synplicity, and custom-developed tools from Actel integrated into a single FPGA development package. The Libero tool suite supports mixed-mode design entry input, giving designers the choice of mixing either high-level VHDL or Verilog HDL language blocks with schematic modules in a design.
Actel Corporation is a supplier of innovative programmable logic solutions, including field-programmable gate arrays (FPGAs) based on antifuse and flash technologies, high-performance intellectual property (IP) cores, software development tools and design services, targeted for the high-speed communications, application-specific integrated circuit (ASIC) replacement and radiation-tolerant markets. Founded in 1985, Actel employs more than 500 people worldwide. The Company is traded on the Nasdaq National Market under the symbol ACTL and is headquartered at 2061 Stierlin Court, Mountain View, CA, 94043-4655. Telephone: 888-99-ACTEL (992-2835). Internet: http://www.actel.com .
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