Version 8.0 Software Helps Build High Speed, Robust, Double Data Rate Interfaces
HILLSBORO, OR, Nov 10, 2009 -- Lattice Semiconductor Corporation (NASDAQ: LSCC) today announced Version 8.0 of its ispLEVER(R) FPGA design tool suite, which includes many enhancements for the design of high speed double data rate (DDR) interfaces for the LatticeECP3(TM) FPGA family. These enhancements include automatic interface code generation to increase design productivity and reduce coding errors, as well as enhanced timing analysis that provides more transparency to circuit timing details.
"Although our ECP3 FPGA family probably is best known for its low power and SERDES capability, it also provides very advanced support for high performance DDR interfaces. Designers can now use ispLEVER 8.0 software to build and validate high speed, robust DDR interfaces more quickly," said Mike Kendrick, Lattice's Manager of Software Product Planning.
Enhanced LatticeECP3 Support for High Speed DDR Interfaces
The IPexpress(TM) tool now can generate the HDL for the most appropriate generic DDR interface based on user requirements such as direction, speed and bus width. This HDL has been specifically designed and validated for high performance, robust operation. For the ECP3 family, certain DDR interfaces can now be implemented with much higher pin layout flexibility.
Since an important part of robust DDR interface operation is a clean transfer between the IO and fabric clock domains, the Trace static timing analysis report has been enhanced to include a "Timing Rule Check" section that specifically analyzes these clock domain transfers. This is done automatically and does not require users to define additional timing constraints.
The IPexpress tool can now also optionally generate the complete I/O-specific circuitry for proprietary DDR memory interfaces, allowing designers to focus solely on the controller logic of their DDR1 and DDR2 DRAM interfaces.
Improved Runtime Performance
Continuous improvement and innovation in place and route algorithms enable ispLEVER 8.0 software to complete large, congested designs 30% faster than with the previous ispLEVER 7.2 SP2 release.
Enhanced Support for the Open Source LatticeMico32 Microprocessor Solution
Lattice continues to enhance and expand support for the innovative open source 32-bit RISC LatticeMico32(TM) ecosystem. The GNU compiler (GCC) has been upgraded to Version 4.3.0, which enables higher system performance and more flexible code deployment options. The Tri-speed MAC IP can now be interconnected into higher throughput configurations. The component library now includes a Dual Port on-chip memory to enable high speed information passing between Wishbone bus masters, and an enhanced SPI Flash Controller allows both read and write access.
About the ispLEVER Design Tool Suite
The ispLEVER design tool suite is the flagship design environment for the latest Lattice FPGA products. It provides a complete set of powerful tools for all design tasks, including project management, IP integration, design planning, place and route, in-system logic analysis and more. Version 8.0 of the ispLEVER software adds support for Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5.3. Synopsys' Synplify Pro advanced FPGA synthesis is included for all operating systems supported, and Aldec's Active-HDL Lattice Edition simulator is included for Windows. The ispLEVER 8.0 software also comes bundled with the LatticeMico32 System and ispLEVER Classic, as well as with the PAC-Designer(R) tools that target mixed signal design. The ispLEVER tool suite is provided on DVD for Windows, UNIX or Linux platforms.
Third Party Tool Support
In addition to the tool support for Lattice devices provided by the OEM versions of Synplify Pro and Active-HDL, which are included in the ispLEVER tool suite, Lattice devices are also supported by the full versions of Synopsys Synplify Pro and Aldec Active-HDL. Mentor Graphics ModelSim SE and Precision RTL synthesis also support the latest Lattice devices, such as the LatticeECP3 family.
Pricing and Availability
The ispLEVER 8.0 tool suite for Windows, LINUX and UNIX users is available immediately without charge for customers with active design tool maintenance contracts. Pricing for the full ispLEVER design tool suite starts at $1,295 for the Windows version.
About Lattice Semiconductor
Lattice is the source for innovative FPGA, PLD, programmable Power Management and Clock Management solutions. For more information, visit www.latticesemi.com