Design Automation


Software boosts performance by more than 30%

24 January 2001 Design Automation

Altera's latest version of the Quartus development software, Version 2000.09, features the new PowerFit fitter technology. According to the company, this delivers higher design performance (fMAX), reduced compile times and improved fitting. The PowerFit fitter uses advanced fitting algorithms to provide a median fMAX performance improvement of more than 30% and one-and-a-half to three times faster compile times for designs targeting large APEX 20KE devices. The PowerFit fitter also provides improved fitting capability for designs targeting these high-density devices.

"PLD designers require pushbutton performance and more productive design tools," said David Greenfield, Altera Director of Development Tools Marketing. "This latest release meets the challenge of designing for multimillion gate devices, by significantly elevating design performance and shortening design cycles for our customers."

Additional enhancements

Quartus software, version 2000.09, includes timing analysis enhancements and improved assignment capability. The enhanced timing analyser enables designers to more accurately analyse circuits including complex clock structures and enables designers to better specify multicycle path relationships; this development clearly enhances the design verification process. Version 2000.09 also facilitates the use of encrypted IP MegaCore functions through third party synthesis tools and provides an enhanced and simplified installation flow for Unix-based platforms.

For further information contact Petrus van Heerden, Parsec Components, (012) 349 2282.





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