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Altium Designer simplifies third-party FPGA core integration

22 August 2007 Design Automation

Altium has added support for the direct import of FPGA cores generated by third-party applications to its Altium Designer unified electronic product development system. Altium claims that this new tool makes the creation and import of highly optimised, device-specific custom FPGA cores from device vendor tools such as Xilinx's Core Generator and Altera's Megafunction Wizard easy and efficient, and significantly enhances the ability of FPGA developers to take full advantage of the high-level design capabilities of Altium Designer to accelerate system development.

Altium Designer's new FPGA Third-Party Core Import Wizard is said to eliminate the challenges associated with bringing in third-party cores, which is a complex, multistep task for developers. This new time-saving feature guides users through the process and automatically handles the accurate transfer of all the necessary information. The Wizard intelligently imports the required files, updates the target project structure and gives developers additional options for creating schematic library components or sheet symbols representing the imported core. This allows developers to simply place the imported FPGA core directly into their design.

Altium Designer is said to be unique in that it is the industry's only electronic product development system that unifies hardware, software and programmable hardware design within a single design environment. This system-level unification of electronics design flows allows engineers to make full use of the potential of high-capacity programmable devices as an embedded systems development platform and approach design in an entirely new way. The 'soft' design methodology enabled by Altium Designer gives engineers the tools to create more intelligent products faster and allows system functionality to remain easily updateable and changeable throughout the development process.



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