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C O V E R S T O RY Xilinx Unveils Vivado Design Suite for the Next Decade of ‘All Programmable’ Devices State-of-the-art EDA technologies and methods underlie a new tool suite that will radically improve design productivity and quality of results, allowing designers to create better systems faster and with fewer chips. by Mike Santarini Publisher, Xcell Journal Xilinx, Inc. fter four years of development and a year of beta testing, Xilinx is making its Vivado™ Design Suite available to customers via its early-access program, ahead of public access this summer. Vivado provides a highly integrated design environment with a completely new generation of system- to IClevel tools, all built on the backbone of a shared scalable data model and a common debug environment. It is also an open environment based on industry standards such as the AMBA® AXI4 interconnect, IP-XACT IP packaging metadata, the Tool Command Language (Tcl), Synopsys Design Constraints (SDC) and others that facilitate design flows tailored to the users’ needs. Xilinx architected the Vivado Design Suite to enable the combination of all types of programmable technologies and to scale up to 100 million ASIC equivalent-gate designs. A 8 Second Quarter 2012 Xcell Journal

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