Tuesday, June 16, 2009

SP 2 Supports ECP3-70 And ECP-95 Devices

Lattice Semiconductor has introduced Service Pack 2 for Version 7.2 of its Isplever FPGA design-tool suite. SP2 is an important update for users of LatticeECP3 devices and also includes support for new LatticeXP2 devices. Mike Kendrick, manager of software-product planning at Lattice, said: 'This important update allows users of ECP3-70 and ECP-95 devices to design with even greater confidence that the board-level behaviour of their design, such as simultaneous-switching output noise (SSO), power and timing, will match what the tools report.

'SP2 also boosts DSP application performance in the LatticeECP3 devices.' Design support for the LatticeECP3 FPGA range was first made available in the Isplever 7.2 SP1 design tool suite. Service Pack 2 updates the device values to production-characterised silicon for the LatticeECP3-70 and ECP3-95 devices. With SP2, static timing analysis, power and SSO will report results that more accurately reflect the behaviour of the actual production device.

PCS/Serdes calibration settings used for the supported IO protocols have been tuned to provide more robust behaviour. The SysDSP block support has been enhanced to include higher performance modes of primitive blocks targeted at specific applications, such as FIR filters, decimators, interpolators, matrix multiplication and video applications. These modes are made possible by the enhanced cascade support in the LatticeECP3 devices' SysDSP architecture. Service Pack 2 also supports the industrial temperature qualified, non-volatile LatticeXP2 devices that are available now in low-cost, small-footprint BGA or QFP packaging.

The Isplever design-tool suite provides a set of powerful tools for all design tasks, including project management, IP integration, design planning, place and route, in-system logic analysis and more. The Isplever tool suite is provided on CD-ROM and DVD for Windows, Unix or Linux platforms. 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. 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. Precision RTL synthesis support for LatticeECP3 devices requires an update available from the Mentor Graphics website. The Isplever 7.2 Service Pack 2 tool suite for Windows, Linux and Unix users is available immediately without charge for customers with active design-tool maintenance contracts.

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