Xilinx releases free ISE WebPACK 9.2I
Xilinx Inc. has announced immediate availability of Integrated Software Environment (ISE) WebPACK 9.2I—the latest version of the company's free downloadable programmable logic design suite. The 9.2i version includes all the features and enhancements of Xilinx ISE Foundation 9.2i software with full support for optional embedded, DSP and real-time debug design flows. ISE WebPACK 9.2i software expands development options for FPGA designers with support for Microsoft Windows Vista. ISE WebPACK 9.2i is the only complete FPGA design suite offering a free, downloadable solution, with RTL simulation, for Microsoft Windows Vista as well as Microsoft Windows XP and Linux.
This latest release includes enhanced support for the company's leading 65nm Virtex-5 FPGAs with the addition of three new devices; the Virtex-5 LX30T, LX50, and LX50T. The 9.2i release also includes support for the company's latest high volume Spartan-3 generation FPGAs including the DSP optimized Spartan-3A DSP platform FPGA. In total, ISE WebPACK 9.2i provides support for ten additional Xilinx FPGAs.
With all the features of ISE Foundation Software ISE WebPACK 9.2I, the latest design suite offers all the features of the recently announced 9.2i ISE Foundation software including algorithmic improvements to reduce memory usage by an average of 27 percent. These memory reductions provide users with greater flexibility and allow designers to increase the size of targeted FPGAs. To simplify multi-rate DSP designs with a large number of clocks typically found in wireless and video applications, ISE 9.2i software features advancements in place and route and clock algorithms offering up to a 15 percent performance advantage.
ISE 9.2i software is powered by Xilinx SmartCompile technology, which cuts implementation runtimes by up to 6x while maintaining exact design preservation of unchanged logic. ISE SmartCompile Technology allows a wide range of designers to meet performance goals with greater certainty and reach design closure in less time.
ISE WebPACK 9.2i software is now available for free immediate download. Offering the most-complete zero-cost design environment to the company's rapidly growing base of over 300,000 FPGA and CPLD designers, ISE WebPACK 9.2i provides support for the CoolRunner-II family of CPLDs as well as select Spartan-3 Generation, Virtex-4 and Virtex-5 FPGA devices.
- Clive Maxfield
Programmable Logic DesignLine