Synopsys Synplify software accelerates FPGA design for high-reliability, safety-critical applications

Oct. 20, 2015
MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif., 20 Oct. 2015. Synopsys Inc. (Nasdaq:SNPS) is introducing its Synplify Pro and Synplify Premier field-programmable gate array (FPGA) synthesis software tools designed to help accelerate the design of FPGAs for high-reliability and safety-critical applications in harsh and high-radiation environments.

MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif., 20 Oct. 2015. Synopsys Inc. (Nasdaq:SNPS) is introducing its Synplify Pro and Synplify Premier field-programmable gate array (FPGA) synthesis software tools designed to help accelerate the design of FPGAs for high-reliability and safety-critical applications in harsh and high-radiation environments.

The software tools boast new multiprocessing technology that accelerates runtime by up to 3X compared to the previous generation and physically-aware advanced synthesis to increase timing quality of results (QoR) by up to 10 percent, officials say. This new technology enables automatic integration of IP from multiple sources allowing designers to utilize the optimal FPGA device for their product. Enhancements to accelerate development of fault-tolerant systems, utilizing enhanced support for triple module redundancy (TMR), safe and fault-tolerant finite state machine (FSM), and error monitoring and handling.

Synplify's new multiprocessing technology enables the use of a single software license to automatically compile designs utilizing multiple cores on an individual machine or distributed to many machines. In addition, support for physically-aware advanced synthesis, which utilizes placement-aware optimizations within the designer's existing logic synthesis flow, improves timing QoR by up to 10 percent compared to the previous logic synthesis method in the Synplify tool. Synplify's runtime advancements enable faster implementation of complex FPGAs and deliver instant productivity to prototyping teams building their own FPGA-based prototyping flow, according to company officials.

"Our customers are developing increasingly complex systems and require tools that help them complete their designs faster," says Alex Grbic, senior director of marketing for software, DSP and IP at Altera. "The latest runtime and physically-aware advanced synthesis capabilities in Synopsys' Synplify software tools, combined with the fast runtimes of Altera's Quartus II software provide our mutual customers with a faster path to completing designs using Arria 10 FPGAs and SoCs."

The increasing complexity of FPGA devices creates a challenge for designers integrating IP from multiple sources. Synplify has been enhanced with automated IP import capabilities and support for reading IEEE P1735 encrypted IP, enabling designers to quickly incorporate a broad range of internally developed, third party and FPGA vendor IP into their systems with less effort and lower risk.

"We have been working closely with Synopsys for many years to ensure the seamless integration between Synplify and the Vivado Design Suite for customers using our FPGAs," explains Tom Feist, senior marketing director of design methodology at Xilinx. "In particular, the new IEEE P1735 encryption support offered in the latest Synplify release has greatly helped our customers accelerate the integration of Xilinx IP into our UltraScale FPGAs."

Synplify Premier software automatically builds in fault tolerance and error mitigation to help FPGA designers create products that mandate highly reliable operation. Synplify Premier automates the process of creating circuitry using a combination of advanced features, which greatly accelerates productivity beyond manual implementation. These features include selective triple modular redundancy (TMR), fault-tolerant error correcting code (ECC) memory inference and the creation of finite state machine (FSM) utilizing Hamming-3 encoding for detection and correction of radiation-induced soft errors.

"As FPGAs increase in complexity, the need for synthesis tools that provide fast design turnaround time, increased performance, and highly reliable operation are essential for FPGA designers," says John Koeter, vice president of marketing for IP and prototyping at Synopsys. "The new features in Synplify significantly accelerate FPGA-based product designs, enabling the design of large-scale FPGAs with the smallest area and highest performance, while also providing immediate benefit to prototyping teams building their own FPGA-based prototyping flow."

The latest release of the Synplify Pro and Synplify Premier synthesis software is available now. Customers with a current maintenance agreement can download this new version from Synopsys using their SolvNet account.

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