An integrated design environment for FPGAs

Actel Corporation has introduced Libero, its next-generation integrated design environment for field-programmable gate array (FPGA) development and design.

At the Las Vegas Design Automation Conference, Actel Corporation has introduced Libero, its next-generation integrated design environment for field-programmable gate array (FPGA) development and design.

Libero integrates industry-leading design tools and streamlines the design flow; manages all design, run and report files; and passes necessary design data between tools.

Libero includes tools such as Innoveda’s DxViewDraw schematic capture tool; SynaptiCAD’s WaveFormer Lite test bench generation system; Model Technology’s ModelSim simulation and design verification software; Synplicity’s Synplify 6.2 synthesis software; and Actel’s Designer Series place-and-route software and Silicon Explorer verification and logic analyzer tool.

The Libero tool suite is available in three versions: Platinum, Gold and Silver. Actel’s Libero Platinum is a complete tool suite solution with unlimited design capacity and customer support. For users designing system-level devices of 50,000 gates or less, Actel offers support with its Libero Gold version. Libero Silver offers tool support from entry to programming for Actel devices of 10,000 gates or less, including Actel’s eX family and the ProASIC A500K050. Libero Silver does not include simulation, but designers may use their own simulator without restrictions or compatibility problems.

For current customers, Actel will continue to support its DeskTOP tools for an additional 15 months. Additionally, the company offers a migration path option from Actel’s DeskTOP tools to the Libero tool suite at no charge to customers on maintenance.

Libero Platinum is priced at $2,495 with maintenance of $1,996 per year. Libero Gold is priced at $995 with maintenance of $796 per year. Libero Silver will be offered at no charge to qualified designers for one year.

A Libero Platinum evaluation version may be used for 45 days free of charge. It includes all the integrated tools, functionality and power of Platinum without the programming capability.

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