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IP portal enables access to FPGA, FPASSP mapping tools

28 May 2014

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Chip Path Design Systems has announced the industry's first device-mapping tools and IP directory for FPGA front-end design with free and pay by credit card use models. Using only a web browser with no software installation required, the Chip Path portal and IP directory are freely accessible from anywhere in the world. Designers can now design, research, compare, and plug-and-play hundreds of IP blocks onto FPGA devices across multiple vendors.

Chip Path has aggregated 6,000 IP cores from over 400 vendors for use in FPGA mapping and estimation. The result is the ability to significantly reduce design costs and speed design time by providing technical and business information in one graphical and easy-to-use system.

The portal features devices from Altera Corp., Lattice Semiconductor Corp., Microsemi Corp. (Actel), Xilinx Inc., and Achronix. Over 29 FPGA families are supported, representing 430 bases with over 2,000 package combinations and more than 11,000 part numbers and speed grades. Real-time inventory and part number purchasing can be done directly from the website, linking distributors such as Arrow, Avnet, Digi-Key, Mouser, and others.


FPGA and FPASSP: Fast track from chip architecture to implementation

Chip Path has created a new paradigm in FPGA device mapping technology serving both FPGA and ASSP. To improve FPGA efficiency, the trend has been to hard diffuse large SoC-style blocks alongside the more expensive FPGA fabric. The FPASSP (Field Programmable ASSP) represents a hybrid of the flexibility of an FPGA with embedded ASSP hard-diffused partitions.

Using Chip Path's unique system, architects can design chips using semantic or placeholder IP, directly using vendor IP or their own internal IP to create, assemble, and test economic viability of their designs, reducing risk, cost, and time to market. Chip Path can map pure FPGA devices as well as those with complex SoC style partitions. Now entire systems can be efficiently mapped onto one die. Chip Path's FPASSP portal supports SmartFusion, SmartFusion 2, Zynq-7000, Arria V SE/SX, and Arria10 SE/SX.

The Chip Path Portal provides the industry's first worldwide subscription-based usage system using both free and advanced pay features with secure credit card processing. The self-service portal allows users to aggregate data on all available IP and FPGAs from vendors, removing problems associated with limited data access. Users are assured to receive the most accurate and competitive information available.


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