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Xilinx is a leading provider of FPGA (Field Programmable Gate Arrays) devices, and provide a comprehensive suite of development tools for FPGA design and development.
The latest Xilinx Xirtex-7 devices (pictured right), are built on a 28nm process and provide up to 2M logic cells, integrated Block RAM, dedicated DSP blocks, multiple gigabit transceivers, x8 PCIe.
Read more about the latest Xilinx devices on the Xilinx webpages
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Xilinx Vivado Design Suite: System Edtion and ISE System Edition can be downloaded directly from the Xilinx website:
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EUROPRACTICE site representatives can generate licenses directly from the Xilinx licensing website:
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Site Reps can also delegate responsibility for managing license from the licensing website by adding additional staff as license administrators.
Vivado Design Suite: System Edtion 2013 and ISE 14
Vivado was developed from the ground up to improve performance and usability, in particular for large modern FPGA designs. Vivado supports the latest Series 7 Xilinx devices (Virtex, Kintex, Artix) only.
Vivado is recommended for new designs using these devices.
Also included is the Vivado HLS tool, which provides high level synthesis from C/C++/SystemC for series 7 Xilinx devices.
Users requiring support for older Xilinx devices can continue to use ISE indefinitely with current Europractice licenses.
Vivado Design Suite: System EdtionVivado is an Integrated Development Environment for Xilinx FPGA design. It supports core functionality including Simulation, Synthesis, Place and Route, and adds additional tools and features including Vivado High Level Synthesis (previously AutoESL), Power Optimization, ECO, and supports an incremental flow. Vivado also includes PlanAhead, ChipScope and Embedded Development tools (EDK and SDK).
|Vivado HLS||Previously known as AutoESL, Vivado HLS is a High Level Synthesis tool, allowing synthesis of C/C++/SystemC to RTL.|
|PlanAhead||PlanAhead provides IO pin planning, floor planning and design analysis for complex and high performance FPGA designs.|
|ChipScope Pro||ChipScope allows on-chip debug by providing visibility of internal FPGA signals, including embedded processor buses, for real time verification of FPGA designs.
ChipScope Pro is also compatible with logic analyser hardware from Agilent.
|EDK||EDK is a development environment for hardware/software co-design based around the PowerPC and MicroBlaze processor cores. A license for the 32-Bit MicroBlaze soft IP is also included as part of this package, which can be used with all Xilinx FPGA families.|
|System Generator||System Generator enables designers to develop high-performance DSP systems for Xilinx FPGAs using MATLAB and Simulink. System Generator, through Simulink, provides a graphical modelling environment for generation of bit-accurate models of FPGA circuits, and automatically generates synthesizable Hardware Description Language (HDL) code. A library of IP for use in Simulink is included with System Generator.|
Xilinx ISE System Edition packageISE System Edition contains a complete suite of FPGA development tools comprising design capture, synthesis, verification and implementation. It includes PlanAhead for IO pin planning, floor planning and design analysis, ChipScope Pro for on-chip debug, EDK and SDK for Embedded development, and System Generator, allowing generation of RTL from DSP designs using MATLAB and Simulink.
Partial reconfiguration capability is included in the Xilinx System Edition tools, but requires an additional license to enable it.
Partial Reconfiguration licenses are available via donation (free of charge).
If you would like to make a request for Partial Reconfiguration licenses, please contact the Microelectronics Support Centre MicroelectronicsCentre@stfc.ac.uk
Zynq Virtual Platform
The same code used on the Virtual Target can be run directly on physical hardware without retargeting.
Virtual Platforms allow:
- Interactive software debug and verification
- Complete system visibility and control
- Enhanced fault injection and metric driven verification
The Zynq Virtual Platform is included with the Cadence Virtual System Platform (VSP) tool. VSP is available through Europractice in the full Cadence IC package, or the Cadence TLM package. The Zynq VP also requires the Imperas simulation tool, M*SIM.
For more information on the Zynq Virtual Platform, please see the Europractice Cadence webpage, and the Europractice Imperas webpage.
The ZedBoard is a low-cost development board for the Xilinx Zynq-7000. The board is based on the XC7Z020-CLG484 which combines FPGA fabric with a dual core ARM Cortex A9 processor The Zedboard comes with a 4 GB SD card, and boots Linux out of the box.
Resources on the board include: 512 MB DDR3 memory; 256 Mb Quad SPI Flash; 4 GB SD Card Included; 10/100/1000 Ethernet; USB OTG (Device/Host/OTG); USB UART; HDMI, VGA out; 128 x 32 OLED; 9 LEDs; 8 Dipswitches; 7 Push buttons.
For further information on hardware, please contact the Microelectronics Support Centre MicroelectronicsCentre@stfc.ac.uk
Please note that the EUROPRACTICE Software Service aims to maintain a small stock of these boards for shipment on receipt of order. Sites ordering these boards should receive them ahead of any software being ordered.
Xilinx licenses are generated by the EUROPRACTICE site representative, or authorized user, through the Xilinx website. The site representative/authorized user can generate floating or node-locked license files as required from the pool of unallocated seats. It is not necessary to specify the type of license (floating/node locked) required when placing an order, only the number of seats required.
Please go to Generate Xilinx Licenses to manage your licenses.
The EUROPRACTICE Software Service place bulk orders with Vendors monthly. In order to be included on the monthly order, Institute orders to EUROPRACTICE must be received at RAL by no later than the 25th day of each month.
Detailed instructions on how to place a EUROPRACTICE software order, how to complete the order forms and the financial procedures that must be followed are given in the Software Order Procedures.
- Europractice Xilinx Software and Hardware Order Form for Academic Institutes
- Europractice Xilinx Software and Hardware Order Form for Research Laboratories
- Europractice Xilinx Hardware and Software price list
- Europractice Xilinx Maintenance price list
- Europractice Software Order Procedures
Europractice supported Software Versions and Operating Systems
|The EUROPRACTICE Software Service is managed by the Microelectronics Support Centre, Rutherford Appleton Laboratory, UK.
You can contact the EUROPRACTICE Software Service by email: MicroelectronicsCentre@stfc.ac.uk
Last modified: January 17, 2014