Tue, 11/23/2004 - 11:15am
Altium announced the release of LiveDesign evaluation kits that include an evaluation board with the choice of either an Altera Cyclone or Xilinx Spartan-3 FPGA device. LiveDesign takes advantage of high-performance FPGAs, and uses them as a reconfigurable implementation platform for digital circuitry during system development; effectively using them as a nano-level breadboard. LiveDesign provides an iterative "design-implementation-debug" process that facilitates interactive hardware/software co-design and utilizes an FPGA as the development and implementation platform. The reprogrammability of the development platform removes the need for system-level simulation and minimizes multiple prototype spins. During development the circuit can be probed, analyzed, and debugged interactively using FPGA-based virtual instruments.