Upgraded FPGA design tool boosts logic performance by 15%

The PlanAhead design and analysis tool that supports Virtex-4 platform and Spartan-3 FPGA families has been upgraded with several new features that enable engineers to find and fix problems even earlier in the design process than previous versions. The PlanAhead 7.1 tool’s enhancements include metric maps, gate-level floor planning, an intuitive user interface, and improved accuracy of timing analysis.