The FPGA-based embedded system design flow provides many benefits to system developers, as well as new challenges. Chief among the benefits are accelerated design flows that allow you to move quickly from the design and testing cycles to marketing and selling. With this accelerated flow, it is more important than ever that the hardware and software designs are in sync throughout the entire engineering design cycle.

Accelerated Technology, A Mentor Graphics Division, has developed a version of its Nucleus embedded software suite that integrates with the Xilinx® Embedded Development Kit (EDK). This provides a tight integration of software systems in the FPGA embedded systems design flow. EDK is based on a data-driven code base that makes it extensible and open. By leveraging this functionality, Nucleus software is able to achieve a level of integration into the FPGA-based embedded system design flow that was previously not possible.

Reprinted with permission from Xcell Journal / Fourth Quarter 2005. Article © Xcell Journal.