As hardware and software flows converge on the same embedded processor-based platform FPGAs, users are looking to retain their productivity through simplified, intuitive and interoperable tool environments. Xilinx Platform Studio (XPS) is a system-design IDE that supports open interfaces, making tool integration easy and painless. Embedded processor designs using Xilinx IP require XPS for platform assembly, configuration and implementation. However, many users also often use Precision® Synthesis or LeonardoSpectrum products to implement their custom IP blocks. This article outlines scenarios that allow users to easily integrate blocks implemented using Mentor Graphics® design tools with the rest of the processor design.

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