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This is the knowledge database of the HES-SO Valais Wallis Institute of Systems Engineering Infotronics Unit. It's the place to share experiences, findings, how-to's and everything else about HDL, Telecom, Embedded Systems and related topics.

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24 April 2013

Xilinx ISE 14.5 is now available on guo's Software Server

  • IP updates
  • further Device Support for Virtex-7, Zynq-7000 and Defenense-Grade Kintex-7Q, Virtex-7Q

Model-/QuestaSim 10.0f is now available on guo's Software Server

This update brings following new features to the 10.0 release:

  • Improved GUI performance – Improved structure window and objects window
  • VHDL Improvements - Support for significant portions of VHDL 2008 and Preservation

of user case in identifiers

  • New advanced debug features including schematic view debug and automatic causality


  • Improved WLF debugging and new Code Coverage Analysis Pane

Synplify 2013.3 is now available on guo's Software Server

  • Improved Altera and Xilinx Vivado support
  • New Microsemi SmartFusion2 Device
  • Expanded SystemVerilog Support
  • Improved Physical Plus for Xilinx devices

The IEEE Std 1800-2012 a.k.a. SystemVerilog is available for download

The 31 new features, 60 clarifications and 71 corrections of the standard include:

  • Multiple inheritance !
  • Soft constraints
  • Uniqueness constraints
  • A different global clock can be defined for each hierarchy scope

More infos here

UIT Wiki Presentation

The presentation slides can be downloaded here.

After 7 years of development, Qt 5.0, centered around Qt Quick with the full capabilities of OpenGL/OpenGL ES, has been released.

Note: due to problems with QtWebkit there are no official MinGW builds yet, but a patch is previewed before end of January 2013

  • Faster GUI with QML and QtQuick with special focus on low cost HW environments (mobile, embedded).
  • Built-in OpenGL (ES) support
  • Webkit and HTML5
  • Easy porting from Qt

Microsemi revealed the new SmartFusion®2 SoC

  • 5K - 120K LUTs, 190k - 4.5Mbit RAM, 11 -240 Math (DSP) blocks
  • 166 MHz ARM® Cortex™-M3 microprocessor with 8Kbyte Instruction Cache
    • connects to USB 2.0 HS OTG, CAN, SPI, I2C and Gigabit Ethernet
  • static power 10mW during operation on the 50K LUT device
  • 0 - 16 5Gbps SERDES, PCIe, XAUI / XGXS+ Native SERDES
  • Hard 800 mbps DDR2/3 controllers with SECDED (aka ECC or EDAC) protection
  • but no more DAC/ADC
  • samples available now, first production silicon slated for early 2013

HDL-Designer 2012.1 has been released

  • several bugfixes
  • new license format

UVM 1.1b

This bugfix release is available for download now.

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