QuickLogic drives eFPGA innovation with Aurora Development Tool Suite
QuickLogic Corporation has released a new version of its Aurora eFPGA Development Tool Suite. The Aurora 2.1 Development Tool Suite is based on a fully open-source implementation for scalability, longevity and full code transparency. It supports all major hardware description languages (HDLs) including Verilog, System Verilog, and VHDL.
The new version is based on open-source synthesis (Yosys), Versatile Place and Route (VPR), and bitstream generation (OpenFPGA) software. The fully integrated suite of tools enables FPGA designers to go from RTL-to-bitstream for QuickLogic’s eFPGA IP. The Aurora eFPGA user tools also support an architecture analysis mode, enabling users to tune the architecture for their application instead of being forced into a fixed-size tile approach.
The key benefits of Aurora are that it enables architectural trade-offs and ensures that the generated eFPGA IP has the optimal amount of logic (LUTs), BRAM, and DSP blocks to meet each customer’s eFPGA requirements.
Because Aurora is based on open source, the code is highly inspectable, enabling continuous improvement by the development community.
Its publicly auditable code leads to higher quality software and allows for the merit-based addition of features by the community, as well as the option to make enhancements that suit each customer’s needs.
Aurora uses readily available open-source components that the broader community is actively improving upon. With access to source code, the user has ultimate control of the future.
“QuickLogic remains committed to open source, and our new Aurora 2.1 Development Tool Suite underscores that mission,” said Mao Wang, senior director of product development at QuickLogic. “Now, SoC developers can combine the advantages of open-source tools with the dramatic flexibility benefits of embedding FPGA technology into their devices to improve device lifecycles and enhance profitability.”