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Today we are launching the "Team FED" blog. Similar to some of the other "Team" blogs here at Cadence, this will be focused on technical tips and tricks to help you get the most out of our products and methodologies. In our case, the focus is on Front-End Design, hence the "FED" moniker.
We have some great Applications Engineers lined up to regularly post items, you can get a glimpse at the Team FED profile page. And we will also have guest posters from time to time.
Please feel free to post comments in the blog posts to keep the discussions lively, or even to post suggestions for future topics.
And with that I will step out of the way and let the technical guys take over.
Jack EricksonProduct Marketing Director Cadence Front-End Design
With regards to the second tool you are asking for, you might want to look at Atrenta Genesis atrenta.com/.../1team_genesis.htm. I have not used it ... a friend at Atrenta pitched it to me over lunch at DAC last year. It might address what you are looking for or it might not.
I'd like to know what best practices people have found for entering VHDL at the RTL level. I haven't found any tools from Cadence to help with this, such as a state machine drawing to VHDL tool, or early design auto instantiation from an entity definition (cut and paste works, but the syntax is not identical. I'd also like to see the pin type added as a comment on the instantiation automatically by the tool). Another tool I'd like to see is one that would allow you to add a pin/signal through all levels of hierarchy automatically by specifying the top-level and final-level VHDL file/instance and the pin/signal name/type/size. This alone would save a LOT of time. Same thing goes for deleting pins/signals through a design hierarchy. Obviously these type of tools would have to be able to work with customer VHDL at any time during FED so we aren't locked into using the tools for everything.
Any FED improvements would be EXTREMELY welcome and there are probably TON's of ideas. Maybe there are even tools that others have written that they would be able to make open-source to help the community?