EDA Tools

  • Jean-Pierre Deschamps
  • Gustavo D. Sutter
  • Enrique Cantó
Part of the Lecture Notes in Electrical Engineering book series (LNEE, volume 149)


The Electronic Design Automation (EDA), is a group of software tools for designing electronic systems such as integrated circuit (ASICs), printed circuit boards (PCBs), or reprogrammable hardware as FPGA, etc. The general ideas of EDA tools and the particular for FPGA designs will be discussed in this section. Typically these tools work in a design flow that hardware and system designers use to design and analyze entire system behavior. This chapter explains the main concepts related to the EDA tools and presents an example using Xilinx ISE and Altera Quartus tools.


Design Flow Hardware Description Language Post Place Intellectual Property Core FPGA Design 
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    Altera corp (2009) AN 307: Altera design flow for Xilinx users.
  2. 2.
    Altera corp (2011a) Altera quartus II software environment.
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    Altera corp (2011b) Design and synthesis. In: Quartus II integrated synthesis, quartus II handbook version 11.0, vol 1.
  4. 4.
    Mentor Graphics (2011) Mentor precision synthesis reference manual 2011a.
  5. 5.
    Microsemi SoC Products Group (2010) Libero integrated design environment (IDE) v9.1.
  6. 6.
    Synopsys (2011) Synopsys FPGA synthesis user guide (Synplify, Synplify Pro, or Synplify Premier).
  7. 7.
    Xilinx inc (2011a) Xilinx ISE (Integrated Integrated software environment) design suite.
  8. 8.
    Xilinx inc (2011b) XST (Xilinx Synthesis Technology) user guide, UG687 (v 13.1).

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Jean-Pierre Deschamps
    • 1
  • Gustavo D. Sutter
    • 2
  • Enrique Cantó
    • 1
  1. 1.University Rovira i VirgiliTarragonaSpain
  2. 2.School of Computer EngineeringUniversidad Autonoma de MadridMadridSpain

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