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Xilinx today announced the 2016.1 release of the Vivado Design Suite HLx Editions, with extensions to the SmartConnect technology, delivering unprecedented levels of performance for the UltraScale™ and UltraScale+ device portfolios. In the 2016.1 release, Vivado Design Suite includes extensions to the SmartConnect technology, solving the system interconnect bottlenecks on high density, multi-million system logic cell designs. As a result, both UltraScale and UltraScale+ device portfolios now deliver an additional 20-30% performance at high utilization.

The Xilinx UltraScale+ portfolio is the only FinFET based programmable technology available in the industry. It includes Zynq®, Kintex®, and Virtex® UltraScale+ devices, and delivers 2-5X performance/watt improvement over 28nm offerings, enabling market-leading applications such as 5G wireless, software-defined networks and next-generation advanced driver-assistance systems.

The Xilinx SmartConnect technology includes a system interconnect IP, as well as new optimizations enabled by the UltraScale+ silicon innovations:
· The AXI SmartConnect IP: Xilinx’s new system connectivity generator, integrating peripherals to the user design. SmartConnect creates a custom interconnect that best matches the user’s system performance requirements, thereby achieving higher system throughput at a lower area and power footprint. The AXI SmartConnect IP is available in Early Access via Vivado IP Integrator in the 2016.1 release of the Vivado Design Suite.
· Time borrowing and useful skew optimization: These optimizations are enabled by the new UltraScale+ fine-grain clock delay insertion capability. These fully automated features mitigate large wire delays and deliver designs running at higher clock frequencies, by shifting available timing slack from the fastest paths to the critical paths of the design.
· Pipeline analysis and retiming: These techniques allows designers to further increase performance, by adding extra pipeline stages in the design and applying automatic register retiming optimization.

Availability
The Vivado Design Suite HLx Editions and embedded software development tools 2016.1 release are now available for download. To learn more about Xilinx software development environments visit the Xilinx Software Developer Zone. To learn more about SmartConnect technology, download the backgrounder and visit www.xilinx.com/smartconnect .

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