Xilinx, Inc. (NASDAQ:XLNX) today announced public access support for 16nm UltraScale+™ families, including the Vivado® Design Suite HLx Editions, embedded software development tools, Xilinx Power Estimator, and technical documentation for Zynq® UltraScale+ MPSoC and Kintex® UltraScale+ devices. Designers can now validate the UltraScale+ portfolio's 2-5X performance/watt improvement over 28nm offerings for their specific designs. This announcement marks the industry's first publicly available tools for 16nm devices, enabling broad market adoption. The Vivado Design Suite has been co-optimized to fully exploit the UltraScale+ portfolio's performance/watt advantages and the complete catalog of SmartCORE™ and LogiCORE™ IP. This announcement follows previous UltraScale+ portfolio milestones, including first tape out and early access tools in July 2015, and first customer shipment in September 2015.
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"As the industry's only supplier of public tools and documentation for 16nm programmable devices, we are accelerating mainstream adoption of the most advanced SoCs and FPGAs available today," said Kirk Saban, senior director of FPGA and SoC product management and marketing. "All customers can now validate the superior performance/watt advantages of the UltraScale+ portfolio for their next generation applications."