At the TERATEC 2015 Forum, BittWare announced the release of its FPGA Development Kit (FDK) for Altera FPGA boards. The kit provides FPGA board support IP and integration for BittWare's Altera FPGA-based boards. Built with Altera's Qsys system integration tool, the FDK is a library of FPGA components that includes preconfigured physical interfaces, infrastructure and examples.
The kit drastically cuts development time and can be easily integrated into existing FPGA development environments. By providing the underlying infrastructure for FPGA development, the FDK allows customers focus on developing their processing components rather than on the infrastructure around it.
The kit includes many resources that ease integration on BittWare's Altera FPGA boards. Working example projects for each supported board illustrate how to move data between the board's different interfaces. Board-level projects provide complete board I/O and timing constraints; and an IP Discovery ROM with each FPGA load provides an address map of the design, which simplifies simulation and host software development. ModelSim simulations and reference designs are also included. The FDK is well integrated with BittWare's BittWorks II system development software and includes the complete source code for customisation.
"Our FDK is an essential piece to working with the FPGA on our boards and can reduce development effort by months. The extensive component and project library with pre-configured physical interfaces and examples allow our customers to get an FPGA project running on a BittWare board with minimal effort," said Chad Hamilton, Vice President of IP, Software & Customer Support, BittWare. "We've developed it to fit into our customers' existing FPGA development process, so they can begin using their BittWare board without the learning curve of adopting a new methodology."