This week (June 28) Lattice released a new design and implementation software package called “Diamond.” Diamond features a complete modernization of the GUI, which means new and old customers will be able to design with our products more quickly, more efficiently and with better results.
For those familiar with designing using ispLEVER tools, making the upgrade to Diamond is easy; in fact, you will find a number of the backend engines like MAP, PAR, and TRACE are based on those found in ispLEVER 8.1. The modern GUI features direct task navigation, centralized reports and summary, extensive cross-probing, and integrated NCD Editor and Programmer. The Diamond tool continues to bundle the popular third party tools Synopsys Synplify Pro and Aldec ActiveHDL.
Some of the new advanced features found in Diamond include Implementations and Strategies, integrated HDL checking, Run Manager, expanded TCL support, and expanded OS support. One of my favorite new features is the new Timing Analysis tool, which is much easier and faster to use. The new Timing Analysis view offers an easy to use graphical environment for navigating timing information. Click on a constraint and see the timing paths, detailed paths, and path Floorplan/Physical views instantly. Easy visual cues, such as coloring constraints that fail in red, provide instant feedback on your design. A key new benefit in Timing Analysis view is rapidly updated analysis when timing constraints are changed. You no longer have to re-implement your design to re-run a TRACE report. Instead, change a timing constraint, click update in Timing Analysis and your analysis report is run directly.
Videos of the new Timing Analysis in action can be found at:
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