Aldec Offers No-Cost Active-HDL Student Edition

Mixed VHDL/Verilog and SystemC Simulation Support with Direct Matlab/Simulink™

HENDERSON, Nev.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Aldec, Inc., a pioneer of mixed Hardware Description Language (HDL) simulation and advanced design tools for ASIC and FPGA devices, today announced the release of a new Student Edition of Active-HDL™ 7.2. The student edition of Aldec’s professional Electronic Design Automation (EDA) software tools will be available at no-cost from to all eligible students based on a one-year renewable term license. The product works on Windows and interfaces to all FPGA vendors synthesis and place/route tools providing a vendor independent design environment.

Graphical Design Entry and Mixed Simulation

The Student Edition of Active-HDL 7.2 includes a Hardware Description Language Editor
(HDE) for VHDL and Verilog languages, a Block Diagram Editor (BDE) and a Finite State
Machine (FSM) Editor. The BDE and FSM editors allow a student to visualize a logic circuit
by designing it graphically in a structural or behavioral format before targeted a
specific Hardware Description Language. Also included is Aldec’s industry proven mixed HDL
simulator technology that can simulate mixed VHDL and Verilog designs through the use of a
Testbench, written in VHDL, Verilog or SystemC code. The performance of the products
simulation is restricted and the list of all restrictions and feature limitations can be
found on Aldec’s website.

ESL Modeling Support

The Student Edition includes interfaces to both SystemC and the Mathworks’
Matlab/Simulink ESL modeling languages, allowing for co-simulation of designs developed in
these two languages together with VHDL and Verilog. This is an important opportunity for
the educational community seeking to link Software Engineers and Systems Engineers (using
C-based tools), DSP circuit designers (using C/C++ or Matlab/Simulink) and custom logic
circuit designers (using VHDL and Verilog) into one integrated environment.

About Aldec

Aldec, Inc., established in 1984, is committed to delivering high-performance, HDL-based design verification software for UNIX, Linux, Solaris and Windows platforms. Additional information on Aldec and all its products can be found at

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