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Tabula Heads for the Cloud

Tabula announced the availability of its Stylus software supporting its ABAX family of 3D Programmable Logic Devices

February 16, 2011

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SANTA CLARA, Calif. -- Continuing its momentum innovating how programmable chips are applied to the communications, industrial, medical, test, and military/aerospace industries, Tabula, Inc. today announced the availability of its Stylus® software supporting its ABAX™ family of 3D Programmable Logic Devices (3PLDs). Pioneering the application of secure, Web-based software for designing with programmable logic devices, Tabula is offering Stylus within an advanced cloud computing environment. With Stylus designers can harness computing power through the Web from cloud resources to take full advantage of Tabula's breakthrough Spacetime™ 3D architecture, eliminating IT hassle while accelerating time-to-market at lower costs. As the industry's first integrated, synthesis and place-and-route (SP&R) package supporting 3PLD devices; Stylus manages the underlying reconfiguration transparently, automatically mapping standard RTL into Spacetime. In addition, it combines leading-edge synthesis technology with 3D, timing-driven, place-and-route within a flow and methodology that are familiar to FPGA and ASIC designers, thus requiring little or no learning curve.

"Tabula has significantly lowered the barrier of adoption of programmable logic devices for high performance, high volume applications." said Rich Wawrzyniak, Sr. Market Analyst, Semico Research Corp. "Combining the breakthrough price/performance of ABAX 3PLDs with the proven design methodology of the Stylus software will allow system designers to take advantage of programmability in a wide range of applications that previously required ASICs or ASSPs. The fact that Stylus uses a familiar design flow, similar to that of ASICs and FPGAs will be key in the broad adoption of ABAX products."

In a separate release:

SANTA CLARA, Calif. -- Accelerating the adoption of 3D programmable logic devices, Tabula, Inc. today announced the immediate availability of a development kit to accelerate the creation of designs based on its groundbreaking ABAX family of 3PLDs. This comprehensive development system will aid FPGA and ASIC designers to implement and test a rich variety of parallel and serial interfaces such as DDR3 and PCI Express Gen2, as well as embedded systems based on the popular V1 ColdFire soft CPU.

The ABAX 3PLD development kit is the first platform available to feature a high-performance, low cost ABAX A1EC04 3PLD, providing 390k LUTs, 5.5 MBytes of RAM blocks, and 48 channels of 6.5Gbps SerDes. The development kit is equipped with a large amount of off-chip memory – x36 72 MB of QDRII RAM and x72 1GB DDR3 RAM via an LP-DIMM socket. The combination of ABAX unmatched user memory and high-performance SerDes, with the rich off-chip memory and interface capabilities available on the board are critical for designing next generation communications infrastructure, industrial, medical, test, and military/aerospace applications. The development kit comes with access to the Company's advanced Stylus software cloud computing environment, enabling designers to use Stylus and its familiar design flow in a cost effective and secure manner.

"The ABAX 3PLD development kit reinforces Tabula's strategy to offer customers Spacetime's breakthrough price/performance advantages by delivering a robust development environment which combines the unmatched feature set of our ABAX 3PLDs with our Stylus software deployed in an advanced cloud computing platform." said Nupur Shah, Director of Applications at Tabula. "We have seen a growing number of applications seeking programmability for which FPGAs have been previously too expensive. High performance and value are the clear requirements from our customers and drawing on our extensive library of soft IP and scalable reference designs, our development kit provides developers a comprehensive platform for implementing and testing their ABAX-based designs, delivering scalability and efficiency for demanding applications."

Tabula Inc.

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