BEEcube Announces State of the Art Software Distributed Free to Universities Worldwide

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BEEcube's software, BPS-Lite™, dramatically eases the use of Xilinx FPGAs and making FPGA design more accessible to developers, students, and academic researchers

Our goal is to make FPGA-based system prototyping and FPGA-based computing easily accessible to students and researchers across a wide range of disciplines. BPS has been proven in industry and now we are returning to our roots and giving back to academia

Today BEEcube announces the availability of a special version of BEEcube Platform Studio™ (BPS) productivity software free to all universities worldwide, BPS-Lite™. BPS-Lite software provides an accelerated design flow dramatically easing the use of Xilinx FPGAs and making FPGA design more accessible to developers, students, and academic researchers.

The BEEcube Platform Studio (BPS) is a hardware/software co-development environment built on the MathWorks™ Simulink® framework and the Embedded Development Kit (EDK) from Xilinx. With BPS, users specify their desired system functionality with a combination of convenient block-diagram level descriptions and software modules. BPS provides automatic generation of all platform specific hardware interfaces and corresponding software drivers. Months of engineering tasks to convert complex digital communications and other algorithms to implementation can be achieved with BPS in a matter of days, all without the user requiring low level FPGA implementation details, such as high speed I/O interfaces, timing closure, HW/SW interfaces, and IP integration issues.

BPS provides a solution that scales from single-FPGA boards to highly complex systems with 10's to even 100's of FPGAs. Free BPS-Lite software is now available for use on the Xilinx XUPV5-LX110T a single FPGA platform optimized for teaching and research purposes. BPS can also be used to develop software for applications for BEEcube's BEE3 high-end four FPGA system, or for combinations of FPGAs platforms, including clusters of multiple BEE3s. Designs developed and verified at one platform level can easily move to higher performance systems.

BEEcube is a spin out from UC Berkeley, where the founders conducted decades of leading research on the FPGA-based Berkeley Emulation Engine (BEE) platforms and development environments. BEEcube was formed to produce and market high-end FPGA platforms for real-time system prototyping and computation acceleration. Now BEEcube is giving back to the academic research community by supplying the single-FPGA BPS software, BPS-Lite, free of charge to universities.

"Our goal is to make FPGA-based system prototyping and FPGA-based computing easily accessible to students and researchers across a wide range of disciplines. BPS has been proven in industry and now we are returning to our roots and giving back to academia,” says John Wawrzynek, Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at UC Berkeley and BEEcube founder, "BPS is ideal for courses in digital design, computer architecture, and embedded system design, and for research projects in a variety of areas from SOC design and prototyping to application acceleration such as bioinformatics and finance. With BPS software, researchers can test out their ideas on the inexpensive Xilinx XUP V5 platform and then later easily move to the more advanced BEEcube platforms."

”Xilinx, the world’s leading provider of FPGAs, is committed to partnering with universities worldwide to enhance their teaching and research programs. BEEcube, with its exceptional legacy in the research and university community, is a highly valued partner of the Xilinx University Program (XUP). Today’s announcement by BEEcube that it is making its BPS-Lite™ toolkit available to academics at no cost is a very exciting development. When combined with the XUPV5-LX110T FPGA platform, professors and educators will have an integrated solution that dramatically reduces the complexity of mapping algorithms to a reconfigurable fabric,” commented Patrick Lysaght, senior director, Xilinx Research Labs and head of Xilinx University Program (XUP).

Availability:

BPS-Lite is immediately available to all accredited and qualified universities world-wide, and at no cost under BEEcube’s University Program License. BPS-Lite software is available for use on the Xilinx XUPV5-LX110T.

Please contact BEEcube for pricing and availability of full BPS license for BEE3 and other supported hardware platforms.

About BEEcube:

Leveraging advanced technology developed at the Berkeley Wireless Research Center at the University of California at Berkeley, BEEcube is at the forefront of technological and market innovation within the FPGA-based computing, prototyping, modeling, and simulation acceleration business. BEEcube offers next generation FPGA based computing platforms, and an advanced high-level integrated design environment. Applications of BEEcube solutions include MIMO wireless communications, video signal processing, multi-core system-on-chip development, and computational biology.

There are over 150 BEE systems deployed worldwide in major corporations and top universities. Corporations currently using BEE systems include: Xilinx, Microsoft, Sun Microsystems, Aerospace Corporation, and Thales Group. Leading universities include: University of California, Berkeley, Stanford University, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Imperial College London, Barcelona Super Computing Center, Tokyo University, Tsinghua University, and Peking University.

Visit BEEcube’s web site at http://www.beecube.com. For more information contact sales(at)beecube(dot)com or phone: 1-510-252-1136. BEEcube’s corporate headquarters is based at 39465 Paseo Padre Parkway, Suite 3700, Fremont, CA 94538.

For users in China, please visit http://beecube.eefocus.com/ for more information.

BEEcube, BEE3, BEEcube Platform Studio (BPS), BPS-Lite are trademarks of BEEcube Inc. All rights reserved.

About Xilinx:

Xilinx is the worldwide leader in complete programmable logic solutions. For more information, visit: http://www.xilinx.com/.

XILINX, the Xilinx Logo, Virtex, Spartan, ISE and other designated brands included herein are trademarks of Xilinx in the United States and other countries.

BEEcube acknowledges trademarks or registered trademarks of other organizations for their respective products and services.

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