HDL Designer Series

The HDL Designer Series of products provides an integrated and fully flexible design capture and data management environment for either individual or teams of designers. Integration with common version management tools ensures traceability of all stages of the design flow.

VHDL and Verilog are clearly both text based languages and you could - and people still do - just type it in using your favourite text editor. This of course works fine up to a point, however as the designs get bigger and designs are worked upon by teams of designers, this becomes increasingly more difficult.

It's time to change the way you look at HDL design. With HDL Designer Series, graphical entry finally comes of age, providing the user with sophisticated tools that take the complexity out of generating high-quality synthesizable HDL code, combined with managing the vast amount of data produced during the implementation of all but the most simple designs.


Introducing HDL Designer Series

HDL Designer Series comprises a series of products enabling HDL design creation, management and analysis, which has evolved from the Renoir tools from Mentor Graphics. With full revision control capabilities, integration with your downstream tools for simulation, synthesis and place & route, HDL Designer Series is the cockpit for the whole HDL design environment.

The HDL Designer Series comprises:

  • HDL Author for design creation
    Using HDL text, C code, block diagrams, state diagrams, algorithmic state machines, flowcharts, truth tables, IBD and any mix, HDL Author allows you to capture the design and manage the data. It also includes simulation animation within the graphical editors to maximise the benefit of the integrated flow with ModelSim, Precision Synthesis and Leonardo Spectrum.
  • HDL Detective for design analysis, visualization and documentation
    Allows you to navigate and analyse existing text or graphical designs, using advanced code to graphics to create a graphical data base of text based designs for importing legacy code into other HDL Designer tools.
  • HDL Designer which combines both of these in a single package
    Includes the capability of creating documentation from design sources, including filters to customise the level of detail published. Standardisation is taken a step further with the inclusion of DesignChecker. This is an HDL Rule Checker (sometimes known as a Linting Tool) which allows manually written code to be easily verified for its consistency with the project or company coding standards.


HDL Designer Series gives you unmatched flexibility and accommodates your design preference. You can work with HDL source code, common graphical representations, or any combination of the two, without compromising your ability to monitor and manage data in a common environment. Extensive Intellectual Property (IP) reuse and multiple site design teams drive the need for a standardised design environment. Teams can choose to standardize on individual tools from the HDL Designer Series family, or get the most flexibility from HDL Designer, which offers all of the features found in the point tools (HDL Detective and HDL Author) in one comprehensive package.