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Version 3.x is a major step in performance over Version 2.3.
Version 3.x introduces new technology that delivers up to 8x increase in simulation speed. Please see the
release notes for more information. If
you are an existing user, your current license file is fully compatible with the
new release (just copy your existing license file from <old-install-dir>/bin/symphony.lic to the new installation directory
This download supports all editions (FREE,
demo/trial and standard editions) of VHDL Simili 3.0/3.1. To enable a trial period,
simply download the software and then follow the instructions for requesting
trial licenses (see below).
If you are a current Standard Edition user and wish to evaluate the benefits of
the VHDL Simili Professional Edition 3.0/3.1, please
email us a copy of your current license.
- Hardware platform: PC with Intel Pentium II equivalent or
- Video: 1280x1024 resolution or higher (lower resolutions
will work but not recommended)
- Network Information Card (or
Ethernet card) required for non-FREE
(licensed, demo or purchased) versions
- Operating System
- Memory: Minimum of 32 MB of available RAM
- Disk Space: Minimum 40MB + additional space for vendor
Before you download please understand the capabilities of the various
modes/editions/categories of VHDL Simili. Please read the comparison
page for a more detailed feature comparison.
- FREE edition:
The download ships with a
default license file to enable the FREE edition. If you download Version
3.0, use the Licensing Wizard (available after installation) to download a
free license. This FREE license file that ships with Version 3.1
expires on October 1 2012.
Newer builds/releases may extend the FREE licenses beyond this date.
Existing users can use the Licensing Wizard to extend their FREE license
OR download and install the newest build and copy over the file
<install-dir>/bin/freelic.txt to <install-dir>/bin/symphony.lic.
- Standard/Professional Editions:
Requires a license
purchase. Your license file is issued via the Licensing Wizard that is
launched from within Sonata -- the Graphical User Interface.
- Trial or Demo mode: Enables standard
edition or the professional edition for a limited amount of time. By default it allows an evaluation
period of 21 days.
Please read/print the following instructions
before downloading the software
If you are a first time user, you may wish to read (and maybe even print) these instructions before
you proceed. Also consider book-marking this page since it gets updated very
Step 1: Download the software. This downloaded file includes software for all editions
(demo, standard, professional, etc.).
VHDL Simili 3.1 Build#16 --
(~9.2MB) or Linux
(~9.4MB) VALID FOR ALL EDITIONS
Note: Symphony EDA has an aggressive
update policy. Please read our build
notes for more information on our current and past builds and our update/build
process. You can also view a list of enhancements
that are already being considered for future releases.
Please do not hesitate to report
Symphony EDA, we pride ourselves for providing very fast responses times --
within one business day in most cases.
Step 2: Install the software
Windows: Simply run the downloaded EXE file and follow the
instructions of the Installation Wizard (you will need administrative
privileges on Windows 2000/XP).
Linux: Untar and run the install script
as shown below. It is very important that you follow the instructions to
change your environment (.bashrc, .profile, .cshrc, etc.) printed during
installation. You can be logged in as any user so long as you have
write permission to the installation directory.
tar xvf <name-of-downloaded-file>
Step 3: Request demo/full licenses if
this is your first download (not
required for free-version unless your free license has expired or lost)
If this is your first time installing the
software and if you are planning on using the graphical features of VHDL
Simili, you will have to request licenses from the Symphony EDA license
fulfillment server. This is entirely automated. It will save you the manual
step of installing the license file if you run this Licensing Wizard while
logged in as the user who installed the software or a user who has write
permission to the installation directory. Please follow the instructions
below (assuming you have already installed VHDL Simili):
Windows: Run "Start->Symphony
EDA->VHDL Simili 3.0->License Management->Symphony EDA Licensing Wizard"
or, you can also do "Start->Run"
and then enter "sonata -L"
as the command to run.
Unix/Linux: Run the command "sonata
-L" after you have modified your
environment according to the installation instructions.
Step 4: First time users only
Symphony EDA highly recommends running the
tutorials. For users of Sonata (the GUI), please follow the instructions in
Chapter 8 of the accompanying documentation. This tutorial is designed to
teach you the features of Sonata in a very short amount of time (15-30
minutes). For users of the command-line tools, there are simple tutorials
available in <install-dir>/examples/index.htm.
EDA does most of its testing on RedHat systems (7.1 or higher). We have reports
of VHDL Simili working with other distributions (SuSE, Mandrake, etc.). We
cannot own/install the various distributions available but, we will make every
attempt to diagnose/debug any problems. The following
information may be of some assistance in helping you use VHDL Simili with other
libX11.so.6 => /usr/X11R6/lib/libX11.so.6
libdl.so.2 => /lib/libdl.so.2
libm.so.6 => /lib/i686/libm.so.6
libc.so.6 => /lib/i686/libc.so.6
Note: Due to variations of fonts
on Linux/Unix and various X-servers, it is possible that the default choice of
fonts is not appropriate for your system. Most fonts and colors within the Sonata framework
can be controlled using the "Edit->Preferences..." dialog box.