Robei is a very tiny FPGA simulation tool with modern GUI interface. Here is the website:http://robei.com. It allow 15 days evaluation, and there are two video demos on website.
Small video demos shows on my website.
Well the application looks nice - really I see that you must have put some work into it. I did not test it so far as I don't quite get what the advantage of this tool is compared to typing Code directly (s. the other thread it was basically already explained there). You only show ultra simple examples (a counter... c'mon) - THAT is too easy even for beginners. What is hard is to keep the overview of a full system with dozens or hundreds of such modules and to make them work together - and simulate that properly. And $100 for the Students license is waaaay to much for the average Student as they are used to get such small tools for free. And then they shall also share the designs with you after they paid $100? Sorry but WTF?! That is a license term you can use with BETA TESTERS but not with actual customers... lol
Thank you for your suggestions. The advantage of this tool is design with visualization. Coding will be fine for verilog design, but compare reading code with seeing the model, the second one would be better. This tool also can reduce the mistakes in your design before going to code level. At the same time, it is a small tool, the biggest advantage is it will be used in PDA systems. The Robei FPGA design tool is targeting to entry level customers and try to reduce the knowledge requirement of FPGA. With this tool, high school student can play with FPGA with a little knowledge of verilog. We break down complex system into small reusable models, so complex system will works fine. The requirement of contribute code is for beta testers, and this requirement is no longer for student as we do not asking for code in fact. I need to check the released version, and that sentence should be deleted already. Thank you for your suggestion, if the sentence is still there, I can give a license for free. I provided a lot of free licenses for those customers who send feed back to me. The software will keep improving and more features will be in the next version.
I already verified, it is a bug. Please contact me ASAP to get your free license. Thanks!
As you suggested, I already dropped the price from $100.00 to $25.00 for student only. Thanks for your suggestions.
Oh hey thanks for the offer :-) , but I just wanted to help you and emphasize again where the Problems are (most of this was already discussed in the other thread). I already have such a graphical Tool - but it's way more powerful (and comes with extensive examples! hint *hint*). It's more expensive, but with your old pricing it was not thaaat big difference. New pricing is a lot more reasonable.
Zonk-8000, why not contact me for your free license as you provide some good suggestions. You can find my email address from my website. Thanks!
You should think of the main aspects, werea graphical tool will help: 1) overview signals must be able to easily move between hierarchies. hierarchies must by virually installed by wrapping components and it must be able to undo this design from top to buttom, not as usual from buttom to top by creating symbols and ading them together 2) Reduce Typing -> automation of entity copying and transformation to components, mappings when mooving out a component from a sub level, new signals must be invented to shift through the hierarchy
Well, in its current state it would not be of much use for me - as I already said I have a very powerful tool for such things and much more (but even with this I preferr typing Code directly). Another problem is I am using VHDL only! ;-) But a good cheaper and less complex alternative that only focusses on top-down hirarchy design (what Mehlbuttel said) would be welcome anyway.
>As you suggested, I already dropped the price from $100.00 to $25.00 for >student only. Thanks for your suggestions. How many licenses did you already sell ? :-) SuperWilly
I sold very few licenses, but I provide a lot of free licenses as the exchange of good suggestions. So I collected many useful suggestions, which I can realize them in the next version. That would be much more valuable than money. Thanks!
Here is the video demo from Youtube: Youtube-Video "Robei makes hardware design like playing with boxes!"
Robei 2.0 released. It is completely free for personal, education and research use. The software interface is much easier than 1.0 version and the size is only 5Mbits. Very tiny software but still can perform the simulation task. http://robei.com