ModelSim Review - why 5 stars?

ModelSim Review
ITQlick Score: 90/100
ITQlick Rating: (5/5)
Pricing: 3.4/10 - low cost
Category: Development Tools Platforms -> ModelSim
Ranking:Ranked 1 out of 106 Development Tools Platforms systems
Company: Altera Corporation
Pricing: starts at $945 per license
Typical customers: Medium and large size businesses
Platforms: Desktop, Cloud
Links: ModelSim pricing, ModelSim alternatives

Shlomi LaviShlomi Lavi / updated: Jul 21, 2020

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What is ModelSim?

ModelSim software is a cloud-based multi-language HDL simulation and debugging platform that helps in the recreation of the hardware description languages like SystemC, VHDL, and Verilog. The software solution also contains a C debugger that is in-built. ModelSim is a product of Mentor Graphics founded in 1981 in the USA.

Mentor Graphics is now a product of Siemens after it was acquired in 2017 by Siemens Business. ModelSim software can be used together with Intel Quartus Prime, Xilinx Vivado, Xilinx ISE or independently. The platform automatically performs the simulation using scripts or through the GUI-graphical user interface.

It uses an integrated kernel for the simulation supported languages and uses the same method used in debugging the embedded C code as that used in VHDL or Verilog. ModelSim hardware simulation & debug environment mainly target smaller ASIC & FPGA design. It offers powerful waveform compare which helps to ease the analysis of bugs and differences.

What is ModelSim rating? ()

The rating of ModelSim is 5 stars out of 5 and the total score is 90 out of 100. The ratings are based on our unbiased experts. Learn more in our rating methodology page

Who are ModelSim's typical customers?

The typical customers include the following business size: Medium and large size businesses.

Is ModelSim the best Development Tools Platforms?

ModelSim is ranked 1 out of 106 software in their category (Development Tools Platforms systems).

Who are their main alternatives?

The two main competitors of ModelSim software include Komodo IDE and TrackVia. Komodo IDE is multi-language, on-premise Integrated Development Environment (IDE) that consists of an advanced editor, version control, debugging, code intelligence capabilities and more while ModelSim software is a multi-language, cloud-based HDL simulation environment.

ModelSim is a product of Mentor Graphics but in comparison, Komodo IDE is a product of ActiveState Software in Canada. Komodo IDE software is well suited to handle the needs of small business, large enterprises, medium business, and freelancers whereas ModelSim is suitable for large and medium businesses.

TrackVia software is a cloud-hosted workflow software development solution that empowers the users to develop custom applications with numerous uses whereas ModelSim software is a multi-language, cloud-based HDL simulation environment.

Both ModelSim and TrackVia solutions are best suited for mid-level or large business. TrackVia software is a creation of TrackVia Company but in comparison, ModelSim is a product of Mentor Graphics Company.

What is the cost of ModelSim?

The cost of license starts at $945 per license. On top of the total cost of licenses which is easy to calculate - what is the REAL total cost of implementation? You need to add the cost of training, customization, data migration, and other "hidden cost". ITQlick pricing score is 3.4 out of 10 (10 is most expensive). Find here the REAL total cost breakdown for ModelSim

What should you ask Altera Corporation during a demo session? (65 questions)

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Is it the right software for you?

ModelSim software is built to offer a multi-language HDL simulation platform for medium and large enterprises. Businesses especially those in the software development industry can enjoy the multiple features for simulation and debugging offered by ModelSim software. It offers solutions for electronic & design automation, automotive, systems, and more.

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Data Import/Export
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Online Customer Support

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