09-06-2016 02:41 PM
Last year I purchased two Vivado system edition floating licenses. (Part # EF-VIVADO-SYSTEM-FL) Lately I've been getting emails from Xilinx telling me that my design tool license subscription is expiring. Fine. So I contacted our Avnet rep and she told me that there's no "maintenance" renewal option, that I have to purchase an entirely new license at a cost that is almost exactly what we paid for the original license. This seems so absurd that I suspect she is wrong.
Does anyone have correct information regarding the renewal of Vivado design tool licenses?
09-06-2016 06:34 PM
She's correct. Last year you purchased a license for Vivado 2015.3 to Vivado 2016.2 (ie four versions). What is often poorly explained is that your existing license does not "expire" - you can keep using Vivado 2016.2 for the next fifty years without paying anything extra. You just can't upgrade to newer versions of Vivado because the existing license only covers up to 2016.2.
What you're buying now is an entirely new license for Vivado 2016.3 to 2017.2 (although it's also backward-compatible, so you can use Vivado 2016.2 on the new license). This is not an upgrade to the existing license, it's a whole new license. You can continue using Vivado 2016.2 (using the old license) and also use 2016.3 (using the new license) simultaneously.
I'd be inclined to skip the upgrade for now. Check the release notes for each new version of Vivado, and when something interesting turns up then think about paying for the new licenses. Maybe even grab the WebPACK (free, device-limited) license of new Vivado versions and give them a shot with some lower-end hardware (eg. a cheap Artix or Zynq devkit).
09-06-2016 09:13 PM
09-07-2016 09:44 AM
09-08-2016 03:02 AM
She is correct.
But expiring just means you won't be able to upgrade to a newer version released after the version limit.
Version limit is basically a number, one year from your purchase month. For example, if you bought a license in Sept 2015, it will have version limit of Sept 2016 i.e. 2016.09.
But you will be able to use your license in the current software permanently and can upgrade to any version that is released before the version limit i.e. before Sept 2016.
Refer this AR for details: