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[FAQ] WEBENCH® Tools: TI discontinues Flash-based tools

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Over the years, we invested in numerous Flash-based tools supporting our analog and embedded portfolios. However, when Adobe announced it will sunset Flash by the end of 2020 and with browser makers also ceasing their support for Flash-based products, we began the process to end-of-life (EOL) our own Flash-based tools by January 31st, 2020. 

While we have made a decision to EOL some tools, we are providing replacement for others in line with our continued commitment to address our customers' needs. Keep reading to learn more about our EOL plans, see a detailed list of tools that are being replaced or EOLed and learn about the steps you can take to save your existing designs and projects.

Flash tools end-of-life plan 

The table below lists our Flash-based tools that will be EOLed by the end of January 2020. These tools will be taken down from TI.com by January 31st, 2020 and you will no longer be able to access and retrieve your old projects from the tools after that date. 

Your suggested action:  To preserve your work for future use, follow the recommendations below before January 31, 2020. Additional steps are required to save your design and have information available after the removal of the tools from TI.com.

Product family

Tool name

Status

Recommendation

Power Management

WEBENCH® Classic (Flash-version)

Replaced with WEBENCH Power Designer (HTML) in July 2018.

You will be able to open a majority of your existing designs created in WEBENCH Classic in the new WEBENCH Power Designer (HTML). However, support for some product categories and features have been discontinued and will not be available in the new HTML tool.

Please visit the WEBENCH Power Designer e2e post for a full list of supported and discontinued product categories and tool features.

For designs that consist of products or features that are no longer supported in the HTML tool, follow the steps in the "save your design" section below to download/save your designs.

WEBENCH Power Architect/Processor Power Architect/FPGA Power Architect/PMU Power Architect

EOL Jan 31 2020.

Recommended replacement: Power for processors, released in July 2018.

Follow the steps in the "save your project" section below to download/save your projects.

While Power for processors is not a direct replacement for WEBENCH Power Architect, you can learn more about power solutions for FPGAs and processors by visiting Power management for FPGAs and processors

Moving forward, support for processor power and FPGA power will be provided via this portal.

WEBENCH LED Designer/LED Architect

EOL Jan 31 2020.

Follow the steps in the "save your design" and "save your project" sections below to download/save your designs/projects.

Signal Chain

Clock and timing

WEBENCH® Clock Architect

EOL Jan 31 2020.

Follow the steps in the "save your project" section below to download/save your projects.

High-speed interface

WEBENCH® Interface Designer

EOL Jan 31 2020.

Follow the steps in the "save your design" section below to download/save your designs.

Other Tools that were EOLed in 2018 

As part of our ongoing effort to ensure our offerings are up-to-date and support industry standards, the table below lists all the Flash-based tools that were EOLed earlier in 2018.

Product family

Tool name

Status

Power Management

WEBENCH® Series voltage reference selector

EOLed in 2018.

Signal Chain

Amplifier

WEBENCH® Amplifier Designer

EOLed in 2018.

While Amplifier Selection tool is not a direct replacement for WEBENCH® Amplifier Designer, we recommended using Amplifier Selection tool - Search by Circuit Function.

WEBENCH® Filter Designer

EOLed in 2018.

While Filter Design Tool (HTML) is not a direct replacement for WEBENCH® Filter Designer, we recommended using Filter Design Tool (HTML).

Sensors

WEBENCH® Capacitive Sensing Designer

EOLed in 2018.

WEBENCH® Pressure Sensor Designer

EOLed in 2018.

WEBENCH® Sensor Designer

EOLed in 2018.

WEBENCH® Inductive Sensing

EOLed in 2018.

WEBENCH® Medical AFE Designer

EOLed in 2018.

WEBENCH® SensorAFE Designer & Sensor Designer Tools

EOLed in 2018.

 

Save your design

Access Flash based tools here: https://webench.ti.com/webench5/power/webench5.cgi

Open flash-based tool on Google Chrome (v77 and above):

    1. Click the shield icon at the right side of address bar and click the “Load unsafe scripts” in the popup window to enable Adobe Flash on Google Chrome browser.

    2. Click the “Get ADOBE” icon and then click the “Allow” button in the popup window. The loads the flash-based tool. 

To save a design:

  1. On the homepage of Flash based tools, click on "My Designs/Projects" on top left of the page


      2. Click on the "My Designs" tab and Choose  your design from the list. Then click on the "Open Design" icon shown below.

    3. Click on the print icon within the tool to save or print a PDF of your design.

   4. Repeat steps 1-4 for each design you want to save. 

 

To save a project:

  1. On the homepage of Flash based tools, click on "My Designs/Projects" on top left of the page.

      2. Click on the "My Projects" tab and choose  your project from the list. Then click on the "Open Project" icon shown below   

      3. Click on the print icon to save or print the PDF of your project.

    4. Repeat steps 1-4 for each project you want to save.


Please be sure to follow these steps before January 31st, 2020 to preserve all of your existing designs and projects. If you have further questions, please refer to https://e2e.ti.com/support/tools/sim-hw-system-design/f/234.

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