SAN JOSE, Calif., Jan. 31, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Xilinx, Inc. (NASDAQ: XLNX) today launched its first Targeted Design Platforms for accelerating systems development and integration with its 28nm 7 series Field-Programmable Gate Arrays (FPGAs). Xilinx's Targeted Design Platform approach to FPGA system design and integration provides the industry's most comprehensive development kits – complete with boards, ISE® Design Suite tools, IP cores, reference designs and FPGA Mezzanine Card (FMC) support – so designers can begin applications development immediately.
At DesignCon 2012, attendees can visit Xilinx at booth #732 to see the new Virtex®-7 FPGA VC707 Evaluation Kit, the Kintex™-7 FPGA KC705 Evaluation Kit, and the Kintex-7 FPGA DSP Kit with high-speed analog built with Avnet Electronics Marketing. These kits will showcase applications featuring low power, FMC migration, high-speed connectivity, and advanced Digital Signal Processing (DSP) performance. Xilinx's booth demonstrations will also showcase Xilinx's Agile Mixed Signal (AMS) analog interface capabilities, now available in all its 28nm devices for enabling general purpose analog integration.
"Xilinx's 7 series families take FPGA technology further into SoC applications that were never possible before without costly and time-consuming ASIC or ASSP development," said Vin Ratford, Senior Vice President, World Wide Marketing, Xilinx. "Xilinx is executing a record-breaking rollout of its 28nm generation, which means customers now have access to base and domain platforms as well as a range of ecosystem offerings for evaluating, developing and deploying systems that take advantage of the low-power and flexibility 7 series FPGAs bring to the table."
Since the first Kintex-7 devices were shipped to customers in March 2011, Xilinx has commenced the roll out of its Kintex-325T, Virtex-485T, Virtex-2000T FPGAs and Zynq™-7020 Extensible Processing Platform. The three new kits are the first among nearly 40 to be delivered by Xilinx and/or ecosystem members supporting embedded and high-speed connectivity applications, as well as markets such as automotive, broadcast, consumer, industrial and communications. Reference designs that come with each kit give both new and experienced FPGA users ideal starting points for getting designs completed quickly while achieving the best performance, lowest power, highest bandwidth and most feature-rich utilization of Xilinx FPGAs.
Ecosystem Support & Open Standards
The 100's of board, design service, IP, and tool vendors who make up the Xilinx Alliance Program provide the rich diversity of development solutions and applications that enable Xilinx Targeted Design Platforms. Xilinx worked closely with 4DSP Inc., Analog Devices Inc., Avnet Electronics Marketing, Northwest Logic, The MathWorks, Texas Instruments, and Xylon to bring the first Kintex-7 FPGA and Virtex-7 FPGA development kits to market with more support from the ecosystem to follow.
Xilinx's adoption and support for open standards throughout the design and development flow further strengthens the ability of the Xilinx Alliance Program to efficiently and cost effectively deliver key technologies that in turn make it easier for FPGA users to complete their projects.
Each development kit supports the FMC specification, a key Targeted Design Platform enabler defined by VITA 57 that delivers an industry standard daughter card form factor, connector and modular interface to an FPGA located on a base board. Whether the cards are custom made or commercial-off-the-shelf (COTS) from the Xilinx ecosystem, developers can leverage 100's of existing FMCs immediately, or reuse their investments in cards targeting previous generation Virtex-6 and Spartan®-6 devices.
In addition to the open standards supported at the board level, Xilinx's adoption of the AMBA® AXI4 (Advanced eXtensible Interface 4) standard enables plug-and-play use and reuse of Intellectual Property (IP) cores to further accelerate productivity.