Press Release Summary:
Designed to help shorten development cycles, Xilinx Base Targeted Design Platform Kits combine v11.2 release of ISEÂ® Design Suite, IP, and pre-verified reference designs targeting Virtex-6 or Spartan-6 FPGAs. Reference designs outline best practices for integrating custom elements into base design and implementing features such as DDR2 and DDR3 memory interfaces, high-speed serial I/O, and on-chip clocking resources. Board schematics and layout files further streamline design process.
Original Press Release:
Xilinx Accelerates Development of Next-Generation Systems with Industry's First Deployment of Targeted Design Platforms
--FPGA leader continues to deliver on targeted design platform strategy with new Virtex-6 and Spartan-6 Evaluation Kits
SAN JOSE, Calif., June 24, 2009 /-- Xilinx (Nasdaq: XLNX) today released the Xilinx Base Targeted Design Platform aimed at accelerating the development of system-on-chip (SoC) solutions with Xilinx(R) Virtex(R)-6 and Spartan(R)-6 field programmable gate arrays (FPGAs). This base-level targeted design platform combines the 11.2 release of the ISE(R) Design Suite, expanded intellectual property (IP) portfolio, and pre-verified reference designs targeting Virtex-6 or Spartan-6 FPGAs within fully integrated evaluation kits that enable design teams to dramatically shorten development cycles and focus engineering resources on creating greater product differentiation.
The new Virtex-6 FPGA and Spartan-6 FPGA Evaluation Kits are the first in a series of kits Xilinx will offer throughout the year designed to simplify the evaluation and development of SoCs with the latest generation of programmable technologies from Xilinx. These kits provide all the elements needed to design right out of the box, so both new and experienced FPGA users can achieve the best performance, lowest power, highest bandwidth, and most feature-rich utilization. In addition, the built-in scalability and plug-in expandability of the base targeted design platform kits lay the foundation for rapid deployment by Xilinx of domain-specific platform kits targeting connectivity, embedded, and digital signal processing (DSP) applications.
Base Targeted Design Platform
The Xilinx Base Targeted Design Platform, or base platform, is tuned to the needs of logic and connectivity designers with evaluation kits that contain the basic building blocks common in virtually all system designs to address a broad set of markets and applications. By utilizing these key system functions that have been pre-validated to work together in the base platform, designers are able to slash development time by as much as half compared to traditional design methodologies. Reference designs then guide designers on best practices for integrating custom elements into the base design and implementing advanced features, such as DDR2 and DDR3 memory interfaces, high-speed serial I/O, and on-chip clocking resources. Board schematics and layout files further streamline the design process.
"The Xilinx base platform is a complete FPGA development environment that reflects the way traditional hardware designers work. It gives them immediate access to the new Spartan-6 or Virtex-6 FPGA families, tools, IP, and development boards combined in a way that lets them work smarter," said Vin Ratford, senior vice president of Worldwide Marketing and Business Development at Xilinx. "Designers can leverage common IP and reference designs to shorten design time and realize productivity gains that greatly exceed conventional a la carte offerings. By spending less time on developing the infrastructure of an application, designers can spend more time adding value through innovation for their next-generation systems."
The new 11.2 version of the ISE Design Suite supports both Virtex-6 and Spartan-6 FPGA families and is designed to work with the latest software from Cadence Design Systems, Inc., Mentor Graphics Corporation, and Synopsys, Inc. The ISE Design Suite 11.2 Editions enable logic, DSP, embedded hardware/software designers and system integrators to take advantage of the new features and capabilities of Virtex-6 and Spartan-6 FPGAs with optimized design environments aligned to the Xilinx Base Targeted Design Platform, as well as to future domain-specific platforms.
"Out-of-the Box" Design
Virtex-6 and Spartan-6 FPGA Evaluation Kits provide a fully integrated base platform that supports a wide range of markets and applications:
Virtex-6 FPGA ML605 Evaluation Kit is a full-featured, highly scalable environment for developing sophisticated system designs with Virtex-6 LX240T FPGA targeted at wired telecommunications, wireless infrastructure, broadcast and other high performance applications. System-level capabilities supported include high-speed serial transceivers, PCIe(R) Gen2 endpoints, DDR3 memory control, Gigabit Ethernet, and DVI. For more information about the ML605 Evaluation Kit, visit: xilinx.com/ml605.
Spartan-6 FPGA SP601 Evaluation Kit is a low-cost, entry-level environment for developing consumer, infotainment, video and other cost and power-sensitive applications using the Spartan-6 LX16 FPGA. System design capabilities include DDR2 memory control, flash, Ethernet, general purpose I/O and UART to name a few. For more information about the SP601 Evaluation Kit, visit: xilinx.com/sp601.
Built-in Scalability, Maximum Flexibility
"The Xilinx base platform, which includes silicon, tools, IP and boards, provides a complete platform for rapidly creating high-performance PCI Express applications," said Brian Daellenbach, president of Northwest Logic Inc. "Northwest Logic is integrating its high-performance, easy-to-use PCI Express DMA Engine on to this platform. This DMA Engine will be packaged with a demonstration application and drivers to form a complete Connectivity Targeted Reference Design built on the new Spartan-6 and Virtex-6 FPGA base platform. Use of this Targeted Reference Design by Xilinx customers will significantly reduce system development and integration efforts accelerating time to market."
Virtex-6 and Spartan-6 FPGA Evaluation Kits are designed for maximum scalability and flexibility with a unified board strategy and open platform implementation. The release of these base platform kits marks an industry milestone with Xilinx adoption of the industry-standard FPGA mezzanine card (FMC)(1) for all board development. This standards-based approach enables the most efficient creation of specialized IP, components, and base boards with FMC connectors for daughter card extensions by Xilinx and its network of third party component and board suppliers, including Avnet Electronics, Curtiss-Wright Controls Embedded Computing, Linear Technology, and Northwest Logic. It also creates an extensible delivery mechanism for all Xilinx targeted design platforms, including the rollout later this year of domain-specific platforms kits for connectivity, embedded, and DSP application development with Virtex-6 and Spartan-6 FPGAs.
Designers can learn more about how to use Xilinx Targeted Design Platforms featuring Virtex-6 and Spartan-6 FPGAs at the X-fest seminar series that will take place in locations around the globe from October 2009 through February 2010. For more information about these free one-day seminars, visit weboom.com/avnet/index.html.
Availability & Pricing
The Xilinx Base Targeted Design Platform with Virtex-6 and Spartan-6 FPGAs enables development of SoC applications using the ISE Design Suite 11 and Virtex-6 and Spartan-6 FPGA Evaluation Kits. The Spartan-6 FPGA SP601 Evaluation Kit is available now for order entry from the Xilinx web site or distributors priced at US$295. The Virtex-6 FPGA ML605 Evaluation Kit will be available for order entry at the end of July priced at US$1995.
A fully featured edition of the ISE Design Suite 11 is available as part of the Virtex-6 FPGA kit with device support limited to the Vitex-6 LX240T-FF1156. The Spartan-6 FPGA kit includes the ISE Design Suite 11 WebPACK(TM) software. The ISE Design Suite is available separately with full device support for a list price starting at US$2,995 for the Logic Edition. Customers can download full-featured 30-day evaluation versions of ISE Design Suite 11 from the Xilinx web site at no charge. For more information about the ISE 11 software suite, visit xilinx.com/ISE.
(1) FPGA Mezzanine Card (FMC) is a VITA specification.
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Commentary from Xilinx ecosystem:
"Avnet has a long history of designing Xilinx development boards, and we are pleased to take our relationship to the next level with Xilinx Targeted Design Platforms. The standards-based implementation of these new platforms with FMC connectors and expandable daughter cards is a win-win for the entire ecosystem. It allows us to deliver a wider range of Xilinx boards and kits, while our mutual customers gain both greater selection and interoperability between Spartan-6 and Virtex-6 family targeted design platforms."
Jim Beneke, Vice President, Global Technical Marketing Avnet Electronics
"Advances in technology announced by Xilinx and Cadence can translate into real time-to-market and quality boosts for our mutual customers. Xilinx Targeted Design Platforms enable rapid creation of SoCs that scale to the sweet spot for both the Open Verification Methodology (OVM) and the Cadence Incisive functional verification, helping customers to reduce overall project costs and risks."
Michal Siwinski, Marketing Group Director of Enterprise Verification Cadence Design Systems, Inc.
"Xilinx's Base Targeted Design Platform with their new Virtex-6 family of FPGAs will help us bring the most advanced reconfigurable computing solutions to rugged deployed aerospace and defense applications. The combination of our new high speed I/O FPGA Mezzanine Cards (FMC), our high performance VPX DSP engines and the Virtex-6 base platform kit will be ideal for demanding military computing applications, such as direct RF down-conversion, SigInt/Surveillance, Satellite communications and SDR."
Lynn Patterson, Vice President and General Manager of Modular Solutions Curtiss-Wright Controls Embedded Computing
"Linear Technology is pleased to be collaborating with Xilinx in the strategic areas of analog and power. With the launch of the new Spartan-6 and Virtex-6 family base platform, we now offer customers verified and proven power solutions for easy implementation in their own end-systems. Recognizing that designers are looking for reliable, easy-to-implement power solutions, the Spartan-6 FPGA kit includes Linear's proven LTM4616 power uModule regulators. This ensures users a reliable power solution for a broad range of telecommunications, wireless infrastructure and automotive applications."
Afshin Odabaee, Product Marketing Manager, Power uModule Products Linear Technology
"Linear Technology is committed to supporting the new Xilinx Targeted Design Platform strategy. We are launching a family of new high speed, low power ADCs with daughter cards, utilizing the VITA 57 FMC connector, allowing Spartan-6 and Virtex-6 family base platform users to easily evaluate interoperable solutions using Linear Technology ADCs and Xilinx FPGAs. The new ADC daughter cards target high performance applications in communications infrastructure, test and measurement, industrial and medical instrumentation systems."
Alison Steer, Product Marketing Manager for Mixed Signal Products Linear Technology
"Mentor's Precision Synthesis provides major benefits to Xilinx customers. Precision's logic synthesis and physical synthesis capabilities enable designers to achieve their quality-of-results goals and exploit the performance improvements in the new Spartan-6 and Virtex-6 devices in support of Xilinx Targeted Design Platforms."
Simon Bloch, Vice President and General Manager, Design and Synthesis Division Mentor Graphics Corporation
"The Xilinx base platform, which includes silicon, tools, IP and boards, provides a complete platform for rapidly creating high-performance PCI Express applications. Northwest Logic is integrating its high-performance, easy-to-use PCI Express DMA Engine on to this platform. This DMA Engine will be packaged with a demonstration application and drivers to form a complete Connectivity Targeted Reference Design built to support the new Spartan-6 and Virtex-6 devices with the Xilinx base platform. Use of this Targeted Reference Design by Xilinx customers will significantly reduce system development and integration efforts accelerating time to market."
Brian Daellenbach, President Northwest Logic Inc.
"Synopsys and Xilinx have been in close collaboration for many years, and this relationship allows us to provide immediate and high quality support for Xilinx Targeted Design Platforms. As the capacity and functionality of the newest FPGAs from Xilinx reach new heights, it is even more critical to offer a cohesive design and verification platform to our mutual customers. We have tuned our Synplify Pro and Synplify Premier synthesis products to deliver high performance and reduced area utilization for Virtex-6 and Spartan-6 FPGAs and to provide a smooth design flow with the new ISE 11.2 design suite."
Jeff Garrison, Director of Marketing for FPGA Implementation Synopsys, Inc.
"VITA is excited to see Xilinx introduce platform kits using the FMC standard. Xilinx was a key contributor to what is certain to be a widely used platform for FPGA developers."
Ray Alderman, Executive Director. VITA
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Note to editors: See separate press releases dated June 24, 2009 issued by Cadence Design Systems, Inc., Curtiss-Wright Controls Embedded Computing, and Mentor Graphics Corporation.