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Xilinx Delivers Complete FPGA-Based Development System for Designing Intelligent Automotive Subsystems

New XA Spartan-3E FPGA Automotive ECU Development Kit accelerates design for infotainment, driver assistance and driver information applications

LAS VEGAS, Jan. 7 -- At the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) today, Xilinx, Inc. (NASDAQ:XLNX), the world's leading programmable logic supplier, announced immediate availability of the Xilinx Automotive (XA) Electronic Control Unit (ECU) Development Kit, based on its low-cost family of automotive-qualified Xilinx® XA Spartan(TM)-3E field programmable gate arrays (FPGAs). The XA Automotive ECU kit provides a platform for rapid development of in-vehicle networking, infotainment, driver assistance, and driver information systems. Xilinx will showcase XA-based solutions January 7-10 in Xilinx Booth #35768 (South Hall).

Xilinx teamed with Si-Gate GmbH (, a leading provider of automotive electronics solutions, to develop the XA Automotive ECU Development Kit. The kit includes a development board with pre-engineered hardware interfaces, and supports a host of automotive application intellectual property (IP). With such a complete development environment, automotive designers can quickly evaluate devices and get their designs up and running right out of the box.

"The inherent flexibility and programmability of FPGAs have changed the way automotive systems designers think about development time. Now, it's all about making it easier for them to build more complex FPGA-based systems even faster, and reducing that key time-to-market," said Kevin Tanaka, worldwide automotive marketing and product planning manager of the Automotive Division at Xilinx. "Our new Automotive ECU Development Kit does just that, enabling integration of low-cost FPGA platforms into a new breed of intelligent in-vehicle electronics."

Out-of-the-Box Development System

The XA Automotive ECU Development Kit provides all the components needed to develop entire subsystems, including an XA1600E development board equipped with an XA Spartan-3E 1.6 million system gate FPGA, and on-board hardware interfaces such as CAN 2.0B and C, Ethernet 10/100, USB 2.0, SPI and SCI. Pre-verified Xilinx and third-party application IP provides the necessary building blocks for developing MOST® systems, FlexRay(TM) connectivity, along with high and low-speed CAN bus interfaces. The kit also includes a power supply with universal adapter, programming and custom serial cables, QuickStart Guide, and resource CD with a reference design for easy evaluation. Evaluation versions of the Xilinx Embedded Development Kit and ISE(TM) design tools are also supported.

About XA Spartan-3E FPGAs

The XA Spartan-3E FPGA family is tested to meet the needs of high-volume, cost-sensitive automotive electronics applications. The five-member family offers densities ranging from 100,000 to 1.6 million-system gates with various package options. XA devices are available in both extended-temperature Q-Grade (-40 degrees C to +125 degrees C Tj) and I-Grade (-40 degrees C to +100 degrees C Tj) and are qualified to the industry-recognized AEC-Q100 standard. These 90-nm devices deliver more functionality and I/O bandwidth per dollar than previously possible, setting new standards in the programmable logic industry. Because of their exceptionally low cost, XA Spartan-3E FPGAs offer a superior alternative to the high mask costs and lengthy development cycles of ASICs and ASSPs.

Pricing & Availability

The XA Automotive ECU Development Kit is immediately available for $1,495 USD. Visit

About Xilinx Automotive Solutions

Xilinx is the automotive programmable logic device market leader with its Xilinx Automotive (XA) line of FPGAs and CPLDs tested to the AEC-Q100 automotive qualification standard, and full automotive solutions that include LogiCORE(TM) and AllianceCORE IP portfolio, operating systems, middleware, software, and development boards. For more information about Xilinx automotive solutions, visit:

About Xilinx

Xilinx is the worldwide leader in complete programmable logic solutions. For more information, visit

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