Xilinx Launches First Design Platforms for Accelerating 7 Series FPGA Design Productivity and System Integration


See Industry's First Complete Development Kits for Increasing System Performance, Lowering Power, and Reducing BoM with 28nm FPGA Technology at DesignCon 2012

SAN JOSE, Calif. - 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(TM)-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(TM)-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 StandardsThe 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. Using the PlanAhead(TM) design planner available in the ISE Design Suite, developers have a unified design process for logic, DSP and embedded processing that simplifies the IP assembly process and promotes team design with hierarchical flows within the FPGA.

About the New Kits

- The Kintex-7 FPGA KC705 Evaluation Kit provides a flexible framework for
designing higher-level systems using DDR3, Gigabit Ethernet, PCI
Express®, and other serial connectivity standards. An AMS header lets
designers explore the AMS technology and see how the feature can trim
BOM cost. Other communications features--high-speed GTX transceivers,
SFP+, and SMA connectors--further extend the list of advanced
capabilities that can be evaluated and leveraged from this platform.
($1,695 order entry open now)

- The Kintex-7 FPGA DSP Kit co-developed with Avnet Electronics Marketing
features the Kintex-7 FPGA KC705 board and includes an integrated
high-speed analog FMC to interface to real-world signals. Featuring
dual-channel 800 MSPS 16-bit digital-to-analog converters (DACs) and
dual-channel 250 MSPS 14-bit analog-to-digital converters (ADCs), the
high-speed analog module delivers exceptional throughput when combined
with the massively parallel processing bandwidth of the DSP48E1
arithmetic processing engines in the Kintex-7 FPGA. Data paths to and
from the DSP slices can be created and integrated into systems using
industry-standard AXI4 interface conventions. ($3,995 order entry now
from Avnet)

- The Virtex-7 FPGA VC707 Evaluation Kit gives designers an easy starting
point for evaluating and leveraging devices that deliver breakthrough
performance, capacity and power efficiency. The kit is the optimal
choice for advanced systems that need the highest performance and
highest bandwidth connectivity. The kit speeds the development of
designs that can leverage the full breadth of Virtex-7 FPGAs, all of
which offer maximum power efficiency--requiring 50 percent less power
than previous generation devices. ($3,495 with order entry open
late-February 2012)

Collaboration with the Xilinx ecosystem provides the rich diversity of solutions and applications that Xilinx Targeted Design Platforms offer. Here's what vendors who collaborated on the first three kits announced today have to say:

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