Xilinx launches first Targeted Design Platforms for accelerating systems development and integration

by K C Krishnadas, TechOnline India - February 02, 2012

The company says this is the industry’s first complete development kits for increasing system performance, lowering power, and reducing BoM with 28-nm FPGAs.

Xilinx has launched its first Targeted Design Platforms for accelerating systems development and integration with its 28-nm 7 series Field-Programmable Gate Arrays (FPGAs). The Targeted Design Platform approach to FPGA system design and integration provides 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.

“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...Customers now have access to base and domain platforms as well as a range of ecosystem offerings for evaluating, developing and deploying systems...,”  said Vin Ratford, Senior Vice President, World Wide Marketing, Xilinx. 

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 utilization of Xilinx FPGAs.

Ecosystem support and Open Standards

The board, design service, IP, and tool vendors in the Xilinx Alliance Program provide the diversity of development solutions and applications that enable Xilinx Targeted Design Platforms.

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.

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 design planner available in ISE, 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.

• 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. 

• The Kintex-7 FPGA DSP Kit co-developed with Avnet Electronic Marketing features the Kintex-7 FPGA KC705 board and includes an integrated high-speed analog FMC to interface to real-world signals.

• 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.  

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