Xilinx ships Zynq 7000 devices, claims first in extensible processing platform

by K C Krishnadas, TechOnline India - December 21, 2011

This represents a major milestone in the roll-out of a complete embedded processing platform that for the first time offers developers ASIC levels of performance and power consumption, the flexibility of an FPGA and the programmability of a microprocessor.

Xilinx said it has started shipping its Zynq-7000 family, claiming it to be the world’s first Extensible Processing Platform (EPP). The devices combinee ARM dual-core Cortex A9 MPCore processing system with Xilinx 28-nm unified programmable logic architecture. The Zynq architecture delivers a full embedded processing platform offering developers ASIC levels of performance and power consumption, the flexibility of an FPGA and the ease of programmability of a microprocessor.

The four devices of the Zynq-7000 EPP family allow designers to target cost sensitive, high-performance applications from a single platform using industry-standard tools. The tight integration of the processing system with programmable logic allows designers to build accelerators and peripherals to speed key functions by up to 10x. ARM architecture and ecosystem maximizes productivity and eases development for software and hardware developers.

Designers have access to a number of different tools to start designing with the Zynq-7000 EPP such as:

ISE Design Suite: Embedded Edition enables hardware teams to customize the programmable logic of the Zynq-7000 EPP device.

• The Zynq-7000 EPP Virtual Platform provides software developers with the tools necessary to immediately begin OS, driver and application development.

• Software teams can start application development using commercial Linux available through the Xilinx ecosystem or Open Source Linux for Zynq-7000 EPP.

Unlike ASICs and ASSPs,  Zynq-7000 devices allow designers to modify their design throughout the development phase and after the system is in production. Also, the Zynq-7000 EPP family, with over 3000 interconnections between its processing system and the programmable logic, offers levels of performance that two-chip solutions (ASSP+FPGA) cannot match due to limited IO bandwidth and limited power budgets.


Zynq-7000 enables differentiated applications 

Each device in the Zynq-7000 EPP family contains the same ARM dual-core Cortex-A9 MPCore based processing system, but programmable logic and I/O resources vary between devices and serve a wide range of applications in automotive, industrial motor control and broadcast cameras

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