SAN JOSE -- Xilinx Inc. here has announced a flexible Reed-Solomon solution that it said allows designers to greatly cut costs and speed time-to-market compared to using fixed-function application-specific standard parts (ASSPs).
Typical Reed-Solomon ASSPs cost about $20, according to Xilinx. But the San Jose company said Spartan-II field-programmable gate arrays (FPGAs) with the Reed-Solomon solution will cost just $9.95 in quantities of 250,000 units. The Spartan-II family provides 100,000 system gates at speeds of 200 MHz and beyond.
Xilinx includes user-parameterizable encoder and decoder LogiCORE products optimized for the Virtex, Virtex-E, Spartan, Spartan-XL, and XC4000FPGA families.
The Xilinx LogiCORE Reed-Solomon cores were created under a joint development program with Integrated Silicon Solution Ltd., based on ISS's HDL cores. Xilinx has incorporated its Smart-IP technology in the cores, so users can automatically configure the Reed-Solomon core and achieve a predictable, high-performance implementation unaffected by device size and surrounding user logic.
Users can choose from a list of pre-defined Reed-Solomon coding standards including ATSC, IESS-308, and DVB, or define a custom coding scheme. As a part of Xilinx's Silicon Xpresso initiative, the cores are configured and downloaded over the Internet by an easy-to-use configuration tool, which will give customers instant access to the latest releases.
"Xilinx demonstrates that it can deliver flexible silicon/IP solutions to improve time-to-market for its customers," said Babak Hedayati, director of intellectual property marketing andbusiness development. "By providing predictable and parameterizable Reed-Solomon cores with Spartan-II, Xilinx is offering a whole new value proposition previously not available to designers."
The Xilinx LogiCORE Reed-Solomon cores are available now, as well as data sheets and more product information, and can be configured and downloaded over the Internet from the Xilinx IP-Center.
The price for the encoder core is $500 and the price for the decoder core is $5,000.