SAN JOSE -- Xilinx Inc. here announced today that it is now offering and end-to-end field-upgrading solution for Xilinx programmable logic developed with software provider GoAhead Software Inc. of Bellevue, Wash. The companies will jointly market the programmable logic upgrading solution.
To build the upgrade capability, the companies integrated Xilinx's Internet Reconfigurable Logic (IRL) technology with GoAhead FieldUpgrader, a management software program that enables manufacturers to automatically and remotely update and upgrade devices in the field. With it, manufacturers of embedded devices have a simple way to remotely upgrade their Xilinx FPGAs, for example, over the Internet.
The GoAhead-based solution "accelerates the ability for our customers to design Xilinx Online upgradable systems," said Rich Sevcik, senior vice president and general manager of software, cores and support at Xilinx. "In addition, GoAhead FieldUpgrader provides a secure means of transmitting upgrades by using the Digital Signature Standard DSS, which provides a strong security option for these network-based applications."
The GoAhead/Xilinx upgrading solution has several advantages over the current methods for upgrading embedded systems. In addition to reducing service costs by eliminating the need to send service personnel to perform manual upgrades, the GoAhead/Xilinx method also reduces risk by allowing bugs to be automatically fixed in the field, transparent to the user. The new solution also enables devices to stay in the field for a longer time period, ensures that devices receive the correct upgrades, and improves end user satisfaction.
"Partnering with Xilinx expands GoAhead's reach to all Xilinx customers," said Jim Airy, vice president of marketing at GoAhead. "By extending GoAhead FieldUpgrader's capabilities to include programmable logic hardware upgrades, customers can now remotely upgrade not only the software and firmware in their devices, but also the hardware."
By integrating Xilinx IRL technology with GoAhead FieldUpgrader, the companies created a complete system-level solution. The use of off-the-shelf tools eliminates the need for the customer to develop a proprietary communication architecture. The cross-platform solution is compatible with a variety of operating systems, including VxWorks from Wind River Systems Inc., Linux, and Microsoft Windows 95/98/NT/CE.
Separately today, GoAhead announced the release of GoAhead FieldUpgrader 2.2, the latest version of the company's remote upgrading software. GoAhead added an in-memory file system that allowsfor file manipulation in VxWorks devices lacking an external file system. Version 2.2 adds enhanced port configuration for increased security.