SAN JOSE--Xilinx Inc. here today said it was now shipping the world's largest programmable device--the Virtex field programmable gate array (FPGA), which is produced with 0.15-micron technology and copper interconnects.
The new FPGA has more than 3 million system gates, 40% more logic and 90% more on-chip RAM than the closest competing parts, according to Xilinx.
The Virtex-E architecture enabled the San Jose FPGA supplier to increase logic and RAM density while maintaining high performance, said Dennis Segers, senior vice president and general manager of the Advanced Products Group at Xilinx.
The Virtex-E series is now shipping with chip densities ranging from 50,000 to 3 million system gates. The 0.15-micron XCV3200E device operates at 1.8-volt core voltage. In addition to large memory blocks, the Virtex-E FPGAs feature eight digital delay locked loops (DLLs) for on- and off-chip clock management and programmable support for multiple differential signaling standards, including LVPECL, LVDS and Bus LVDS.
The Virtex XCV3200E is sampling now and is available in a CG1156 ball grid array package. Volume production is expected to begin in August. High-volume pricing $1,000 in the fourth quarter of 2001, according to Xilinx.