SAN JOSE -- Xilinx Inc. here today released five low-cost prototyping and demonstration boards for customers to "test-drive" its Virtex high-density field-programmable gate arrays (FPGA)s.
Customers will be able to demonstrate the Virtex feature set and verify their own designs in a real-world hardware setting before moving into production. Xilinx and its partners and distributors now offer the widest array of demo boards according to application, performance, and price requirements, the company said.
The new boards are priced between $400 and $500 -- a signidicant saving, according to Virtex.
"Most demo boards start at over $1,000, so this is a real reduction in necessary development costs," said Bruce Weyer, senior director of marketing for the Xilinx High-End Division. "Using Xilinx demo boards facilitates quick design cycles. Customers don't have to spend valuable design time developing their own boards with these complete, easy-to-use packages."
Each demo board accesses all advanced FPGA features including the SelectRAM and SelectI/O features, eight DLLs, and all global clocks. The boards have a large prototyping area to accommodate other ICs or engineering experiments.
They also come with a user guide, reference design, and all the tools and hardware to begin using them immediately. Not only can the boards can be used with Xilinx's current Virtex and Virtex-E families, they are expected to be compatible with future families offered from Xilinx, according to the company.
The boards can be ordered directly through Xilinx sales, or can be ordered on-line through Xilinx Xpresso Cafe.