San Jose--Aug. 18, 1997--Xilinx Inc. (San Jose) announced it has begun volume shipments of the newest member of the XC9500 family of complex programmable logic devices (CPLDs) combining Flash technology and an advanced architecture with in-system programming (ISP) capability. This member of the Xilinx CPLD family has 288 macrocells.
Five members now comprise the XC9500 CPLD family--the XC9536, XC9572, XC95108, XC95216 and the XC95288 devices--and range in density from 36 to 288 macrocells in a variety of packages. The XC9500 family features architecture optimized for pin-locking. Pin-locking is a necessity for digital designers who want to take advantage of the XC9500 family's in-system programming (ISP) capability that enables remote equipment upgrades, easier prototyping, and simpler manufacturing.
Xilinx targets the XC9500 family at ISP users, who constitute the fastest growing segment of the CPLD market. In the manufacturing process, for example, ISP permits the new Xilinx CPLDs to be programmed and tested as part of the production process. This eliminates the need for device programmers and helps prevent mechanical damage that can occur to CPLDs during the manual programming process. ISP also eliminates labeling, inventorying and assembling of unprogrammed parts or revising parts that already have been programmed. Moreover, in the area of product life-cycle management, the in-system programming capability of the XC9500 family allows manufacturers to design equipment that can be maintained or diagnosed remotely in the field, eliminating the need to physically change out parts.
Prices for the XC9500 family begins at $65.50 for the XC95388 device in 100-unit quantities of the HQ208 package.
A variety of software is available to support the new XC9500 devices, including Xilinx XACTstep Foundation XABEL CPLD, and third-party packages from EDA vendors who are members of the Xilinx Alliance Partner Program. The XABEL CLPD enables PC-based designers to use industry-standard ABEL hardware description language for Xilinx CPLD designs. Prices for the software packages begin at $495 for complete XC9500 family support.
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