Xilinx unveiled a new generation of its low-cost Spartan FPGA family that integrates ubiquitous connectivity standards for a broad base of cost-sensitive applications. The family delivers twice the capability at less than 50 percent of the power. The family includes differentiated technology for such cost- and power-sensitive market segments as automotive infotainment, flat panel displays, and video surveillance. According to Xilinx, the industry's newest low-cost FPGA family enables system developers to meet demand for new features, while reducing system costs by up to half for lower power, ''green' products.
The Spartan-6 family is fabricated on a proven, low-power 45-nanometer, 9-metal layer, dual-oxide process technology to deliver an optimal balance of low risk, low cost, low power, and high performance. The family's efficient, dual-register 6-input LUT (look-up table) logic structure leverages the Virtex architecture to enable cross-platform compatibility and to optimize system performance. A selection of built-in system-level blocks--including DSP slices, high-speed transceivers, and PCI Express(R) interface cores--are also derived from the Virtex Series for greater system-level integration.
A new high-performance, integrated memory controller core supports DDR, DDR2, DDR3, and mobile DDR memories, along with a hardened multi-port bus structure for predictable timing and performance of up to DDR2/DDR3 800 (400MHz). Design wizards make the process of building memory controllers for Spartan-6 FPGAs simple and straight forward.
Innovation in advanced power management technology and the ability to operate at a lower power 1.0v core option enables the new Spartan-6 FPGA family to achieve 65 percent lower power than previous Spartan families. Fast, flexible I/Os enable over 12Gbps memory access bandwidth with 3.3 volt compatibility and 'greener' RoHS-compliant Pb-free packaging.
The Spartan-6 family comprises two domain-optimized FPGA platforms with a mix of features matched to stringent market requirements for price-sensitive, high-volume applications:
- Spartan-6 LX FPGAs are optimized for applications requiring the absolute lowest cost. They support up to 150K logic density, 4.8Mb memory, integrated memory controllers, and easy-to-use and high-performance system IP such as DSP blocks, with an open standards-based configuration.
- Spartan-6 LXT FPGAs extend the LX platform to deliver up to eight 3.125Gbps GTP transceivers and an integrated PCI Express-compatible core, both derived from proven Virtex technology, to provide the industry's lowest risk and lowest cost solution for serial connectivity.
Device details and software support are available now through the Spartan-6 early access program. Initial Spartan-6 devices are sampling now. Xilinx targeted design platforms will be available in the second half 2009. Xilinx Engineering Services support is also immediately available with engineering resources to augment customer design teams and provide expert design-specific advice and FPGA optimization. For more information, visit: Xilinx.
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