SAN JOSE, Calif. Claiming the industry's lowest cost PCI Express starter kit, programmable logic vendor Xilinx Inc. Monday (April 3) unveiled a Xilinx PCI Express starter kit with a list price of $349, based on the company's Spartan-3 FPGAs.
The starter kit, compliant with PCI Express specification version 1.1, uses the PX1011A physical layer (PHY) from Philips Semiconductors and an optimized PCI Express intellectual property (IP) core from the Xilinx LogiCORE portfolio, Xilinx (San Jose) said. Using the kit, developers can now immediately deploy PCI Express capabilities for high-volume applications including add-in cards, host bus adapters, graphics cards and high-end servers, Xilinx said.
"PCI Express is now becoming the de facto standard in mainstream applications and developers need a low-cost, flexible approach to implement it," said Mark Aaldering, vice president of the Embedded Processing and IP division at Xilinx, in a statement. "With our starter kit, they get the best of both worlds a full-featured PCI Express solution based on an extremely cost-effective and programmable platform."
The Xilinx PCI Express Starter Kit consists of a reference board with a 1 million gate Spartan-3 FPGA, the Philips PHY, double data rate memory and flash memory, Xilinx said. It comes with evaluation versions of the Xilinx Integrated Software Environment Foundation and Embedded Developer Kit design software suites, the company said.
The PCI Express starter kit is priced at $349 and includes a limited time evaluation version of the Xilinx IP core, Xilinx said. The PCI Express LogiCORE IP core is priced at $14,000, and is available at a discounted price of $5.645 USD to registered attendees of the Avnet Speedway Workshops at the Embedded Systems Conference Silicon Valley, the company said.
Xilinx plans to demonstrate its complete PCI Express solution April 3 - 7, in booth No. 315, at the Embedded Systems Conference at San Jose's McEnery Convention Center April 3-7. More information about the Xilinx workshops at ESC 2006 is available on the company's Web site. ESC attendees can also receive a $100 discount on the PCI Express starter kit by visiting the Xilinx booth, the company said.