The folks at Avnet Electronics Marketing have launched five new "On-Ramp Technical Sessions" featuring solutions from Xilinx programmable logic. These technical sessions feature live presentations and demonstrations that are free of charge for qualified Avnet customers.
Avnet subject matter experts are visiting customers across the globe to present the latest On-Ramp topics:
Peripheral Component Interconnect Express (PCIe) – PCIe is a computerexpansion cardinterfaceplatform designed to accelerate and enable full information transfer from the motherboard to the card without the use of additional hardware. Benefits of PCIe include accelerated file transfer and lower design and implementation costs.
Fibre Channel – Fibre Channel is a gigabit-speed network technology that has become the standard connection type for storage area networks (SAN) in enterprise storage. Demonstration includes using a Xilinx Core Generator to configure a Virtex-4 FX multi-gigabit transceiver (MGT) for Fibre Channel applications. Virtex-4 FX MGTs offer designers the ideal debug solution for server, storage sub-system, communication line card and backplane applications.
Spartan-3A Configuration – As the leading connectivity platform and industry's first anti-cloning security technology, Spartan-3A enhances flexible power management and enables cost effective design. Various application configuration options are demonstrated – including byte parallel interface (BPI), serial peripheral interface (SPI), and advantages and applications for multi-boot.
Virtex-5 GTP Reference Design – This On-Ramp shows how the Aurora protocol can be implemented on the Virtex-5 GTP transceivers – a fourth generation multi-gigabit transceiver technology. An overview of the Aurora LogiCORE is also presented, covering user interface, flow control, clocking and initialization.
Embedded Development Kit (EDK) 9.2 Demo for Spartan-E3 Starter Kit – EDK 9.2 provides a low-cost, easy to use development and evaluation platform for Spartan-3 field-programmable gate array (FPGA) designs. Demonstration includes the creation of a new MicroBlaze hardware platform from Xilinx Platform Studio (XPS) Base System Builder and highlights test applications run on the Spartan-3E Starter Board.
David Patterson, known for his pioneering research that led to RAID, clusters and more, is part of a team at UC Berkeley that recently made its RISC-V processor architecture an open source hardware offering. We talk with Patterson and one of his colleagues behind the effort about the opportunities they see, what new kinds of designs they hope to enable and what it means for today’s commercial processor giants such as Intel, ARM and Imagination Technologies.