The recently-introduced Virtex-5 FXT FPGAs from Xilinx enable the integration of high-performance GTX serial transceivers and feature large numbers of DSP48E slices and embedded PowerPC 440 processor on a single FPGA, which makes them ideal for the high performance and low-power requirements of rugged defense and aerospace multi-computing applications.
Target defense and aerospace applications for which the Virtex-5 FXT is ideal include demanding image and signal processing problems such as radar, signal intelligence, software defined radio, and real-time imaging.
Optimized for embedded processing and memory-intensive applications with highest-speed serial connectivity, the Virtex-5 FPGAs offer integrated system-level capabilities that are claimed to shrink design cycles and reduce system cost. The Virtex-5 FXT platform joins Curtiss Wright's Virtex-5 LXT and SXT-FPGA based products in the deployment of heterogeneous systems along with digital signal processing (DSP) and general purpose processing elements in a range of commercial and rugged environments. The new FPGAs' support for low-power serial connectivity, including a built-in PCI Express block, will ease and speed the integration of such systems.
The folks at Mistral Solutions, who specialize in providing complete technology solutions and professional services in the embedded space, say that they've made available these new rugged board-level products from Curtiss Wright supporting the Xilinx Virtex-5 FXT FPGA.