The folks at XMOS, the creators of what they refer to as "Software Defined Silicon", have released a new package option for their G4 programmable device, the first member of the XS1-G4 family.
The new 144-pin BGA package option is designed for systems that require the smaller form factor (11 mm square). With a 0.8 mm ball pitch it is ideal for compact designs and simple PCB layout. For designs that require a full complement of 256 I/O pins a 512-pin BGA package is available.
Designed for fast development cycles and priced to meet production cost requirements, this new class of programmable chips is ideal for a wide range of electronics applications that require custom capabilities and differentiating features. Using an array of event-driven processors, reprogrammable chips from XMOS implement logic gates, control engines, and DSP functions. Designs for XMOS devices are created in the C language using design tools available in web-hosted and desktop versions.
To make it easy to evaluate and adopt XMOS technology, the folks at XMOS offer the $99 XC-1 development kit and free online design tools.
Typical applications for the XS1-G4 device include networked audio appliances such as AV receivers and IP Speakers, display and lighting control (LED tiles), and industrial automation.
Availability and pricing
The 144-pin G4 device is priced at $20.90 for samples (1-99 units) and $9.00 for 100K-250K quantities. The 512-pin G4 device is priced at $31.30 for samples and $13.50 for 100K-250K quantities. The 512-pin BGA is available immediately; the 144-pin option will be available in January.
For more information please visit the XMOS website at www.xmos.com.