Xilinx unveiled the foundation for a new generation of "targeted design platforms" to enable system designers to increase productivity and minimize development costs. The targeted design platforms from Xilinx and a network of third parties will provide simpler, smarter, and more strategically viable methodologies for FPGA-based system-on-chip solutions targeting a wide variety of markets and applications.
The Virtex-6 and Spartan-6 FPGA families build upon 25 years of Xilinx market and technology experience, over 10 generations of FPGAs. These families exploit performance and cost benefits of proven advanced process technologies from UMC and new foundry partner Samsung to meet an insatiable global demand for higher bandwidth and greater performance at lower costs with less power for myriad end markets, ranging from automotive, consumer, and wired/wireless communications to aerospace and defense. Xilinx will be demonstrating these products at their booth at the Embedded Systems Conference in March.
According to Xilinx, the industry is seeing increased adoption of FPGAs for next-generation system designs in lieu of traditional application-specific integrated circuits (ASICs) and application-specific standard parts (ASSPs). Supporting the claim, Gartner, Inc. predicts the ratio of FPGA designs to ASIC designs was about 25 to one in 2008--highlighting a programmable imperative trend that the research firm expects to continue for the foreseeable future.
The Xilinx targeted design platform strategy encompasses the integration of five key elements:
- New Xilinx Virtex-6 and Spartan-6 FPGAs
- Design environments supporting and integrating industry-proven methodologies
- Scalable boards and kits adopting the industry standard FPGA Mezzanine Connector
- Socketable intellectual property (IP) cores
- Robust reference designs
Targeted design platforms enable software and hardware designers alike to leverage open standards, common design methodologies, development tools, and run-time platforms. This allows designers to spend less time developing the infrastructure of an application and more time building differentiating features into the end application.
For more information, visit: Xilinx or stop by Xilinx's booth at the Embedded Systems Conference in March. Xilinx is also holding sponsored sessions at the conference that, according to Bruce Fienberg (Xilinx's senior group communications manager of products and solutions) may touch on the 6th generation technology. These sessions, however, tend to be silicon agnostic and focus on tools and technique, depending on audience need, says Fienberg.
- Implementing an HD-Video Control Plane Embedded Processing System
- FPGA-based Co-Processing for DSPs using Model Based Design
See sponsored sessions
for more information.