Xilinx has just announced the availability of three new development kits that further extend the ability of digital signal processing developers to easily adopt FPGAs in order to reach the highest levels of signal processing performance, optimize for cost and power, and relieve system bottlenecks through co-processing.
As Xilinx Targeted Design Platforms are made possible through work with industry-leading distribution, design services, tools and hardware partners, the new additions to the Xilinx DSP portfolio give developers the hardware, tools and reference designs to ensure a productive design flow across a diverse range of DSP applications.
Xilinx Targeted Design Platforms for DSP can easily scale for adding new capabilities, standards, features and support. Xilinx, customers, partners or other third parties can easily deliver enhanced capabilities to an existing platform, which increases value for end users and reduces development and investment schedules. The DSP Targeted Design Platforms address application requirements across the performance spectrum, including specific focus on peak performance, price-optimized performance and co-processing acceleration.
The new DSP development kits include a new high-performance Virtex-6 FPGA DSP kit with integrated ADC/DAC capability, an enhanced low-cost Spartan-6 FPGA DSP Kit and a Spartan-6 FPGA Co-Processing DSP kit. All three kits have integrated AMBA4 AXI 4 interconnect and IP support.
Virtex-6 FPGA DSP development kit with integrated high speed data converters
The new Virtex-6 FPGA DSP Development Kit targets peak signal processing performance applications and features Texas Instruments’ Analog-to-Digital Converters (ADC) and Digital-to-Analog Converters (DAC) on an FMC (FPGA Mezzanine Card) designed by 4DSP that enables customers to tune performance in both the analog and digital domains. The kit includes a targeted reference design that allows for full configuration and control of the ADC/DAC from the Virtex-6 FPGA, enabling users to optimize for signal-to-noise ratio loss points, as well as quantization, analog filtering and gain. The kit features AXI4 support to enable easy integration of Xilinx and third party IP with a high performance point-to-point interconnect optimized to reduce resource utilization with no impact on performance. The integration of ADC/DAC technology with Virtex-6 devices can save weeks or months of development time.
This DSP platform has broad applications in a wide variety of markets including aerospace and defense, medical technology, high performance computing, and next generation wireless communications. Spartan-6 FPGA DSP development kit
For customers looking to add DSP to existing systems while optimizing performance at the best possible cost and power consumption, the new Spartan-6 FPGA DSP Development kit is an excellent entry level platform with added AXI4 support through the latest version of the Xilinx ISE Design Suite. The kit’s baseboard includes a Spartan-6 LX150T device capable of delivering price optimized DSP performance and integrated transceivers for high speed system connectivity. In addition to a number of design tutorials, a Digital Up and Digital Down Conversion targeted reference design is supplied that can be used as-is out of the box or modified and extended within a familiar design environment of either RTL, (Model-Based Design with MATLAB and Simulink) or high-level “C” synthesis to accelerate development.
Spartan-6 FPGA co-processing DSP kit
Xilinx and Avnet Electronics Marketing have developed a co-processing platform that enables software designers to reduce or eliminate application bottlenecks using the Spartan-6 FPGA to achieve system accelerations. The Spartan-6 FPGA Co-Processing DSP Kit optimizes the key strengths of high performance FPGAs, system control processing and digital signal processing in one integrated platform.
The Spartan-6 FPGA is ideal for off-loading or “Co-processing” ultra high performance digital signal processing or providing flexible peripheral expansion options. The kit includes an AXI4 Co-Processing reference design to illustrate these performance boosting capabilities. Designers can get started quickly using familiar design environments included with the kit. Pricing and availability
The Virtex-6 FPGA DSP kit, which includes the ML605 development board, Xilinx ISE System Edition, AXI4 DSP IP, Virtex-6 FPGA targeted reference design, and Texas Instruments ADC/DAC technology on an FMC daughter card from 4DSP, is available today for $3,995. Please visit www.em.avnet.com/virtex6dsp2
The Spartan-6 FPGA DSP kit includes the Avnet Electronics Marketing LX150T development board, Xilinx ISE System Edition, AXI4 DSP IP, a Spartan-6 FPGA targeted reference design and is available today for $1,995. The Spartan-6 FPGA Co-Processing kit is available for order entry today for $1,695. Please visit www.em.avnet.com/spartan6dsp
All DSP kit targeted reference designs are delivered in RTL, Simulink /System Generator formats to support user choice and to improve ease-of-use and productivity. Additionally, tutorials are available for customers looking to design using C/C++ using the AutoESL High level synthesis environment. Both MathWorks and AutoESL provide development tools for evaluation via their websites. For more information about Xilinx Targeted Design Platforms for DSP, please visit www.xilinx.com/technology/dsp.htm