The folks at Xilinx
are launching new products like hotcakes at this year's Consumer Electronics Show (CES)
. For example, they've just announced immediate availability of the Xilinx Automotive (XA) Electronic Control Unit (ECU) Development Kit, based on their low-cost family of automotive-qualified Xilinx XA Spartan-3E field programmable gate arrays (FPGAs).
The XA Automotive ECU kit provides a platform for rapid development of in-vehicle networking, infotainment, driver assistance, and driver information systems. Xilinx will showcase XA-based solutions January 7-10 in Xilinx Booth #35768 (South Hall).
Xilinx teamed with Si-Gate GmbH, a leading provider of automotive electronics solutions, to develop the XA Automotive ECU Development Kit. The kit includes a development board with pre-engineered hardware interfaces, and supports a host of automotive application intellectual property (IP). With such a complete development environment, automotive designers can quickly evaluate devices and get their designs up and running right out of the box.
Out-of-the-box development system
The XA Automotive ECU Development Kit provides all the components needed to develop entire subsystems, including an XA1600E development board equipped with an XA Spartan-3E 1.6 million system gate FPGA, and on-board hardware interfaces such as CAN 2.0B and C, Ethernet 10/100, USB 2.0, SPI and SCI.
Pre-verified Xilinx and third-party application IP provides the necessary building blocks for developing MOST systems, FlexRay connectivity, along with high and low-speed CAN bus interfaces. The kit also includes a power supply with universal adapter, programming and custom serial cables, QuickStart Guide, and resource CD with a reference design for easy evaluation. Evaluation versions of the Xilinx Embedded Development Kit and ISE design tools are also supported.
About XA Spartan-3E FPGAs
The XA Spartan-3E FPGA family is tested to meet the needs of high-volume, cost-sensitive automotive electronics applications. The five-member family offers densities ranging from 100,000 to 1.6 million-system gates with various package options. XA devices are available in both extended-temperature Q-Grade (–40°C to +125°C Tj) and I-Grade (–40°C to +100°C Tj) and are qualified to the industry-recognized AEC-Q100 standard.
These 90-nm devices are claimed to deliver more functionality and I/O bandwidth per dollar than previously possible, setting new standards in the programmable logic industry.
Pricing and availability
The XA Automotive ECU Development Kit is immediately available for $1,495 USD. Visit www.xilinx.com/xa_ecu_devkit for more details.
About Xilinx automotive solutions
The Xilinx Automotive (XA) line of FPGAs and CPLDs are tested to the AEC-Q100 automotive qualification standard. Xilinx automotive solutions include LogiCORE and AllianceCORE IP portfolio, operating systems, middleware, software, and development boards. For more information about Xilinx automotive solutions, visit: www.xilinx.com/automotive.