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Xilinx platform accelerates FPGA-based DSP design

Posted: 18 Dec 2003 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:xilinx? system generator? dsp tool? chipscope pro tool? fpga?

Xilinx Inc. has announced that it is shipping its next generation System Generator for DSP tool v.6.1 that allows designers to link their custom boards via a generic JTAG interface and reduce overall simulation time.

Designers can also perform real-time signal capture for debugging at system speeds with easy access to the ChipScope Pro tool. The company has also released an enhanced version of its XtremeDSP Development Kit that supports hardware co-simulation using the System Generator for DSP tool.

The System Generator for DSP tool reduces simulation time and simplifies the overall design process. It allows designers to incorporate their FPGA hardware directly into The MathWork's Simulink tool using a JTAG interface. At the push of a button, a designer can automatically generate a FPGA bit-stream from the Simulink tool and incorporate the FPGA back into the system level simulation as a run-time block. This approach simplifies FPGA-based DSP design.

Developed in conjunction with Nallatech, the XtremeDSP Development Kit supports 14-bit (MSPS) ADCs and DACs, and a three million gate, 2V3000 FPGA. The kit is suitable for implementing real-time reconfigurable signal processing systems and seamlessly supports hardware co-simulation with the System Generator for DSP tool via its PCI interface.

The System Generator for DSP v6.1 tool is available for use with all of the company's FPGA families, including the Virtex-II Pro and Spartan-3 families. The product is priced at $1,995, while the XtremeDSP Development Kit is priced at $2,495. A System Generator for DSP tool/XtremeDSP Development Kit bundle is available for $3,490.

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