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Xilinx unveils FPGA, CPLD solutions for automotive apps

Posted: 26 Oct 2004 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:convergence 2004 automotive conference? xilinx? xilinx automotive family? xa family? fpga?

During the Convergence 2004 Automotive Conference, Xilinx Inc. announced the immediate availability of the Xilinx Automotive (XA) family, a new line of FPGA and CPLD solutions designed specifically to meet the requirements set by the automotive industry.

According to the company, the new XA line is the only programmable logic line to meet the Automotive Electronics Council AEC-Q100 qualification flow, full support of the Automotive Industry's Production Part Approval Process (PPAP) provision, and compliance to the ISO-TS16949 specification.

"As the leading PLD provider to the automotive market for several years, we have continued to provide the time-to-market and design flexibility benefits inherent to our programmable solutions," said Mustafa Veziroglu, GM of the Market-Specific Products Division at Xilinx. "The XA family will serve as a catalyst to exploit reconfigurable technologies that will ultimately drive new technologies and applications in the automobile."

The XA line consists of both FPGA and CPLD devices, providing flexibility for automotive device designers. The FPGA devices are available in densities ranging from 50,000 to 1,000,000 system gates in a variety of packages and the CPLD devices range in density from 32 to 256 macrocells with I/O ranging from 33 to 184. The new products operate over the extended temperate range with both Q-Grade (-40C to 125C) and I-Grade (-40C to 100C) devices.

The XA product line is complimented by a suite of IP optimized for the automotive market, including communications and connectivity cores, such as Controller Area Network (CAN) and Local Interconnect Network (LIN) IP cores provided by Xilinx AllianceCORE partners, as well as a variety of reference designs.

All XA devices are currently sampling. The XA series Spartan-3 FPGAs start at under $4.50 for 50K system gates, while the CoolRunner-II CPLDs start at under $1.25 for 32 Macrocells for production volumes of 25,000 units/year starting in the first half of 2005. Volume production quantities of AEC-Q100 automotive qualified XA devices will be available beginning in the first quarter of 2005.

The company's eSP web portal is dedicated to the design and development of automotive applications, and provides a comprehensive resource for system designers, delivering a powerful array of solutions and information in a single location.

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