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Xilinx introduces new design tools for its DSPs

Posted: 09 May 2005 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:xilinx? design tool? dsp? system generator? dsp v7.1?

Xilinx Inc. has introduced new design tools aimed at easing the implementation of high sample rate or multi-channel signal processing designs onto Xilinx DSP devices.

The company said the tools, System Generator for DSP v7.1 and XtremeDSP Development Kit, can be used together to design and implement systems that include many of Xilinx's recently available wireless algorithms for 3G and 4G base stations.

System Generator for DSP v7.1 provides a design environment that enables system modeling, algorithm development, automatic hardware or bitstream generation and design verification/debug. Xilinx said this integrated flow allows designers with limited experience in HDL design techniques to work at a very high level and go from first concept to verified silicon within a matter of days, as opposed to months.

Xilinx said the XtremeDSP Development Kit includes a Virtex-4 SX35 device with up to 192 XtremeDSP slices. Each slice comprises an 18x18 bit multiplier and a 48-bit adder that can be configured dynamically at every clock cycle, the company said. The kit contains a hardware-in-the-loop co-simulation feature to allow designers to accelerate simulation speed by several orders of magnitude while simultaneously verifying a design in hardware, the company said. The kit also includes an analog card that houses converters useful in the development of wireless applications, Xilinx said.

The System Generator for DSP v7.1 tool is used with the ISE 7.1 FPGA design suite and priced at $995 for a limited time, according to Xilinx, while the XtremeDSP Development Kit is priced at $2,495 as a standalone product or $3,245 in combination with the System Generator for DSP v7.1 tool.

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