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Two new design tools from Xilinx

Posted: 10 May 2005 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:xilinx? system generator? dsp v7.1? development software? xtremedsp?

Xilinx Inc. announced the immediate availability of its System Generator for DSP v7.1 development software and XtremeDSP virtex-4 sx35 development kit for digital communication system design.

According to Xilinx, the new design tools make it easier for system and DSP designers to implement high sample rate or multi-channel signal processing designs onto Xilinx DSP devicesproviding a complete development path from system modeling to verified hardware.

The System Generator for DSP v7.1 tool 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, including RACH, searcher, HSDPA, DUC and DDC.

"With the Virtex-4 XtremeDSP development kit working in-the-loop with the System Generator for DSP tool, designers have an excellent development environment for creating and verifying high performance DSP systems for digital communications," said David Squires, director of marketing of the DSP Division at Xilinx. "Our DSP devices deliver exceptionally high performance through parallelism, making them ideal co-processors in the signal path for wireless and other digital communications applications."

The System Generator for DSP v7.1 tool allows designers to take advantage of the powerful capabilities of the XtremeDSP slice in Xilinx's Virtex-4 SX family with 500MHz throughput capability. Compared to competing 90nm FPGAs, Virtex-4 SX FPGAs offer 1.5 times more DSP performance, up to 3 times lower DSP power consumption, and deliver up to 12 times more GMACs per dollar, said the press release.

System Generator for DSP v7.1 supports all mainstream Xilinx DSP families, including the Spartan-3E family which includes 325MHz embedded 18x18 multipliers and is priced starting at $2 for 100K gates.

Developed in collaboration with Nallatech, the FPGA computing solutions company, the new XtremeDSP development kit includes a Virtex-4 SX35 device with up to 192 XtremeDSP slices. Each slice comprises an 18 x 18 bit multiplier and a 48-bit adder that can be configured dynamically at every clock cycle, allowing for tremendous flexibility and optimization.

A unique high-bandwidth hardware-in-the-loop co-simulation feature allows designers to accelerate simulation speed by several order's of magnitude, while simultaneously verifying a design in hardware, added Xilinx. The XtremeDSP development kit includes an analog card which houses a dual channel 14bit, 105MSPS ADC and a 14bit, 160MSPS DAC.

The System Generator for DSP v7.1 tool is used with the ISE 7.1i FPGA design suite from Xilinx. The tool is priced at $995 for a limited time. The Virtex-4 SX35 XtremeDSP development kit is immediately available and is priced at $2,495 (standalone) or $3245 in combination with the System Generator for DSP v7.1 tool.

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