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Low-cost devt platform rolls for 65nm Virtex-5 LX

Posted: 17 Oct 2006 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:Xilinx? ML50? development platform? Virtex-5? LX50?

Xilinx Inc. has announced the availability of the ML501 development platform for applications based on its 65nm Virtex-5 LX devices. The company said this low-cost platform combines the features of a 65nm LX50 device with the mainstream interfaces and connectors FPGA users expect.

The product features an on-board DDR2 SODIMM socket with 256Mbytes of memory that can be expanded by the user if desired, plus on-board flash memory for configuration bit stream storage. Single-ended and differential I/O expansion are provided, as well as commonly used interfaces such as USB, PS/2 for keyboard and mouse, an RJ-45 connector for 10/100 Ethernet networking, an RS-232 serial port, video output (DVI/VGA) and audio in and out ports.

Xilinx said the ML501 platform enables FPGA designers to take advantage of 30 percent higher logic fabric performance and 35 percent lower dynamic power than previous generation FPGAs. The LX50 device on the board contains 46,080 logic cells, 1,728KB of block RAM and 440 user I/O signals, providing enough capability to implement larger real-world applications, said the company.

The ML501 development board includes complete documentation including a user guide, getting started tutorial, schematics, Gerber plots and fab drawings. The development platform is priced at $995 and available through on-line channels today.

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