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Xilinx unveils Spartan-3A I/O-optimized FPGAs

Posted: 08 Dec 2006 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:Xilinx? Spartan-3A? I/O? field programmable gate arrays? FPGA?

Xilinx Inc. has unveiled the Spartan-3A family of I/O-optimized FPGAs, an extension of its low-cost, high volume Spartan-3 generation. The Spartan-3A platform promises a cost-reduced solution for applications where I/O count and capabilities matter more than logic density.

With support for 26 I/O standards, said to be the industry's widest range, and unique power, configuration capabilities and anticloning security advantages, said Xilinx, Spartan-3A FPGAs provide a flexible and cost-saving solution to new high-volume applications within consumer and industrial segments, such as display panel interfaces, video/tuner board interfaces and video switching.

Built on 90nm technology, this platform consists of five devices offering up to 1.4 million system gates and 502 I/Os. Offering the lowest cost per I/O in the industry, this family also features significant advances in power management, device configuration and design security, said Xilinx.

Customers can immediately begin designing systems with Spartan-3A FPGAs using the ISE design tool suite, Spartan-3 Generation library of application-specific IP and Spartan-3A starter kit. Engineering samples are shipping now for the XC3S700A and XC3S1400A devices with the XC3S50A, XC3S200A and XC3S400A devices to follow in Q1 2007. At customer production timeframes in 2007, the 3S700A device will list for $11.95 and the 3S1400A device at $16.95, both in 250,000-unit volumes.

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