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FPGA-based kit designs smart car subsystems

Posted: 14 Jan 2008 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:CES 2008? automotive electronic control unit? FPGAs? FlexRay?

At last week's Consumer Electronics Show, Xilinx Inc. has announced immediate availability of the Xilinx Automotive (XA) Electronic Control Unit (ECU) Development Kit, based on its low-cost family of automotive-qualified Xilinx XA Spartan-3E FPGAs. The XA Automotive ECU kit provides a platform for rapid development of in-vehicle networking, infotainment, driver assistance and driver information systems.

Xilinx teamed with Si-Gate GmbH to develop the XA Automotive ECU Development Kit. The kit includes a development board with pre-engineered hardware interfaces, and supports a host of automotive application IP.

"The inherent flexibility and programmability of FPGAs have changed the way automotive systems designers think about development time. Now, it's all about making it easier for them to build more complex FPGA-based systems even faster, and reducing that key time-to-market," said Kevin Tanaka, worldwide automotive marketing and product planning manager of automotive division at Xilinx. "Our new Automotive ECU Development Kit does just that, enabling integration of low-cost FPGA platforms into a new breed of intelligent in-vehicle electronics."

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The XA Automotive ECU Development Kit provides all the components needed to develop entire subsystems, including an XA1600E development board equipped with an XA Spartan-3E 1.6 million system gate FPGA, and on-board hardware interfaces such as CAN 2.0B and C, Ethernet 10/100, USB 2.0, SPI and SCI.

Pre-verified Xilinx and third-party application IP provides the necessary building blocks for developing MOST systems, FlexRay connectivity, along with high and low-speed CAN bus interfaces. The kit also includes a power supply with universal adapter, programming and custom serial cables, QuickStart Guide and resource CD with a reference design for easy evaluation. Evaluation versions of the Xilinx Embedded Development Kit and ISE design tools are also supported.

The XA Automotive ECU Development Kit is available for $1,495.

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