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Development kit propels Software Defined Silicon designs

Posted: 30 Sep 2008 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:Software Defined Silicon? development kit? programmable device XS1-G?

XC-1 development kit

Software Defined Silicon creator XMOS has come up with a credit card-sized development board that provides everything needed to start developing applications based on its XS1-G family of programmable devices. The XC-1 development card is available as part of the $99 XC-1 development kit and comes with all necessary support hardware and immediate access to XMOS' Web-based tool suite.

The XC-1 is powered from the host workstation's USB port, which also serves as the debug and download connection. Programs are designed, compiled and simulated using the on-line embedded development environment and downloaded to the card. To further accelerate development cycles, users have access to online sample code, demonstration projects, tutorials and a quick start guide.

At the heart of the XC-1 is the XS1-G4 programmable chip, offering four 32bit, XCore event-driven processors, capable of executing up to 32 simultaneous real-time tasks and managing up to 400 million events per second. With 1600MIPS performance, 256Kbytes of RAM and 32Kbytes of ROM, the chip will handle a broad range of hardware and software functions, from I/O interfaces through to DSP algorithms.

In its 85mm x 54mm format, the development card provides four pushbuttons, four status LEDs and 12 bi-color LEDs, along with a speaker for use with a software-driven 1bit DAC. Up to two XLink ports are available for connecting multiple XC-1 boards. The small form-factor means the card is ideal for installation in target applications and in embedded systems.

The XC-1 is easily interfaced to existing system hardware via 60 user I/O pins, and additional circuit components can be added using the board's 0.1-inch pitch through-hole prototyping area, says XMOS. The XC-1 is the newest member of the XMOS family of development kits and can be purchased online from

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