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XMOS relays new package choice for G4 line

Posted: 05 Dec 2008 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:programmable device G4? choices option package?

The folks at XMOS, the creators of what they refer to as "Software Defined Silicon", have released a new package option for their G4 programmable device, the first member of the XS1-G4 family.

The new 144-pin BGA package option is designed for systems that require the smaller form factor (11mm square). With a 0.8mm ball pitch it is suitable for compact designs and simple PCB layout. For designs that require a full complement of 256 I/O pins a 512-pin BGA package is available.

Designed for fast development cycles and priced to meet production cost requirements, this new class of programmable chips is ideal for a wide range of electronics applications that require custom capabilities and differentiating features. Using an array of event-driven processors, reprogrammable chips from XMOS implement logic gates, control engines, and DSP functions. Designs for XMOS devices are created in the C language using design tools available in Web-hosted and desktop versions.

To make it easy to evaluate and adopt XMOS technology, the folks at XMOS offer the $99 XC-1 development kit and free online design tools.

Typical applications for the XS1-G4 device include networked audio appliances such as AV receivers and IP Speakers, display and lighting control (LED tiles), and industrial automation.

The 144-pin G4 device is priced at $20.90 for samples (1-99 units) and $9.00 for 100K-250K quantities. The 512-pin G4 device is priced at $31.30 for samples and $13.50 for 100K-250K quantities. The 512-pin BGA is available immediately; the 144-pin option will be available in January.

- Clive Maxfield
Programmable Logic DesignLine

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