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Virtex-5 FPGAs tailored for defense, aerospace

Posted: 19 May 2009 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:FPGA? Virtex-5? aerospace application?

Xilinx Inc. has rolled out a specialized family of Virtex-5 FPGA with features such as ruggedized packaging and advanced cryptographic capabilities tailored for the aerospace and defense industry.

The Virtex-5Q family offers 30 percent higher speeds, 65 percent more capacity and 35 percent lower dynamic power consumption on average compared with previous generations.

Consistent with the targeted design platforms marketing concept, the company announced a single-chip cryptography platform for secure communications systems. The platform combines the functionality of multiple FPGAs into a single device, enabling product developers to reduce the size, weight, power and cost of systems.

Devices within the Virtex-5Q family include LX, LXT, SXT and FXT variants. The 65nm LX and LXT family is aimed at high performance logic with connectivity including multi-gigabit serial transceivers, while the SXT family is intended for digital signal processing and the FXT family is aimed at embedded processing, Xilinx said.

The LXT version offers up to 331,000 logic gates. The devices boast a global clock speed of up to 500MHz and also feature partial reconfiguration capability.

In addition, Virtex-5Q offers a natural migration path from commercial-grade Virtex-5s. Aerospace and defense customers, who have been prototyping with the mainstream Virtex-5s can easily migrate to the Virtex-5Q family, according to Ian Land, senior marketing manager for aerospace and defense at Xilinx.

The Virtex-5Q family is the first defense-grade FPGA family to be offered with ruggedized packaging across the board for redundant protection against "tin-whiskering" and robust support for military assembly processes to ensure the highest quality possible for mission-critical applications, Xilinx claimed. All devices can be ordered in a variety of packaging options and in bare die form.

Xilinx declined to provide pricing information for the Virtex-5Q family. The first devices will begin shipping this quarter.

- Dylan McGrath
Programmable Logic DesignLine

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