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FPGA DSP development kits address performance, cost needs

Posted: 30 Dec 2010 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:FPGA? DSP? digital signal processor? development kit?

Xilinx's new Spartan-6 FPGA, Virtex-6 FPGA DSP development kits address a full range of high performance to cost effective DSP requirements across the spectrum, including specific focus on peak performance, price-optimized performance and co-processing acceleration. The company developed the kits with AVnet, Mathworks, Texas Instruments (TI) and 4DSP.

The new DSP development kits include a new high-performance Virtex(R)-6 FPGA DSP kit with integrated ADC/DAC capability, an enhanced low-cost Spartan(R)-6 FPGA DSP Kit and a Spartan-6 FPGA Co-Processing DSP kit. All three kits have integrated AMBA(R)4 AXI(TM)4 interconnect and IP support.

Virtex-6 FPGA DSP Development Kit with integrated High Speed Data Converters

The new Virtex-6 FPGA DSP Development Kit targets peak signal processing performance applications and features TI' Analog-to-Digital Converters (ADC) and Digital-to-Analog Converters (DAC) on an FMC (FPGA Mezzanine Card) designed by 4DSP that enables customers to tune performance in both the analog and digital domains. The kit includes a targeted reference design that allows for full configuration and control of the ADC/DAC from the Virtex-6 FPGA, enabling users to optimize for signal-to-noise ratio loss points, as well as quantization, analog filtering and gain. The kit features AXI4 support to enable easy integration of Xilinx and third party IP with a high performance point-to-point interconnect optimized to reduce resource utilization with no impact on performance. The integration of ADC/DAC technology with Virtex-6 devices can save weeks or months of development time.

This DSP platform has broad applications in a wide variety of markets including aerospace and defense, medical technology, high performance computing, and next generation wireless communications.

Spartan-6 FPGA DSP Development Kit

For customers looking to add DSP to existing systems while optimizing performance at the best possible cost and power consumption, the new Spartan-6 FPGA DSP Development kit is an excellent entry level platform with added AXI4 support through the latest version of the Xilinx ISE Design Suite. The kit's baseboard includes a Spartan-6 LX150T device capable of delivering price optimized DSP performance and integrated transceivers for high speed system connectivity. In addition to a number of design tutorials, a Digital Up and Digital Down Conversion targeted reference design is supplied that can be used as-is out of the box or modified and extended within a familiar design environment of either RTL, (Model-Based Design with MATLAB and Simulink) or high-level "C" synthesis to accelerate development.

Spartan-6 FPGA Co-Processing DSP Kit

Xilinx and Avnet Electronics Marketing have developed a co-processing platform that enables software designers to reduce or eliminate application bottlenecks using the Spartan-6 FPGA to achieve system accelerations. The Spartan-6 FPGA Co-Processing DSP Kit optimizes the key strengths of high performance FPGAs, system control processing and digital signal processing in one integrated platform.

The Spartan-6 FPGA is ideal for off-loading or "Co-processing" ultra high performance digital signal processing or providing flexible peripheral expansion options. The kit includes an AXI4 Co-Processing reference design to illustrate these performance boosting capabilities. Designers can get started quickly using familiar design environments included with the kit.

Pricing: The Virtex-6 FPGA DSP kit, which includes the ML605 development board, Xilinx ISE System Edition, AXI4 DSP IP, Virtex-6 FPGA targeted reference design, and Texas Instruments ADC/DAC technology on an FMC daughter card from 4DSP, is available for $3,995.

The Spartan-6 FPGA DSP kit includes the Avnet Electronics Marketing LX150T development board, Xilinx ISE System Edition, AXI4 DSP IP, a Spartan-6 FPGA targeted reference design and is available today for $1,995. The Spartan-6 FPGA Co-Processing kit is available for order entry today for $1,695.

All DSP kit targeted reference designs are delivered in RTL, Simulink /System Generator formats to support user choice and to improve ease-of-use and productivity. Additionally, tutorials are available for customers looking to design using C/C++ using the AutoESL High level synthesis environment. Both MathWorks and AutoESL provide development tools for evaluation via their websites.

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