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Xilinx FPGAs go down to 28nm

Posted: 25 Mar 2011 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:FPGA? PL? 28nm?

Xilinx Inc. rolls out the first of its 7 series FPGAs with the shipment of the Kintex-7 K325T FPGA. This rollout marks the industry's fastest product rollout of next generation PL devices built with 28nm technology, according to the company, which delivered the devices in less than 90 days from tapeout by leveraging TSMC's 28nm HPL process.

The Kintex-7 K325T device is the first FPGA in its class to deliver the highest number of channels per dollar at less than 12W of power for LTE wireless radio cards and next generation wireless base stations. Kintex-7 FPGAs claim to provide the optimized price performance required for FPDs, ultrasound equipment and many other applications and includes high-bandwidth, low jitter serial transceivers to address price sensitive wired communication applications. The FPGA is the first of 28 devices that make up the 7 series FPGA that includes the Artix-7 and Virtex-7 FPGA families.

Kintex-7 K325T

The Kintex-7 K325T FPGA contains the industry's first 28nm Target Design Platform.

Kintex-7 FPGAs are designed to provide price performance at the lowest power to meet requirements for key applications. The Kintex-7 FPGA family leverages the unified architecture shared across the 7 series of 28nm device families so customers can begin FPGA development now for designs that may later migrate to Artix-7 and Virtex-7 FPGAs.

The devices are offered in conjunction with the Xilinx ISE Design Suite 13, AMBA 4 Advanced Extensible Interface (AXI) bus protocol-compliant IP, and targeted reference designs. All of these targeted design platform components run on the Kintex-7 FPGA KC705 evaluation board now being demonstrated for customers so that designers can evaluate the power consumption, performance, and capabilities of the new Kintex-7 K325T devices.

Xilinx is also introducing the industry's first 28nm Targeted Design Platform that combines the Kintex-7 K325T FPGA, ISE development tools, AXI 4 compliant IP, and an initial version of the base targeted reference design running on the Kintex-7 FPGA KC705 evaluation board.

The 7 series targeted design platform allows customer to evaluate the features available in the Kintex-7 FPGA family including Artix-7 and Virtex-7 FPGAs. Designers and engineers have an easy to use, flexible FPGA platform as an alternative to inflexible and slow-to-develop ASIC or ASSP-based silicon solutions.

Kintex-7 K325T FPGA initial samples are shipping now and order entry for the Kintex-7 FPGA base Targeted Design Platform that uses the Kintex-7 FPGA KC705 evaluation board will open in Q4 2011. The Virtex-7 485T FPGA and the 2 million logic cell 2000T will begin initial sampling in August and November of 2011, respectively. Artix-7 FPGA initial samples will ship first quarter of 2012.

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