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What is Spartan-3E?
The Spartan-3E is seventh family in the low-cost Spartan Series from Xilinx Inc. Manufactured with advanced 90nm process technology, the series delivers up to 1.6 million system gates, up to 376 I/Os, and a versatile platform FPGA architecture for gate-centric designs. (Souce: Xilinx)
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2007-03-12 Memory interface appnotes overview
This document provides an overview of all Xilinx memory interface application notes that support Virtex series and Spartan series FPGAs. In addition, some key features of the prevalent memory technologies are also provided. For each application note, the data capture technique, clocking scheme, FPGA resources used, and supported memory technology are described briefly.
2002-12-03 Low-cost FPGAs: A prospect for Chinese OEMs
Altera Corp. and Xilinx Inc. are honing up low-cost FPGAs for Asian OEMs.
2006-06-16 Just how low can FPGAs go?
Perhaps the biggest barrier to FPGA use in applications is their high power consumption. But low-power FPGAs are technically feasible and may become economically viable as feature nodes shrink.
2005-07-01 Implementing high-performance DSPs using low-cost FPGAs
Low-cost FPGAs are optimized to provide high area efficiency when implementing signal-processing functions
2000-06-20 I/O characteristics of the 'XL FPGAs
This application note describes I/O parameters of the 'XL FPGA family in analog terms, giving the designer a better understanding of the circuit behavior.
2006-07-05 FPGA recall could cause Xilinx to lose $30M
According to Satya Chillara, an analyst with American Technology research, the Spartan-3 FPGA recall could cost Xilinx $20 million to $30 million in revenue.
2007-05-31 FPGA kits streamline DDR2 SDRAM devt
Xilinx Inc. rolls its low cost Spartan-3A FPGA development kit for DDR2 SDRAM interfaces, the Virtex-5 FPGA development platform (ML-561) for multiple high-performance memory interfaces (I/Fs) and the memory interface generator (MIG) software version 1.7.
2009-01-21 Fail-safe MultiBoot reference design
This application note describes a reference design that adds fail-safe mechanisms to the MultiBoot capabilities of the extended Spartan-3A family of FPGAs.
2008-09-17 Embedding high-performance, low-cost DSP functions
This document takes a look at some common high-performance DSP functions and calculates their effective implementation cost based on the published pricing of the underlying FPGA.
2010-12-06 Create wider memory interface with MCB
Learn how to merge the operation of two or more memory controller blocks to implement effective 32-bit or wider memory interfaces.
2007-02-05 Configuring Xilinx FPGAs with SPI serial flash
This application note discusses the Serial Peripheral Interface (SPI) configuration mode introduced in the Virtex-5 and Spartan-3E FPGA families. The required connections to configure the FPGA from a SPI serial flash device are discussed and the configuration flow for the SPI mode is shown.
2010-12-07 Configure FPGAs using SPI serial flash
Read about the serial peripheral interface (SPI) configuration mode introduced in the Virtex-5 and Spartan-3E FPGA families.
2002-06-28 Configuration quick start guidelines
This application note discusses the configuration and programming options for Xilinx's CPLD, FPGA, and PROM families, and lists some of the most popular configuration methods for each family.
2000-06-28 Choosing a Xilinx product family
This application note describes the various Xilinx product families. Differences between the families are highlighted. The focus of the discussion is how to choose the appropriate family for a particular application.
2004-05-31 Chipworks claims UMC-made 90nm part lacks low-k process
A Canadian semiconductor engineering services company claimed that the L90 manufacturing process from Taiwanese foundry United Microelectronics Corp. used in a Spartan-3 FPGA from Xilinx Inc. does not use a low-k interlayer dielectric, contrary to publicity material.
2009-02-17 Building strength amid the storm
In a difficult environment Gavrielov reckons that FPGA makers are sitting in some of the better seats.
2006-05-01 Board grants autonomy to robots
Analog Devices has teamed with robotics expert Fred Martin to create a single-board solution for autonomous robots.
2007-03-06 Avnet launches promotion on Xilinx products
Avnet Electronics Marketing launched a promotion on Xilinx products on the first day of the 12th annual IIC-China Conference and Exhibition in Shenzhen. Discounts up to 73 percent can be availed through April 15.
2002-06-25 Atmel quadruples density of ISP FPGA memory
Atmel Corp. has announced the availability of the AT17F080 In System Programmable FPGA configuration memory that features a density of 8Mb in an 8-pin, 36mm? LAP casing.
2004-10-13 Altium kits enable 'live' system development, testing
Altium released its new LiveDesign Evaluation Kits that include a low-cost evaluation board with the choice of either an Altera Cyclone or Xilinx Spartan-3 FPGA device.
2002-05-03 Aldec releases verification software for Xilinx devices
Aldec Inc. has announced the release of the Active-HDL 5.1 XE design software designed specifically for use with high-density Xilinx FPGA devices.
2002-06-28 A quick JTAG ISP checklist
This application note describes a short list of considerations needed for optimum performance of ISP designs. The considerations apply to Xilinx ISP device families.
2006-02-09 Xilinx upgrades PlanAhead tool
Xilinx announced version 8.1 of its PlanAhead software, a hierarchical design and analysis solution for Virtex-4 and Spartan-3 FPGAs.
2007-08-09 Xilinx provides free reference design for DDR2-400
Xilinx unrolls a free reference design that enables designers to quickly implement 400Mbps DDR2 SDRAM interfaces with Spartan-3 FPGAs.
2003-04-28 Xilinx FPGAs power Interativa LED display system
Xilinx Inc. has announced that LED displays manufacturer Interativa Paineis Eletronicos has selected the Xilinx Spartan Series and Virtex-II Platform FPGAs for their recently launched color LED display system.
2011-08-04 Xilinx FPGAs improve RIO platform
NI has expanded its RIO portfolio with the new devices that are built using Xilinx's Spartan-6 FPGAs.
2007-09-26 Xilinx DSP design kit goes at $300
Xilinx Inc. has introduced a low-cost development platform for implementing DSP designs using the Spartan-3A DSP family of low-cost FPGAs.
2006-01-09 Xilinx bares ExpressCard app
Xilinx demonstrated the industry's programmable ExpressCard application, comprised of the Philips PX1011A PCI Express PHY and PDD 2016 DVB-T module, a Xilinx Spartan-3E FPGA and an optimized Xilinx PCI Express LogiCORE IP core.
2008-09-13 Using a microprocessor to configure Xilinx FPGAs via Slave Serial or SelectMAP Mode
This application note provides a thorough discussion of FPGA configuration via a microprocessor, covering Virtex and Spartan FPGA families. Also, this application note presents a system-level model using a Xilinx CPLD to implement an interface to the FPGA configuration pins.
2008-09-12 Spread-spectrum clocking reception for displays
This application note shows that a spread-spectrum clock will drive the LVDS interfaces of Spartan-3E and Extended Spartan-3A family devices with no adverse effects on a system's performance. It describes how to estimate the maximum spread-spectrum clock modulation frequency for the Digital Clock Manager (DCM) and describes a simple test setup to evaluate the effects of the spread-spectrum clock on a typical LVDS communications path. Note: This application note applies to Spartan-3E and Extended Spartan-3A family devices only.
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