Xilinx Design Platforms for Accelerating 7 Series FPGA Design and Integration

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Xilinx has launched a set of Targeted Design Platforms for accelerating systems development and integration with its 28nm 7 series FPGAs. The Targeted Design Platform approach is aimed at providing comprehensive development kits—complete with boards, ISE Design Suite tools, IP cores, reference designs and FPGA Mezzanine Card (FMC) support—so designers can begin applications development immediately.

The new kits include the Virtex-7 FPGA VC707 Evaluation Kit, the Kintex-7 FPGA KC705 Evaluation Kit, and the Kintex-7 FPGA DSP Kit with high-speed analog. These kits will showcase applications featuring low-power, FMC migration, high-speed connectivity and advanced Digital Signal Processing (DSP) performance. The kits also support Xilinx’s Agile Mixed Signal (AMS) analog interface capabilities, now available in all its 28nm devices for enabling general purpose analog integration.

The Kintex-7 FPGA KC705 Evaluation Kit provides a flexible framework for designing higher-level systems using DDR3, Gigabit Ethernet, PCI Express and other serial connectivity standards. An AMS header lets designers explore the AMS technology and see how the feature can trim BOM cost. Other communications features—high-speed GTX transceivers, SFP+ and SMA connectors—further extend the list of advanced capabilities that can be evaluated and leveraged from this platform. ($1,695)

The Kintex-7 FPGA DSP Kit, co-developed with Avnet Electronics Marketing, features the Kintex-7 FPGA KC705 board and includes an integrated high-speed analog FMC to interface to real-world signals. Featuring dual-channel 800 MSPS 16-bit digital-to-analog converters (DACs) and dual-channel 250 MSPS 14-bit analog-to-digital converters (ADCs), the high-speed analog module delivers exceptional throughput when combined with the massively parallel processing bandwidth of the DSP48E1 arithmetic processing engines in the Kintex-7 FPGA. Data paths to and from the DSP slices can be created and integrated into systems using industry-standard AXI4 interface conventions. ($3,995)

The Virtex-7 FPGA VC707 Evaluation Kit gives designers an easy starting point for evaluating and leveraging devices that deliver breakthrough performance, capacity and power efficiency. The kit is the optimal choice for advanced systems that need the highest performance and highest bandwidth connectivity. The kit speeds the development of designs that can leverage the full breadth of Virtex-7 FPGAs, all of which offer maximum power efficiency—requiring 50 percent less power than previous generation devices. ($3,495).

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