Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Xilinx 28nm New 7 Series FPGAs

http://www.xilinx.com/technology/roadmap/7-series-fpgas.htm



Xilinx, Inc. yesterday announced the industry's first FPGA series that slashes total power consumption by 50 percent and offers industry-leading capacity of up to 2 million logic cells on the only unified architecture that scales across low-cost to ultra high-end families. Xilinx 7 series FPGAs further extend the range of applications programmable logic can address by breaking new ground in solving customer challenges for lower power and cost without compromising on higher capacity and increased performance. Implemented on 28-nanometer (nm) process technology optimized to deliver low power with high performance, the new families enable significant levels of productivity as skyrocketing development costs, complexity, and inflexibility of alternative ASIC and ASSP technology make FPGA platforms more relevant to an increasingly diverse community of designers.

The 28nm families extend Xilinx's Targeted Design Platform strategy introduced with the company's 40nm Virtex®-6 and 45nm Spartan®-6 FPGA families, now in volume production. The Targeted Design Platform strategy combines FPGAs, ISE® Design Suite software tools and IP, development kits, and targeted reference designs to enable customers to leverage their existing design investments and reduce their overall costs as they meet evolving market needs. In this new generation, Xilinx also takes a critical next step in its work to dramatically expand the ecosystem of available IP and designs that enable customers to focus on differentiation even as they transition to 28nm devices.

"The 7 series represents a new juncture for Xilinx, and the FPGA industry in general, as we bring our technology portfolio to new markets by putting a significant emphasis on lowering power consumption," said Xilinx President and CEO Moshe Gavrielov. "In addition to delivering what we and our customers expect from Moore's Law in terms of capacity and performance with each new generation, we continue our focus on opening programmable logic to a broader audience by delivering design platforms targeted toward the specific needs of new users and markets."

  • Virtex-7 Family: Delivering a 2X system performance improvement at 50 percent lower power compared to Virtex-6 devices, the ultra high-end Virtex-7 family sets new industry benchmarks with 1.8X greater signal processing performance, 1.6x greater I/O bandwidth, 2X greater memory bandwidth with 2133 Mbps memory interfacing performance, and delivers the industry's largest density FPGA with 2 million logic cells, which is 2.5X greater density than any previous or existing FPGA. EasyPath-7 devices are also available for all Virtex-7 FPGAs for a guaranteed 35% cost reduction without requiring any design conversion. Virtex-7 devices enable 400G bridging and switch fabric wired communication systems that are at the heart of the global wired infrastructure, advance RADAR systems, and high-performance computer systems that require single-chip TeraMACC signal processing capabilities, as well as the logic density, performance, and I/O bandwidth required for next generation test and measurement equipment. The Virtex-7 family will include "XT" extended capability devices with as many as 80 transceivers supporting individual line rates up to 13.1Gbps and devices that provide up to 1.9Tbps serial bandwidth. Also, these devices offer up to 850 SelectIO pins enabling the industry's greatest number of parallel banks of 72-bit DDR3 memory interfaces supporting 2133Mbps. Future devices will also feature 28Gbps transceivers.
  • Kintex-7 Family: Establishing a new category of FPGAs, the Kintex-7 family delivers Virtex-6 family performance at less than half the price for a 2x price/performance improvement while consuming 50 percent less power. The family includes high-performance 10.3Gbps or lower-cost optimized 6.5Gbps serial connectivity, memory, and logic performance required for applications such as high volume 10G optical wired communication equipment. It also provides a balance of signal processing performance, power consumption, and cost to support the deployment of Long Term Evolution (LTE) wireless networks, meet the aggressive power and cost requirements required for next generation high definition 3D flat panel displays, and deliver the performance and bandwidth needed for next generation broadcast video-on-demand systems.
  • Artix-7 Family: Delivering 50 percent lower power and 35 percent lower cost compared to the Spartan-6 family, the Artix-7 family utilizes small form-factor packaging and the unified Virtex-series based architecture to deliver the performance required to address cost-sensitive, high-volume markets previously served by ASSPs, ASICs, and low-cost FPGAs. This new family meets low power performance requirements of battery-powered portable ultrasound equipment, and addresses small form factor, low power requirements for commercial digital camera lens control, as well as the strict size, weight, power, and cost (SWAPc) requirements for military avionics and communications equipment.

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