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Xilinx unveils low-cost I/O-optimised FPGAs

Posted: 07 Dec 2006     Print Version  Bookmark and Share

Keywords:Xilinx  Spartan-3A  I/O-optimised  field programmable gate arrays  FPGAs 

Xilinx Inc. has unveiled its Spartan-3A family of I/O-optimised FPGAs, an extension of its low-cost, high volume Spartan-3 generation. The Spartan-3A platform provides a cost-reduced solution for applications where I/O count and capabilities matter more than logic density.

With support for the industry's widest range of I/O standards (26) and unique power, configuration capabilities and anti-cloning security advantages, said Xilinx, Spartan-3A FPGAs provide a flexible and cost-saving solution to new high-volume applications within consumer and industrial segments, such as display panel interfaces, video/tuner board interfaces and video switching.

"The cost and time-to-market advantages of Xilinx Spartan FPGAs have allowed us to meet very demanding product development objectives," said Jae-Chan Park, a senior engineer at Samsung Electronics. "We look forward to integrating the Spartan-3A platform in future product generations as they offer all the benefits of programmability with silicon optimised for our specific I/O requirements."

Built on 90nm technology, this platform consists of five devices offering up to 14 lakh system gates and 502 I/Os. Offering the lowest cost per I/O in the industry, this family also features significant advances in power management, device configuration and design security, said Xilinx.

Customers can immediately begin designing systems with Spartan-3A FPGAs using the ISE design tool suite, Spartan-3 Generation library of application-specific IP and Spartan-3A starter kit. Engineering samples are shipping now for the XC3S700A and XC3S1400A devices with the XC3S50A, XC3S200A and XC3S400A devices to follow in the first quarter of 2007. At customer production timeframes in 2007, the 3S700A device will list for Rs.543.96 ($11.95) and the 3S1400A device at Rs.771.56 ($16.95), both in 2.5 lakh unit volumes.

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