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Xilinx showcases auto, connectivity design platforms

Posted: 04 Mar 2011     Print Version  Bookmark and Share

Keywords:embedded  design  platforms  FPGAs 

Xilinx Inc. showcases specific design platforms targeting embedded processing, DSP, high-speed connectivity, industrial and automotive applications at the Embedded World trade show held at Nuremberg, Germany, from March 1-3, 2011.

The platforms demonstrate the flexibility and scalability of Xilinx FPGAs, minimising design risks for automotive driver assistance and information systems, industrial networking, energy efficient motor and embedded processing systems. The platforms also let designers start development right out of the box, eliminating the time traditionally needed to bring up prototype hardware.

The targeted design platform for motor control is based on the Xilinx Spartan-6 FPGA SP605 evaluation kit. It provides the building blocks needed to begin prototyping an intelligent drive control system. It features Xilinx motor control systems and industrial networking IP from Bosch and Beckhoff. The Spartan-6 FPGA hosts dedicated networking and motor control IP blocks operating alongside an on-chip MicroBlaze processor running application-specific software. MicroBlaze is a 32bit customisable processor that can be implemented fully in the FPGA fabric using Xilinx soft IP. Customers starting with this platform can integrate multiple control and communication functions on a single FPGA board, while retaining the flexibility to enhance performance and connectivity as future system demands evolve.

The targeted design platform for Ethernet comprises of programmable hardware, third-party software from Xilinx Alliance Member B&R, and a complete reference design. This platform reduces the time and resources needed for OEMs and engineers to produce fully functioning designs. The included daughter card supports multiple real-time industrial Ethernet protocols and legacy serial connectivity, as well as Xilinx ISE Design Suite: Embedded Edition. This platform provides well defined hardware that enables Xilinx to deliver robust and fully developed IP, which customers can use straight from the box.

The driver assistance surround view targeted design platform supports the productive development of automotive driver assistance and information systems requiring advanced image processing and graphic display options. It can process multiple camera inputs, where four cameras can be used for a surround view system, or decoupled into multiple systems, including rear view parking and blind spot detection. Different applications can be programmed into the same device. For example, back-up operations and forward blind-spot detection using the same cameras, sensor and other electronics can be repurposed for each task.

Scalable embedded 3D graphics based on the Infotainment Companion Chip Development Platform provide a parameteriseable solution for implementing low-cost, resource-constrained systems. With the logi3D IP core from Premier Xilinx Alliance Member Xylon serving as the 3D graphics engine, developers can integrate their own and other third party IP to customise their systems.

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