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Xilinx unveils automotive-qualified FPGA family

Posted: 27 Feb 2014     Print Version  Bookmark and Share

Keywords:Xilinx  FPGA  automotive  ADAS  IVI 

Xilinx Inc. has extended its Artix-7 FPGA family for automotive applications. According to the firm, the XA Artix-7 portfolio expands the company's family of AEC-Q100 qualified FPGAs, offering best-in-class system performance per watt in applications such as advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS), in-vehicle infotainment (IVI) and driver information (DI).

"Xilinx XA Artix-7 devices satisfy the stringent quality and reliability standards of the automotive market and provides a scalable solution with advantages in power and system integration for optimum system-level architectural flexibility and cost," said Nick DiFiore, director of Xilinx's automotive segment. "The XA family is well suited for automotive applications requiring advanced video processing, complex DSP operations, or bridging to the latest interface or networking standards."

The XA Artix-7 family consists of four devices (XA7A35T, XA7A50T, XA7A75T and XA7A100T), providing from 30k to 101k logic cells, and industry leading I/O to package size ratio with up to 285 I/Os and packages as small as 10 x 10mm, noted the Xilinx. Rich integrated DSP capabilities provide up to 264 GMACs of signal processing performance, which is especially useful for image data processing in ADAS applications. Integrated gigabit transceivers, capable of data rates up to 6.25Gb/s, enable customers to implement fully integrated connectivity solutions like PCI Express Gen 2. Advanced features such as dynamic partial reconfiguration (DPR), AES encryption and an integrated analog mixed signal (AMS) block made up of 12bit 17-channel 1Msps ADC with internal temperature and supply voltage sensors, enable overall ECU BOM cost optimization.

The XA Artix-7 FPGAs complement the automotive qualified XA Zynq-7000 All Programmable SoC family. Both device families are produced using TSMC's high-performance, low-power (HPL) 28nm process, enabling a reduction of up to 50 percent in total power compared to previous generations or competing solutions, stated the company.

Customers using the XA Artix-7 family are given a variety of device/package combinations allowing them to up- or downscale the design according to changing project requirements. The device architecture also enables a smooth migration of IP or complete designs from or to XA-Zynq-7000 All Programmable SoCs.

Fully AEC-Q100 qualified Artix-7 XA7A100T FPGAs are available for mass production. XA7A35T, XA7A50T and XA7A75T will be available in Q4 of CY2014, though developers can begin their Artix-7 designs using available Xilinx design tools and associated commercial grade devices which are available now.

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