Xilinx Virtex-7, Kintex-7, and Artix-7 FPGA Families

Xilinx launched the 7 Series of FPGA devices — Virtex-7, Kintex-7, and Artix-7 families. Xilinx 7 series FPGAs reduce total power consumption by 50% and feature up to 2 million logic cells. The Xilinx 7 series FPGAs are implemented on 28-nanometer (nm) process technology.The new FPGA families enable developers to implement programmable solutions in a range of systems that had previously only been achievable in ASSPs or ASICs, including portable ultrasound equipment consuming less than 2 watts and automobile infotainment systems driven by 12 volts, as well as low-cost LTE baseband and femtocell base stations. Initial devices will be available in Q1 of CY2011.

All 7 series FPGAs share a unified architecture that enables engineers to easily scale designs up or down in capability to reduce cost and power or increase performance and capability, thereby reducing investment in developing and deploying products across low-cost and high-performance families. The architecture is derived from the Virtex-series-based architecture and has been designed to simplify reuse of current Virtex-6 and Spartan-6 FPGA designs. It is also supported by the EasyPath FPGA cost reduction solution that further improves productivity by enabling a guaranteed 35% cost reduction with no incremental conversion or engineering investment.

Xilinx Artix-7 FPGA Family

  • Address cost-sensitive, high-volume markets with a Virtex architecture-based FPGA
  • 50% improvement in power and 35% improvement in cost over previous generation FPGAs
  • 3.75Gpbs serial connectivity with built-in Gen1 x4 PCI Express technology
  • Wire-bond chip-scale BGA packaging for small form factor and low cost
  • Size, weight, and power characteristics ideally suited for demanding handheld applications like portable ultrasound, digital camera control, and software defined radio

Xilinx Kintex-7 FPGA Family

  • A new class of FPGAs offering Virtex FPGA-class capabilities with a 2x improvement in price-performance
  • 50% improvement in power over previous generation FPGAs
  • 10.3125Gbps serial connectivity and built-in Gen2 x8 PCI Express technology
  • Abundant Block RAM and DSP resources ideal for wireless LTE infrastructure equipment, LED backlit and 3D digital video displays, medical imaging, and avionics imaging systems

Xilinx Virtex-7 FPGA Family

  • Capacity with up to 2M logic cells
  • Over 2X system performance advantage enabled by up to 2.4Terabits/sec I/O bandwidth and 4.7 TMACS DSP performance
  • Enables next generation 100GE line cards, 300G bridges, Terabit switch fabric, 100G OTN muxponder, RADAR, and ASIC emulation
  • Flexible and risk-free cost reduction path for Virtex-7 FPGAs designs available with EasyPath-7 FPGAs

More info: Xilinx 7 Series of FPGA Devices