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Xilinx and Altera recently announced new product launches – Xilinx’s UltraScale ASIC class ICs, and Altera’s Stratix Generation 10. Analysis of the available hardware, tool, and other information on both products shows what might be in store for designers with these new developments.
In situations were ASICs were previously used, designers are now exploring the use of FPGAs and using FPGAs for prototypes. FPGAs have come a long way in recent years, and the advancements in SystemVerilog tool support have made it an excellent tool for FPGA development.
FPGAs have been brimming with gates since the .2 micron barrier was broken, and those gates are cheaper than ever. But they’re still competing with lower-cost microcontrollers… and losing. Or are they?
The Xilinx Zync-7000 All Programmable SoC features an ARM dual-core Cortex-A9 processor + 28 nm programmable logic and the Analog Devices Intelligent Drives Kit delivers high-precision data converters and digital isolation to quickly prototype high-performance motor control, medical, surveillance, machine vision, and dual GbE industrial networking connectivity.
Alpha Data’s ADM-PCIE-7V3 FPGA processing card uses a Xilinx-7 FPGA for a power-efficient, high-performance acceleration. The card is targeted to increasing data throughput optimizing computing cluster performance for data center applications.
The TB-7VX-xxxT-PCIEXP series Virtex-7 FPGA evaluation platform for next-gen, high-performance applications comes in three models in three FPGA logic sizes. It supports large-scale PCI Express Gen3 for demanding applications like next-gen wired communication, large-scale SoC prototyping, and high-speed data processing.
To meet the demands of ASIC and SOC prototyping, PRO DESIGN launched the proFPGA Prototying System that includes proFPGA Builder software. Two proFPGA Xilinx Virtex 7 XCV2000T FPGA modules have a capacity that ranges up to 24M ASICA gates. Capacity is expanded by the use of a maximum of five proFPGA duo or quad systems.