Xilinx Optimizes Spartan-6 FPGAs to Reduce System Cost

Xilinx has optimized the Xilinx Automotive (XA) family of Spartan-6 field programmable gate arrays (FPGAs) for applications requiring high-speed connectivity and high-resolution video performance. The automotive-qualified devices provide the flexibility, scalability, and integration needed to reduce the system cost of automotive infotainment, driver assistance, driver information, and in-vehicle networking products. Shipments of select XA Spartan-6 FPGAs will start in the second half of this year. All devices can be ordered in a variety densities and packaging options.

XA Spartan-6 FPGAs offer a scalable architecture, increased connectivity options, and higher integration. XA Spartan-6 FPGAs also provide the silicon foundation for the Xilinx Infotainment Companion Chip Targeted Design Platform that will be introduced later this year. Automotive developers will be able to rapidly scale their infotainment designs with XA Spartan-6 FPGAs as companion chips to standard processors or application-specific standard products (ASSPs).

XA Spartan-6 FPGAs provide a cost-optimized mix of logic and integrated features with a range of density and package options that enable developers to scale designs across multiple vehicle platforms. XA Spartan-6 LX FPGAs offer up to 75K logic cells, 3.1Mbits of block RAM, 132 dedicated DSP slices for massive parallel processing at 250MHz, and support memory access rates of up to 800Mbps using integrated memory controllers. The hard-coded memory controllers and increased memory capacity of these devices enable fast buffering of video frames for vision-based driver assistance, infotainment, and hybrid driver information systems.

XA Spartan-6 LXT FPGAs with embedded 3.125Gbps low-power serial transceivers and PCI Express interface cores are ideal for chip-to-chip communications in automotive infotainment systems. The high-speed interface capabilities and high clock speeds of these devices are also well suited to the low-cost camera interfacing and processing performance requirements of driver assistance applications. Multiple high-bandwidth video links can be integrated on a single device using the new Automotive Pixel Link (APIX) core optimized for XA Spartan-6 FPGAs.

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