Spansion’s MirrorBit Flash memory is now available as a verified configuration solution for the Xilinx Spartan-6 FPGA family. The Spansion MirrorBit Multi-I/O Flash add-on module is compatible with the Xilinx Spartan-6 evaluation and development kits. It enables designers to easily evaluate and test various configuration options. The combined solutions can be used to develop an array of consumer, infotainment, video, and other cost and power-sensitive applications.
Spansion’s MirrorBit NOR GL family is featured on Avnet’s Spartan-6 LX150T FPGA development kit and the adaptor modules for Spansion’s MirrorBit Multi-I/O serial Flash memory product are available for the Xilinx Spartan-6 FPGA SP601, SP605, and Avnet LX16 evaluation kits. The configuration solutions are supported in the latest Xilinx ISE Design Suite tools, simplifying bit stream generation, and Flash programming.
Spansion MirrorBit Multi-I/O SPI family features the industry’s fastest serial read performance in addition to leading Multi-I/O throughput performance of up to 40MB/sec (80MHz per I/O in quad I/O mode) that enables faster boot up times using FPGA configuration data. The MirrorBit Multi-I/O SPI family includes 32-megabits (Mb), 64 Mb and 128Mb devices with all three densities shipping in volume production today.
MirrorBit NOR GL products operate at 3.0 volts (Vcc), feature a random read speed of 90-100 nanoseconds (ns) access, and offer a page read speed of 25 ns via an 8-word page buffer. The MirrorBit NOR GL products include 32 Mb – 1 Gb, with all densities shipping in volume production today.
Flash memory is an integral part of the FPGA solution, providing a software-based ability to define the way transistors are connected, enabling flexibility and fine tuning even after the device is assembled into a customer’s system. Flexibility and rapid development is always a key benefit when using an FPGA. Spansion supports flexible design as well through a Universal Footprint, with consistent packaging and pin outs across multiple densities. Designers can swap devices at any point in the design or product life cycle without impacting board design.
Beyond compatibility with the Spartan-6 family, Spansion Flash memory can also be paired easily with high-performance FPGA’s from the Xilinx Virtex-6 platform for even more demanding applications.