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Analog Devices recently launched the JESD204B Xilinx Transceiver Debug Tool. The FPGA-based reference design with software and HDL code reduces the design risk of high-speed systems incorporating JESD204B-compatible converters. It supports the 312.5-Mbps to 12.5-Gbps JESD204B data converter-to-FPGA serial data interface and Xilinx Inc., 7 series FPGAs and Zynq-7000 All Programmable SoCs.
Altera introduced five new low-cost development kits based on its Cyclone V FPGAs. The Altera kits make it easy for designers to cost-effectively get started on FPGA development with an entry point of just $49. Altera’s portfolio of low-cost CPLDs, FPGAs and SoCs are available now in production. All low-cost development kits supporting the portfolio are available today.
Breker Verification Systems introduced their TrekSoC-Si tool for automatically generates multi-threaded, multi-processor, self-verifying C test cases that run on the SoC’s embedded processors on in-circuit emulation (ICE) platforms, field programmable gate array (FPGA) prototypes and production silicon. The tool eliminates the need to hand-write tests for embedded processors in simulation and acceleration. TrekSoC-Si is shipping now.
Xilinx introduced their Virtex-7 FPGA VC709 Connectivity Kit. The tool is a 40 Gbps platform that enables designers to accelerate design productivity for high-bandwidth and high-performance applications, such as network interface cards for security, network monitoring, and high frequency trading appliances. The Virtex-7 FPGA VC709 Connectivity Kit is available now for shipping. It is priced at $4,995.
Microsemi introduced the IGLOO2 FPGA Evaluation Kit. The low-cost kit is a PCI Express (PCIe) compliant form factor evaluation platform. The IGLOO2 FPGA Evaluation Kit is available now for an introductory price of $99 (for the first 1,000 orders). The kit includes Microsemi’s Libero SoC Gold Software License for designing with Microsemi FPGAs and SoC FPGAs.
ASSET InterTech published a new ebook that explains how cost-effective verification of system clocks during prototype circuit board bring-up and manufacturing can be accomplished with several different methods based on JTAG and boundary-scan testing or IP in an FPGA. The title of the ebook is Testing System Clocks with Boundary Scan (JTAG) and an FPGA.
ASSET InterTech published a new ebook about the pros and cons of several different methods for programming memory devices connected to the Serial Peripheral Interface (SPI) bus. Each method takes advantage of a Field Programmable Gate Array (FPGA) that is already on the board for functional purposes. The title of the technical article is At-Speed SPI Flash/EEPROM Programming Using FPGA and JTAG.
Xilinx introduced their All Programmable Abstractions initiative. Xilinx All Programmable Abstractions improve productivity of hardware designers and help systems and software developers to directly leverage All Programmable FPGA, SoCs, and 3D ICs. Xilinx and its ecosystem Alliance members now support a combination of software, model, platform, and IP-based design environments.
Avnet Electronics Marketing announced the MicroZed evaluation kit. MicroZed is based on the Xilinx Zynq-7000 All Programmable SoC. The standard MicroZed evaluation kit includes a MicroZed board, a micro USB cable, a 4 GB µSD card, a Xilinx Vivado Design Suite: WebPACK Edition license with Logic Analyzer, and a getting started card. MicroZed is available now for $199.