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development kits and tools

Kickstarter: Red Pitaya Open Source Measurement and Control Tool

Red Pitaya open source measurement and control tool

Red Pitaya is raising money on Kickstarter for their open source measurement and control tool. The Red Pitaya tool replaces many expensive laboratory instruments for only a few hundred dollars. For instance, their tool can be use as an oscilloscope, spectrum analyzer, arbitrary signal generator, frequency response analyzer, and PID controller. The tool features a FPGA: Xilinx Zynq 7010 SoC (17,600 LUTs, 28k Logic Cells, 80 DSP slices).

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Impulse Accelerated Technologies Debuts AOE Experimenter’s Software Simulator

Experimenter's Simulation Software

Impulse Accelerated Technologies introduced software that helps developers to quickly evaluate the architecture offered by Solarflare’s new ApplicationOnload Engine (AOE). Solarflare’s AOE integrates a large Altera FPGA in a network-friendly PCIe form factor. It is a platform for developers to explore software/hardware codesign, and it can scale up for field deployment.

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Helix_4 FPGA Module Features Altera Cyclone IV E FPGA

Thin Layer Embedded helix_4 FPGA module

The helix_4, by Thin Layer Embedded, is a FPGA module system that helps designers to prototype and quickly build products. It features an Altera Cyclone IV E FPGA. The development board also includes DDR2 DRAM, SRAM, flash, 50MHz oscillator, power supplies and an Atmel ATSHA204 Authentication IC/EEPROM. helix_4 modules are available for pre-order through Thin Layer’s IndieGoGo crowd-funding campaign, and will be stocked at after September 2013.

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Microsemi System Builder Simplifies Design Process for SmartFusion2 SoC FPGA

Microsemi introduced System Builder design tool for the SmartFusion2 SoC FPGA devices. The System Builder tool simplifies the design process for Microsemi’s SmartFusion2 SoC FPGAs in embedded system applications. With System Builder, designers can quickly and easily define the desired system architecture via a high-level step-by-step process.

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Plunify Takes Altera Quartus II FPGA Tools to the Cloud

Plunify cloud platform for Quartus II tools

Plunify introduced the Altera Quartus II cloud platform for designing with Stratix, Cyclone and Arria FPGA devices. The cloud tool helps FPGA designers to accelerate chip design workflows, and save time and money in the process. Quartus II is an easy-to-use software platform for programmable logic design. The new relationship with Altera marks the production availability of Plunify’s cloud based solution for FPGA design.

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Lattice Semiconductor Debuts Diamond v2.2, iCEcube2 v2013-03 Software

Lattice Semiconductor released Diamond v2.2 FPGA logic design software and iCEcube2 v2013-03 software for the iCE40 device family. Both Lattice software tools can be downloaded now. Lattice Diamond and iCEcube2 are ideal for low-power, low-cost, space-constrained systems. The software releases support new additions to Lattice’s ultra-low density FPGA product line.

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Avnet Electronics Debuts Production-Grade ZedBoard

Production-grade ZedBoard | Avnet Electronics Marketing

Avnet Electronics Marketing rolled out the production-grade ZedBoard. According to the company, it is the industry’s first development kit to offer production silicon of the Xilinx Zynq-7000 All Programmable (AP) SoC. The ZedBoard kit includes the ZedBoard, power supply, USB cable, and pre-configured SD card containing a bootable Linux reference design. The ZedBoard is available now for $395.

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Altera Releases SDK for OpenCL and Third Party Production Boards

Altera SDK for OpenCL and supported third-party production boards

Altera has released a SDK for OpenCL and supported third-party production boards. The SDK for OpenCL enables software programmers to access the high-performance capabilities of programmable logic devices. The Altera SDK for OpenCL is currently available for download. The annual software subscription for the SDK for OpenCL is $995 for a node-locked PC license.

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Avnet Unveils Xilinx Zynq-7000 All Programmable SoC Mini-Module Plus

Xilinx Zynq-7000 AP SoC Mini-Module Plus | Avnet Electronics Marketing

Avnet Electronics Marketing announced the Xilinx Zynq-7000 All Programmable (AP) SoC Mini-Module Plus. The new product is a system-on-module (SOM) based on the Xilinx Zynq-7000 AP SoC XC7Z045T device. A complete Xilinx Zynq-7000 AP SoC Mini-Module Plus System including Mini-Module Plus baseboard, Zynq-7000 AP SoC module, and Mini-Module Plus power module is priced at $2,095.

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ScanWorks PXI-100 Controller Supports JTAG, PCT, FPGA Controlled Tests, Internal JTAG

ASSET InterTech PXI-100 controller for the ScanWorks platform

ASSET InterTech introduced the PXI-100 controller for the ScanWorks platform for debug, validation and test. The PXI-based controller can apply boundary-scan tests based on the IEEE 1149.1/6 standards (JTAG), processor-controlled tests (PCT), FPGA-controlled tests (FCT) and access instruments embedded in chips via the IEEE P1687 Internal JTAG (IJTAG) standard. The PXI-1000 ScanWorks platform controller is available now. Prices start at $4,995.

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