Microsemi will host a webinar on single event upset (SEU). Attendees will learn about the risks and consequences of configuration failures in Flash, Antifuse and SRAM FPGA technologies, as well as background information on the physical failure mechanisms associated with SEUs. The webcast is titled SEU Immunity: Is Your Design Really Safe? The online seminar will take place Wednesday, April 17 at 8 am PDT.
MSC and eVision Systems will be hosting Lattice FPGA workshops next month. The one-day events will focus on FPGA design with VHDL using MachXO2 devices from Lattice Semiconductor. The workshops are held in German language with English slides. The workshop costs 129€ per person plus VAT. The training includes a MachXO2 Breakout Board and Lattice SW starter kit.
Avnet Electronics Marketing will hold a series of SpeedWay Design Workshops focusing on the Xilinx Zynq-7000 All Programmable SoC. The technical training features a choice of three day-long sessions run by Avnet technical experts. The three Xilinx Zynq-7000 All Programmable SoC SpeedWay design workshop sessions can be taken independently based on an engineer’s design needs or desired outcome.
Analog Devices announced their AD9250 dual-channel, 14-bit, 250 MSPS, A/D converter. It supports the JEDEC JESD204B serial output data interface standard. The ADI AD9250 device features a simplified interface that is ideal for next-generation FPGA-based applications in software-defined radio and medical ultrasound. The 250 MSPS AD9250-250 is available now for $131.57. A 170 MSPS pin-compatible version (AD9250-170) is available for $72.49.
Avnet Electronics Marketing Americas and MathWorks teamed on a new development kit. The tool combines a MathWorks software package with the Xilinx Kintex-7 FPGA DSP Development Kit with High-Speed Analog. The MathWorks Software Package for Xilinx DSP Kits is ideal for FPGA and DSP design engineers. It is available now from Avnet. Prices start at $13,995.
National Instruments introduced LabVIEW FPGA IP Builder, which is an add-on to their LabVIEW FPGA Module. The NI LabVIEW FPGA IP Builder helps designers generate high-performance field-programmable gate array IP by combining high-level synthesis (HLS) technology with the LabVIEW graphical development and NI FPGA-based hardware. LabVIEW FPGA IP Builder is priced from $4,999 (€5,199; ¥675,000).
Newark element14 and Impulse Accelerated Technologies are hosting an online seminar this week. The hands-on session will discuss programming in C code on a FPGA using the Altera Cyclone development platform. Attendees will learn how to leverage distributed processing for a C code algorithm across the entire embedded system — from the FPGA to the embedded processor. The title of the webinar is Breakthrough Many-Core Processing: Using the Altera Cyclone FPGA to Accelerate Your Embedded System. The free webcast will take place on Wednesday, July 25, 2012 at 12 noon CST.
Altera and Texas Instruments announced the Arria V FPGA RF Development Kit. The modular kit eases RF prototyping for systems based on Altera’s 28nm Arria V FPGAs. It includes all the hardware and software needed for RF transmit, receive and digital pre-distortion feedback. The kit reduces the amount of time needed to design and verify RF systems. The TI/Altera Arria V FPGA RF Development Kit is available from Arrow Electronics for $6,299.
Altera rolled out version 12 of their Quartus II development software for FPGA design. Quartus II software v12.0 offers faster compile times (up to four times faster), expanded device support (such as Altera’s SoC FPGAs), enhanced Qsys system integration and DSP Builder tools, and improved intellectual property (IP) core offerings. The Subscription Edition and the free Web Edition of Quartus II software version 12.0 are now available for download. The annual software subscription costs $2,995 for a node-locked PC license.
Xilinx introduced three targeted design platforms: Virtex-7 FPGA VC707 Evaluation Kit, the Kintex-7 FPGA KC705 Evaluation Kit, and the Kintex-7 FPGA DSP Kit. The comprehensive development kits are designed for accelerating systems development and integration with Xilinx’s 28nm 7 series Field-Programmable Gate Arrays (FPGAs). The new targeted design platforms include boards, ISE Design Suite tools, IP cores, reference designs and FPGA Mezzanine Card (FMC) support. The three new kits are the first among nearly 40 to be delivered by Xilinx and ecosystem members.