Techonline is offering a webinar this week about the Xilinx Zynq. The title of the webcast is Designing Advanced Embedded Systems with Xilinx Zynq: How to Break Software Bottlenecks with Accelerators. The online seminar will take place Thursday, September 5, 2013 at 11am PST (2pm EST, 6pm GMT). The webinar will be presented by Barrie Mullins (Zynq Development Director, Xilinx) and Rob Armstrong Jr.(Processor Specialist FAE, Xilinx).
The Acromag APCe8670 carrier card features a PCI Express bus interface for PC-based embedded systems. Acromag’s FPGA modules or other PMC modules can be plugged into the PMC module carrier card to perform a variety of signal processing functions. With the APCe8670, system designers can use a wide range of available PMC FPGA and I/O modules when developing advanced computing systems on a PC platform with a PCI express bus. Prices start at $750 for the Acromag APCe8670.
Mylium recently completed work on their new HD Graphics Controller IP for embedded systems. The FPGA-based HD graphics controller features typical resource usage of 1315 slice registers (Xilinx Spartan 6). The core has a resolution up to 1920×1080. It has a simple interface and a low number of pins. The Mylium IP core works with both external 8/16/32-bit microcontrollers and soft-processors.
CAST announced their royalty-free BA22 Processor IP Family for ASICs and FPGAs. The new IP cores are based on the BA22 design sourced from Beyond Semiconductor. The BA22 processor cores feature pipelined 32-bit RISC BA22 architecture, caches and memory management units, up to 32 general purpose registers, enhanced arithmetic processing capabilities (divider and floating point units), power-management unit, interactive JTAG-based debug capability, 1.41 DMIPS/MHz, frequencies from 50 MHz to over 300 MHz, 12,000 to 38,000 gates, and require only 0.023 mW/MHz (in a 65nm process).
At DAC, Xilinx will showcase 3-D IC design innovations, new FPGA-based processing technologies for embedded systems, IP use and the latest in design tool support. Xilinx will involve in a number of panels and workshops, where attendees will learn more about FPGAs in embedded systems, support for standards promoting IP use and reuse, EDA industry trends, and the implementation of real-time systems using FPGAs. The Design Automation Conference will take place in San Diego from June 5 – 9, 2011.
LAVA 10, from Mylium, is a SVGA Graphics Controller for embedded systems. The main task of LAVA 10 is to take over most of complex operations related with displaying graphics from main processor. The Mylium module features a Xilinx Spartan 3 FPGA, 32 MB SDRAM memory, 8 MB Flash memory, embedded character generator, JTAG interface, 8-bit interface for bidirectional communication, and outputs for Video DAC. The controller is based on a Propox FPGA module. The LAVA 10 board is priced at 75 €.
Altera introduced their Embedded Initiative, which will give designers a single FPGA design flow based on the Quartus II development software. The design flow features the Qsys system-level integration tool, a common FPGA intellectual property (IP) library, and the ARM Cortex-A9 MPCore and MIPS Technologies MIPS32 embedded processors. The Qsys system-level integration tool leverages FPGA-optimized network-on-a-chip technology to support a wide variety of industry-standard IP protocols.
Xilinx announced the architecture for a new Extensible Processing Platform for embedded systems. The ARM Cortex-A9 MPCore processor-based platform enables system architects and embedded software developers to apply a combination of serial and parallel processing for embedded systems to perform complex functions. Xilinx’s new architecture abstracts much of the hardware burden away from the embedded software developers’ point of view and gives them more control in the development process.
According to Express Logic, their NetX TCP/IP networking stack has achieved the highest reported network packet throughput on the Xilinx MicroBlaze soft-core processor. NetX is a small, fast network stack designed for embedded systems. NetX features low overhead and zero-copy packet transfers to achieve very high throughput. NetX licenses are available for Xilinx MicroBlaze with prices starting at $12,500 for royalty-free source code.
The VM60, from Varisys, is an XMC module. The VM60 board features two Virtex-6 FPGA devices and conforms to the VITA42.0 standard. The VM60 provides users with the simplest way to add huge FPGA based processing power to embedded systems. The FPGA processing resources on the VM60 can be used to implement complex algorithms such as FFTs, digital down conversion and filtering in real-time.