Altera published a white paper that explores an advanced motor drive or inverter application to illustrate how silicon convergence affects real-time design. The technical paper explains how FPGA and SoC devices speed silicon convergence. The latest advancement in SoC integrates an Altera FPGA with an ARM applications processor, plus a rich peripheral processor subsystem. The title of the Altera article is Real-Time Challenges and Opportunities in SoCs.
Lattice Semiconductor recently introduced their Sercos III real-time Ethernet solution. The Sercos III solution features the Lattice FPGA device. It is a low cost, low power FPGA-based alternative for engineers who need to implement flexible industrial networking solutions. Sercos is a digital bus that interconnects motion controls, drives, I/O, sensors and actuators for numerically controlled machines and systems. It is designed for the high-speed serial communication of standardized closed-loop real-time data over Industrial Ethernet.
Xilinx introduced their Broadcast Real-Time Video Engine Targeted Design Platform. The Real-Time Video Engine Targeted Design Platform consists of a broadcast-quality Video and Image Processing IP pack. The Xilinx Video and Imaging Processing IP pack is priced at $3,000 and will be available at the end of April. Xilinx also rolled out the SMPTE2022 IP core, which helps engineers speed the development of hardware to process high quality video and deliver it at rates as high as 10 Gbps over Internet Protocol. The Xilinx core will be available in the fourth quarter of this year.
Pentek introduced the Model RTS 2706 multi-channel real-time recording and playback instrument. The RTS 2706 is based on the Intel Core i7 processor and the Cobalt family of Xilinx Virtex-6 FPGA modules. The RTS 2706 features 16-bit 200 MHz A/Ds, 16-bit 800 MHz D/As, and up to 20 hot swappable SATA (Serial Advanced Technology Attachment) drives configurable as RAID (Redundant Array of Independent Disks) Levels 0, 1, 5, 6, 10 or 50. The RTS 2706 is priced based on configuration, starting at $44,995 USD. Delivery is 10 to 12 weeks ARO.
Xilinx introduced the Spartan-6 FPGA Broadcast Connectivity Kit and Broadcast Processing Engine IP core. The development platform is ideal for engineers working on 3D TV broadcast and other high definition video applications. The Xilinx Spartan-6 FPGA Broadcast Connectivity Kit and Broadcast Processing Engine IP core enable broadcast system designers to build full systems for high-speed transmission and real-time processing of video in a full range of professional broadcast applications (such as cameras, switchers, routers, encoders, monitors and cinema projectors).
Xilinx announced the Spartan-6 FPGA Industrial Ethernet Kit. The Targeted Design Platform is optimized for industrial automation system design with low-cost, low-power Xilinx Spartan-6 field programmable gate arrays (FPGAs). The Xilinx Industrial Automation Targeted Design Platform accelerates development of real-time Ethernet networks. The Spartan-6 FPGA Industrial Ethernet Kit is available now from Avnet in limited quantities with general availability in April 2010. The kit is priced at $1,895 (US).