Trenz Electronic introduced a new series of FPGA and SoC modules. The all-programmable SoMs are based on the latest Xilinx all-programmable devices (Artix, Kintex, and Zynq-7000 FPGA devices). They are available in a uniform 4cm x 5cm form factor. In addition, all modules and boards can be integrated and customized. Reference designs are available free of charge.
Microsemi introduced the SmartFusion2 SoC FPGA Starter Kit. The tool offers engineers a prototyping platform for the Microsemi SmartFusion2 system-on-chip (SoC) field programmable gate arrays (FPGAs). The kit supports interfaces like Ethernet, USB, SPI, I2C and UART. It includes a comprehensive breadboard to support unique design requirements.
Tokyo Electron Device (TED) launched the TB-7Z-020-EMC extension microcontroller card. It features a Zynq-7000 All Programmable SoC. The TED TB-7Z-020-EMC features both an ARM Cortex-A9 MPcore with on-chip connection to a FPGA fabric and a Zynq-7000. It can be used to implement evaluation systems into various different development projects. The card will ship in early January.
Synopsys introduced the HAPS-70 Series FPGA-based prototyping systems for system-on-chip (SoC) designs. The HAPS-70 FPGA-based prototyping systems are available now in nine model variants. Capacities range from 12 to 144 million ASIC gates. The series consists of the HAPS-70 S12, HAPS-70 S24, HAPS-70 S36, HAPS-70 S48, HAPS-70 S60, HAPS-70 S72, HAPS-70 S96, HAPS-70 S120 and HAPS-70 S144. The S denotes ASIC Gate count support.
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.
Microsemi introduced the SmartFusion2 system-on-chip field programmable gate array family. The device features flash-based FPGA fabric, a 166 megahertz (MHz) ARM Cortex-M3 processor, advanced security processing accelerators, DSP blocks, SRAM, eNVM and high-performance communication interfaces. The SmartFusion2 SoC FPGA is ideal for safety-critical applications in industrial, defense, aviation, communications and medical applications. The SmartFusion2 M2S050T samples are available now. First production silicon is expected in early 2013.
Altera revealed plans for their next generation of 20nm products. According to the company, they will offer a system-integration platform that combines the hardware programmability of FPGAs with the software flexibility of digital signal processors and microprocessors along with the efficiencies of application-specific hard intellectual property (IP). Altera’s next-generation devices leverage TSMC’s 20nm process technology. 20nm system-on-chip (SoC) FPGAs provide engineers a software migration path from 28nm to 20nm while delivering a 50% processor subsystem performance increase.
Xilinx will introduce programmable solutions to improve system integration and enable designers to quickly develop new features into broadcast systems at IBC 2012. Xilinx will showcase All Programmable devices and software that enable flexible adaptation throughout design and into production to meet ever evolving industry content delivery and display standards. IBC 2012 will take place September 6-11 at the RAI Exhibition and Congress Centre. Xilinx will be exhibiting in booth #10.B25.
Xilinx has acquired PetaLogix, which is a provider of embedded Linux solutions. In the past, PetaLogix has provided a Linux distribution for Xilinx’s MicroBlaze and PowerPC processors. Recently, the company released a Linux distribution and tool chain for the Zynq-7000 All Programmable SoC. The PetaLogix commercial Linux distribution and the Embedded Linux SDK tool help developers get their jobs done without becoming deep Linux experts or be tied to a fixed BSP model.
Xilinx has increased the peak processing performance of their Zynq-7000 All Programmable SoC family to 1 GHz. In addition, the Zynq-7000 is now available in a smaller CLG225 form factor packaging (13 x 13mm) to enable higher system performance and programmable systems integration. The first Zynq-7045 device is currently shipping to Early Access customers. Broader availability will begin next quarter.