Xilinx introduced their All Programmable Abstractions initiative. Xilinx All Programmable Abstractions improve productivity of hardware designers and help systems and software developers to directly leverage All Programmable FPGA, SoCs, and 3D ICs. Xilinx and its ecosystem Alliance members now support a combination of software, model, platform, and IP-based design environments.
Altera launched their Generation 10 FPGA and SoC devices. The Generation 10 devices will help engineers to develop highly customized solutions that increases system performance and system integration while lowering operating expenses. Initial samples of Arria 10 devices will be available in early 2014. Altera will have 14nm Stratix 10 FPGA test chips in 2013 and Quartus II software support for Stratix 10 FPGAs and SoCs in 2014.
Xilinx’s All Programmable 7 series FPGAs and Zynq-7000 All Programmable SoCs have achieved full PCI Express compliance and are now listed on the PCI-SIG integrator’s list. With 7 series FPGA and Zynq-7000 All Programmable SoC integrated blocks for PCI Express Gen2 and Gen3, designers can meet high system bandwidth and programmable systems integration requirements needed in a variety of markets, including communications, storage and server applications.
Xilinx launched the new Zynq-7100 All Programmable SoC devices. The Zynq-7100 features an ARM processor and the industry’s highest performance digital signal processing (DSP). The device sets a new industry benchmark with greater than twice the signal processing capability of the most advanced All Programmable SoC available to date. The new member of the Zynq-7000 family is ideal for next-generation smart wireless, broadcast, medical and military applications.
Xilinx has been acquiring and developing a SmartCORE IP portfolio and a critical mass of application specialists and services that leverage Xilinx’s All Programmable FPGAs, SoCs, and 3D ICs. The company’s goal is to fill in the growing gaps in ASIC and ASSP offerings for next-generation smarter networks and data centers.
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.
Xilinx introduced their fourth generation secure architecture with Information Assurance and Anti-Tamper IP core support for defense-grade 7 series FPGA devices and Zynq-7000 All Programmable system-on-chips. In addition to the secure capabilities, the defense-grade 7 series FPGAs and Zynq-7000 All Programmable SoCs offer mask set control, ruggedized packaging with fully-leaded (Pb) content for harsh environmental operation, full extended temperature range testing, long term availability and anti-counterfeiting features.