Alpha Data introduced their ADM-XRC-7Z1 XMC Mezzanine card. The ADM-XRC-7Z1 features the Xilinx Zynq System-on-Chip (SoC). The ADM-XRC-7Z1 ships with a Software Development Kit (SDK), which includes example designs and software drivers. The board is available in industrial grade and air or conduction cooled variants. The ADM-XRC-7Z1 XMC Mezzanine card suitable for initial development through to deployment in rugged environments.
Microsemi introduced System Builder design tool for the SmartFusion2 SoC FPGA devices. The System Builder tool simplifies the design process for Microsemi’s SmartFusion2 SoC FPGAs in embedded system applications. With System Builder, designers can quickly and easily define the desired system architecture via a high-level step-by-step process.
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.
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.
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.
Altera launched their new ARM-based SoC FPGA family. The devices feature 28nm Cyclone V and Arria V FPGA fabric, dual-core ARM Cortex-A9 MPCore processor, error correcting code (ECC) protected memory controllers, peripherals and high-bandwidth interconnect on a single chip. Altera’s Cyclone V and Arria V SoC FPGA silicon will be available in the second half of next year. Prices of the new system-on-chip field programmable gate arrays start at less than $15.
At the heart of the Xilinx Spartan-6 LX16 FPGA Evaluation Board is a Cypress PSoC 3 programmable system-on-chip. The PSoC 3 device integrates precision analog sensing, system management and user interface functions. The PSoC 3 device performs power management, CapSense touch-sensing, USB/UART/SPI connectivity and configuration of the Field Programmable Gate Array (FPGA) directly on the board. Flexible PSoC 3 I/Os also enable the board to interface to the analog world through an expansion connector that accepts an included Avnet LCD board, user prototype boards and various Cypress expansion boards.