Xilinx introduced three targeted design platforms: Virtex-7 FPGA VC707 Evaluation Kit, the Kintex-7 FPGA KC705 Evaluation Kit, and the Kintex-7 FPGA DSP Kit. The comprehensive development kits are designed for accelerating systems development and integration with Xilinx’s 28nm 7 series Field-Programmable Gate Arrays (FPGAs). The new targeted design platforms include boards, ISE Design Suite tools, IP cores, reference designs and FPGA Mezzanine Card (FMC) support. The three new kits are the first among nearly 40 to be delivered by Xilinx and ecosystem members.
Each development kit supports the FMC specification, a key Targeted Design Platform enabler defined by VITA 57 that delivers an industry standard daughter card form factor, connector and modular interface to an FPGA located on a base board. Whether the cards are custom made or commercial-off-the-shelf (COTS) from the Xilinx ecosystem, developers can leverage 100′s of existing FMCs immediately, or reuse their investments in cards targeting previous generation Virtex-6 and Spartan-6 devices.
Reference designs that come with each kit give both new and experienced FPGA users ideal starting points for getting designs completed quickly while achieving the best performance, lowest power, highest bandwidth and most feature-rich utilization of Xilinx FPGAs. The kits are ideal for developing embedded and high-speed connectivity applications, as well as markets such as automotive, broadcast, consumer, industrial and communications.
Kintex-7 FPGA KC705 Evaluation Kit
This kit provides a flexible framework for designing highjacker systems using DDR3, Gigabit Ethernet, PCI Express, and other serial connectivity standards. An AMS header lets designers explore the AMS technology and see how the feature can trim BOM cost. Other communications features include high-speed GTX transceivers, SFP+, and SMA connectors. These features further extend the list of advanced capabilities that can be evaluated and leveraged from this platform. The Kintex-7 FPGA KC705 Evaluation Kit can be ordered now for $1,695.
Kintex-7 FPGA DSP Kit
This kit was co-developed with Avnet Electronics Marketing. It features the Kintex-7 FPGA KC705 board and includes an integrated high-speed analog FMC to interface to real-world signals. The kit features dual-channel 800 MSPS 16-bit digital-to-analog converters (DACs) and dual-channel 250 MSPS 14-bit analog-to-digital converters (ADCs). The high-speed analog module offers excellent throughput when combined with the massively parallel processing bandwidth of the DSP48E1 arithmetic processing engines in the Kintex-7 FPGA. Data paths to and from the DSP slices can be created and integrated into systems using industry-standard AXI4 interface conventions. The Kintex-7 FPGA DSP Kit can be order from Avnet for $3,995.
Virtex-7 FPGA VC707 Evaluation Kit
This kit offers designers an easy starting point for evaluating and leveraging devices that deliver breakthrough performance, capacity and power efficiency. The kit is ideal for advanced systems that need the highest performance and highest bandwidth connectivity. The kit speeds the development of designs that can leverage the full breadth of Virtex-7 FPGAs, all of which offer maximum power efficiency — requiring 50% less power than previous generation devices. The Virtex-7 FPGA VC707 Evaluation Kit will be available in late February for $3,495.
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