Xilinx Embedded Development Kit 10.1

Version 10.1 of the Embedded Development Kit (EDK), from Xilinx Inc. (Nasdaq: XLNX), includes new high-performance processing design capabilities and enables immediate support from embedded solution providers like Avnet Electronics Marketing, Green Hills Software, LynuxWorks, Lauterbach, MontaVista, TimeSys, and Wind River Systems. EDK 10.1 supports a broad range of computing platforms, including Windows XP Professional (32-bit), Windows Vista Business (32-bit), Red Hat Enterprise Linux WS 4 (32- and 64-bit), Red Hat Enterprise Linux Desktop 5 (32- and 64- bit), SUSE Linux Enterprise 10 (32- and 64-bit).

The Xilinx EDK 10.1 release is immediately available for USD $495, and bundles the XPS 10.1 tool suite with a processing IP library, software drivers, documentation, reference design examples and the MicroBlaze 32-bit soft processor. EDK is available as part of the unified ISE(R) Design Suite, along with other Xilinx products such as ISE Foundation design tools, ChipScope(TM) Pro analyzer, System Generator for DSP tool, AccelDSP(TM) synthesis tool, and PlanAhead(TM) design software. The ISE Design Suite makes it easy to order, register, install and/or evaluate all Xilinx development and debug tools from a single download site or one DVD.

Architecting and programming embedded processing systems using the Virtex- 5 FXT platform is simplified by EDK 10.1 tools. Automated design wizards guide designers through the steps for implementing the high-performance 128-bit Processor Local Bus (PLB), a component of the IBM CoreConnect(TM) bus standard that can be configured for both shared and point-to-point system connections. The new tools also introduce co-processing support for the PowerPC 440 processor block enabled by a new Auxiliary Processor Unit controller (APU). The APU can also be used to directly interface to high-speed FPGA hardware, perform PowerPC 440 processor code profiling and enable analysis for supporting software and hardware optimization.

The new EDK 10.1 release also includes new and updated IP cores to optimize system design. Peripherals such as SPI, DDR2, DMA, PS2, Tri-Mode Ethernet MAC with SGMII support, and Flexray(TM) peripheral options, as well as PCI Express(R) driver support for DMA are included. Improvements to the Multi-Port Memory Controller and the Memory Interface Generator (MIG) tools empower greater interfacing options for memory intensive applications. In addition, an update to the MicroBlaze(TM) 32-bit processor enables greater cache interface flexibility.

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