Xilinx introduced the ML505 and ML506 development platforms for serial connectivity and DSP applications based on its industry-leading 65nm Virtex-5 FPGAs. The two development platforms combine the robust features and benefits of Virtex-5 FPGAs with all required mainstream interfaces and connectors, further simplifying designs and giving customers a time-to-market advantage.
The ML505 development platform is based on the Virtex-5 LX50T device, while the ML506 development platform is based on the Virtex-5 SX50T device. The platforms allow designers to immediately begin taking advantages of the high-performance and low-power logic fabric, serial connectivity and DSP capabilities of Virtex-5 FPGAs. Both the Virtex-5 LXT and SXT platforms offer 3.2Gbps low-power transceivers with built-in PCI Express endpoint and tri-mode Ethernet MAC blocks, allowing engineers to implement serial interfaces with the greatest ease of use. The Virtex-5 SXT FPGA also has abundant DSP48E resources ideal for DSP intensive designs.
Both the ML505 and ML506 development platforms include many commonly used interfaces such as RJ-45 connectors for 10/100/1000 Ethernet networking, USB, PS/2 and RS-232 serial ports for computer peripherals, DVI and VGA ports for video applications, serial ATA for storage applications, and an SFP module for telecom applications. Both development platforms feature on-board SODIMM sockets with 256 MB of DDR2 memory that can be expanded by the user, and on-board flash memory for multiple configuration options. Single-ended and differential I/O expansion headers are also provided, enabling access to host modules and daughter cards. These two development platforms are designed to support other Virtex-5 FPGAs in the same FF1136 package allowing customers to upgrade functionality with a common development platform in the future.
The ML505 and ML506 development platforms are priced at USD $1195 and are immediately available.