Xilinx 7 Series FPGAs, Zynq-7000 SoCs Achieved Full PCI Express Compliance

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.

All of Xilinx’s 28nm devices passed rigorous electrical, protocol and interoperability tests at the latest PCI-SIG event held last month. This is PCI-SIG’s first official PCI Express Gen3 compliance and interoperability testing since the introduction of the specification.

Virtex-7 and Kintex-7 families support Gen3 (8 Gbps) with links for up to x8 for high throughput data center applications, and Artix-7 FPGA and Zynq-7000 All Programmable SoC integrated blocks support Gen2 (5 Gbps) with links up to x4 and x8 respectively, enabling accelerated design productivity for low cost applications such as industrial and automotive.

All 7 series FPGA and Zynq-7000 All Programmable SoC families are shipping in volume production today. Designers can start evaluating PCI Express Gen2 and Gen3 solutions using targeted reference designs (TRDs), boards and kits. The kits include end-to-end connectivity and reference designs that offer DDR3, PCI Express Direct Memory Access (DMA) engines and Ethernet IP blocks. Additional soft IP cores are supported through Xilinx Alliance Program members, including Northwest Logic and PLDA.

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