XtremeDSP Starter Platform – Spartan-3A DSP 1800A Edition

The XtremeDSP Starter Kit – Spartan(TM)-3A DSP FPGA Edition, from Xilinx, Inc. (Nasdaq: XLNX), delivers a complete solution for cost-sensitive DSP application development — such as portable medical equipment, low-cost wireless infrastructure, flat panel displays, and many other applications that require DSP performance along with low cost and low power. The XtremeDSP Starter Kit – Spartan(TM)-3A DSP FPGA Edition is available now for $495.

The new starter kit features the low-cost Spartan-3A DSP 1800 FPGA, which offers more than 20 billion multiply-accumulates per second (GMACS) for under $30. At the heart of the Spartan-3A DSP FPGA architecture is the DSP48A slice that enables designers to implement many independent arithmetic functions. The Spartan-3A DSP FPGA family delivers 25 percent lower dynamic power, 1.5X faster DSP performance for less cost than competing FPGAs. Also included is System Generator for DSP which enables the use of The Mathworks popular MATLAB(R) and Simulink(R) modeling environments when designing with Xilinx FPGAs.

The board includes a VGA port for developing video processing algorithms, an Ethernet 10/100/1000 PHY, as well as an RS-232 port for simple communications with a remote console. It also comes equipped with 128Mb X 32 bit DDR2 SDRAM, 16Mx8 Parallel/BPI configuration flash, and 64Mb of SPI configuration/storage flash. Also supported is a full JTAG interface for configuration and debug, as well as a module connector, cables and power connector for the System ACE(TM) tool. For adding further functionality, the development platform includes an expansion slot to enable designers to integrate add-on cards available from Xilinx distributors.

Key Features

  • Xilinx Devices
    • XC3SD1800A-4FGG676C Spartan-3A DSP FPGA
  • Clocks
    • 125 MHz LVTTL SMT oscillator
    • LVTTL oscillator socket
    • 25.175 MHz LVTTL SMT oscillator (video clock)
    • 25 MHz Ethernet clock (accessible to FPGA)
  • Memory
    • 128 MB (32M x 32) DDR2 SDRAM
    • 16Mx8 parallel / BPI configuration flash
    • 64 Mb SPI configuration / storage flash (with 4 extra SPI selects)
  • Interfaces
    • 10/100/1000 PHY
    • JTAG programming/configuration port
    • RS232 Port
    • Low-cost VGA
    • 4 SPI select lines
  • Buttons and Switches
    • 8 user LEDs
    • 8-position user DIP switch
    • 4 user push button switches
    • Reset push button switch
  • User I/O and Expansion
    • Digilent 6-pin header (2)
    • EXP expansion connector (2)
    • 30-pin GPIO connector: can be used for System ACE™ Compact Flash daughter card (not included)
  • Configuration and Debug
    • JTAG
    • System ACE module connector
    • Eridon debug connector (SATA)

More info: Xilinx XtremeDSP Starter Platform – Spartan-3A DSP 1800A Edition