Xilinx, Inc. (Nasdaq: XLNX) announced a low-cost development platform for implementing DSP designs using the Spartan(TM)-3A DSP family of low-cost FPGAs. The XtremeDSP(TM) Solutions Starter Platform – Spartan-3A DSP 1800A FPGA Edition is ideal for engineers developing DSP applications that require the performance and price delivered by Spartan-3A DSP devices.
The XtremeDSP development platform delivers instant access to the Spartan-3A DSP family’s capabilities and supports industry-standard peripherals, connectors, and interfaces. It is designed for use with the Xilinx System Generator for DSP and ISE(TM) software and provides the necessary hardware to not only evaluate the advanced features of the Spartan-3A DSP family, but also to implement complete applications such as portable medical ultrasound, video surveillance, and mobile software defined radio systems. These types of application are characterized by the need for very high DSP computational requirements while delivering optimum power efficiency.
The XtremeDSP Solutions Starter Platform – Spartan-3A DSP 1800A FPGA Edition 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. This starter platform also comes equipped with 128M X 32 bit DDR2 SDRAM, 16Mx8 Parallel/BPI configuration flash, and 64Mb of SPI configuration/storage flash. In addition, the platform supports a full JTAG interface for configuration and debug. There is also a System ACE(TM) Module connector. For adding further functionality, the development platform includes an expansion slot to enable designers to integrate add-on cards available from Xilinx distributors.
The XtremeDSP Solutions Starter Platform – Spartan-3A DSP 1800A FPGA Edition is available today for $295.