Xilinx Expands Market-Leading Automotive Silicon Portfolio With Spartan-6 FPGAs Optimized to Reduce System Cost

Infotainment companion chip demonstration at Embedded World showcases high-resolution video performance and connectivity bandwidth of XA Spartan-6 FPGAs

NUREMBERG, Germany, March 2 — (PRNewswire) — At Embedded World 2010 today, Xilinx, Inc. (Nasdaq: XLNX) introduced the Xilinx® Automotive (XA) family of Spartan®-6 field programmable gate arrays (FPGAs) optimized for applications requiring high-speed connectivity and high-resolution video performance. These automotive-qualified devices provide the flexibility, scalability, and integration needed to reduce the system cost of automotive infotainment, driver assistance, driver information, and in-vehicle networking products.

(Photo: http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20100302/SF63113)

(Logo: http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20020822/XLNXLOGO)

XA Spartan-6 FPGAs also provide the silicon foundation for the Xilinx Infotainment Companion Chip Targeted Design Platform that will be introduced later this year. Automotive developers will be able to rapidly scale their infotainment designs with XA Spartan-6 FPGAs as companion chips to standard processors or application-specific standard products (ASSPs). Xilinx is showcasing a demonstration version of the new platform this week at Embedded World 2010, March 2nd through 4th in Nuremberg, Germany (Hall 12, Booth #12-515).

"Automotive developers today are being driven to enhance the user experience with next-generation infotainment, driver assistance and driver information applications. But, they must do so with fewer resources, tighter budgets, and shorter market windows," said Harvey Steele, vice president, Automotive, Consumer and ISM Business at Xilinx. "XA Spartan-6 FPGAs address the technical challenge through a scalable architecture, increased connectivity options, and higher integration, delivered with industry-leading quality and value. With our targeted design platform approach, we're also making it easier to develop with our new devices and reduce overall system cost."

XA Spartan-6 FPGA Family

XA Spartan-6 FPGAs provide a cost-optimized mix of logic and integrated features with a range of density and package options that enable developers to scale designs across multiple vehicle platforms. XA Spartan-6 LX FPGAs offer up to 75K logic cells, 3.1Mbits of block RAM, 132 dedicated DSP slices for massive parallel processing at 250MHz, and support memory access rates of up to 800Mbps using integrated memory controllers. The hard-coded memory controllers and increased memory capacity of these devices enable fast buffering of video frames for vision-based driver assistance, infotainment, and hybrid driver information systems.

XA Spartan-6 LXT FPGAs with embedded 3.125Gbps low-power serial transceivers and PCI Express® interface cores are ideal for chip-to-chip communications in automotive infotainment systems. The high-speed interface capabilities and high clock speeds of these devices are also well suited to the low-cost camera interfacing and processing performance requirements of driver assistance applications. Multiple high-bandwidth video links can be integrated on a single device using the new Automotive Pixel Link (APIX) core optimized for XA Spartan-6 FPGAs also announced separately today (see news release).

Infotainment Companion Chip Demonstration

The Xilinx Infotainment Companion Chip Targeted Design Platform demonstration highlights the flexibility of XA Spartan-6 FPGAs to support simple to complex companion chip architectures and accommodate automotive-specific requirements not addressed by many popular host processors. Specialized interfacing and high-speed processing tasks can be offloaded from the base processor to the FPGA for optimal system partitioning and maximum performance.

Pre-configured hardware and software building blocks, developed by long-time Xilinx Alliance member Xylon, accelerate system design with automotive-specific interfaces and peripherals, along with a wide range of IP for video capture and processing, graphics acceleration and display, and in-vehicle networking functions. The platform eases plug-and-play development with daughter cards, expansion slots for interface customization, and connections to various host processors through generic serial/parallel data ports, USB, and industry-standard PCIe® serial interfaces. The platform can be tailored for a broad range of application designs with minimal re-engineering.

Pricing & Availability

Shipments of select XA Spartan-6 FPGAs will commence in the second half of 2010. All devices can be ordered in a variety densities and packaging options. Details on pricing and delivery lead times are available through Xilinx sales representatives.

About Xilinx Automotive Solutions

Xilinx is the world's leading supplier of programmable logic devices (PLDs) to the automotive industry with its complete line of FPGAs and CPLDs tested to the AEC-Q100 qualification standard and integrated platform solutions that accelerate development of in-vehicle infotainment and networking, driver information, and driver assistance applications. Xilinx automotive platforms go beyond silicon to include the LogiCORE™ and AllianceCORE IP portfolio, comprehensive design environment, and scalable development kits. For more information about Xilinx in automotive, visit: www.xilinx.com/automotive.


XILINX, the Xilinx logo, Spartan, and other designated brands included herein are trademarks of Xilinx in the United States and other countries. PCI Express and PCIe are trademarks of PCI-SIG and used under license. All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners.

Editorial Contacts:

Silvia Gianelli

Xilinx Public Relations



SOURCE Xilinx, Inc.

Xilinx, Inc.
Silvia Gianelli of Xilinx Public Relations
Phone: +1-408-626-4328
Email Contact
Web: http://www.xilinx.com

Review Article Be the first to review this article
Featured Video
More Editorial  
Technical Support Engineer Germany/UK for EDA Careers at San Jose, CA
Verification Engineer for Ambarella at Santa Clara, CA
Test Development Engineer(Job Number: 17001697) for Global Foundaries at Santa Clara, CA
Engr, Elec Des 2 for KLA-Tencor at Milpitas, CA
ASIC Design Engineer 2 for Ambarella at Santa Clara, CA
Lead Java Platform Engineer IOT-WEB for EDA Careers at San Francisco Area, CA
Upcoming Events
CDNLive Silicon Valley 2017 at Santa Clara Convention Center Santa Clara CA - Apr 11 - 12, 2017
10th Anniversary of Cyber-Physical Systems Week at Pittsburgh, PA, USA PA - Apr 18 - 21, 2017
DVCon 2017 China, April 19, 2017, Parkyard Hotel Shanghai, China at Parkyard Hotel Shanghai Shanghai China - Apr 19, 2017
Zuken Innovation World 2017 at Hilton Head Marriott Resort & Spa Hilton Head Island NC - Apr 24 - 26, 2017
S2C: FPGA Base prototyping- Download white paper

Internet Business Systems © 2017 Internet Business Systems, Inc.
595 Millich Dr., Suite 216, Campbell, CA 95008
+1 (408)-337-6870 — Contact Us, or visit our other sites:
AECCafe - Architectural Design and Engineering TechJobsCafe - Technical Jobs and Resumes GISCafe - Geographical Information Services  MCADCafe - Mechanical Design and Engineering ShareCG - Share Computer Graphic (CG) Animation, 3D Art and 3D Models
  Privacy Policy