Xilinx ships Artix 7.
Xilinx says it’s shipping Artix 7 FPGAs which are an alternatives to Virtex chips but are smaller and lower cost for portable medical, had-held radio and small base-station manufacturers.
With the first Artix-7 shipments to customers, that means all of Xilinx’s 7 series and Zynq-7000 families are now available in silicon, as Xilinx rolls out its 28nm generation devices.
Xilinx says that the Artix-7 family pushes performance limits at the lowest levels of power consumption because it chose TSMC’s HPL process for 28nm generation portfolio.
This means customers can achieve sub-watt total power consumption for battery powered applications like secure software defined military radios, where Artix-7 devices can offer 35% lower power consumption compared to competing solutions. Customers can combine the latest encryption IP and modem functions on a single chip for meeting size requirements while lowering BOM. Also, the rich integrated DSP capabilities in the largest member delivers 1,306 GMACs of signal processing performance for wideband waveforms, which is more than 3x the competition.
The Artix-7 family offers 65% lower static and 50% lower dynamic power consumption than previous generation devices while delivering up to sixteen 6.6 Gb/s transceivers, meaning builders of portable ultrasound equipment can achieve the highest image resolution for meeting JESD204B high speed serial interface standards. At the same time, they can extend battery life and meet safety standards while implementing a 128-channel beam former at 40% less power than alternative FPGAs.
For builders of microwave backhaul equipment supporting 4G rollouts around the world, Artix-7 devices enable developers to integrate modem and packet processing functions on a single device and claims the highest performance per watt for delivering intelligent bandwidth.