Latest FPGA & PLD News

Xilinx moves programmable chip design to system-level

Xilinx continues to introduce FPGA development tools which it expects will make design of programmable devices accessible to a range of non-specialist developers. The SDSoC for the company’s Zynq All Programmable SoCs and MPSoCs is configured to simplify device programming by using an Eclipse integrated design environment (IDE…

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SoC development board uses Zynq-7000 FPGA

Pro Design has introduced a system-on-chip development module based around Xilinx Zynq-7000 FPGA. The Zynq XC7Z045 or XC7Z100 combines a user FPGA with an ARM core processor (dual ARM Cortex-A9 MPCore with CoreSight) and several on board peripherals such as USB 2.0 OTG, Gigabit Ethernet…

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Design kit for HDMI to USB 3.0 bridge

Lattice Semiconductor and Cypress Semiconductor have worked together on a reference design for a bridge between USB 3.0 and high definition video interfaces such as HDMI and SDI audio/video. The USB 3.0 Video Bridge development kit combines a LatticeECP3 FPGA and the Cypress EZ-USB FX3 USB…

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Lattice extends iCE40 FPGA family

Lattice Semiconductor has extended its iCE40 low power FPGA family with iCE40 Ultra. The devices are intended for use adding functions to products – for example: infrared remote, barcode, touch, user identification, and pedometer functions. On the silicon are non-programmable blocks including LED drivers, multipliers-and-accumulators, and serial interfaces…

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FPGAs can secure IoT devices, says Microsemi

Embedded microprocessor designs can benefit from safe and secure boot-up code by making use of the trusted boot-up code held in an FPGA. A secure boot reference design from Microsemi uses the security features in its SmartFusion2 SoC FPGAs to securely boot any application processor in an embedded…

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Avnet offers Rohm power supply for Zynq-7000

Avnet has partnered with Rohm Semiconductor to develop a power supply module board specifically for Xilinx 7 series FPGAs and Zynq-7000 all programmable SoC’s evaluation kits. Rohm’s power supply module is used with the Avnet-designed Mini-Module Plus Development System. Based on the BD95601MUV/BD95602MUV power…

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Altera speeds up FPGA compile times

Altera claims the latest version of its Quartus II FPGA design software will cut compile times by 30% on average compared to the previous version. In some cases compile time can be cut by up to 70% through algorithm optimisation and increased parallelisation, said Altera. The software also includes the…

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Lattice adds sensor control to tiny low power FPGA

Lattice Semiconductor has added new hardwired IP functions to its iCE40 range of low power and low density FPGAs. A new smaller package size is 1.4mm x 1.48mm x 0.45mm. The iCE40LM FPGAs have hardwired IP for strobe generators, I2C and SPI interfaces. The FPGAs with active…

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