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The latest Electronics Weekly product news on FPGA (field-programmable gate array) and PLD (programmable logic device) devices to be (re)configured by a user after manufacturing.

Xilinx ships 16nm Virtex

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Xilinx is shipping a 16nm finfet Virtex UltraScale+ FPGA made on TSMC’s 16FF+ process. Xilinx says it is actively engaged with more than 100 customers on the UltraScale+ portfolio with design tools, and has already shipped devices and/or boards to over 60 of them. The devices join the Zynq UltraScale+ MPSoCs and Kintex UltraScale+ on 16nm. Virtex UltraScale+ devices are aimed at ...

Xilinx offers lower cost 28nm FPGA

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Xilinx is offering the Spartan-7 family of FPGAs designed for I/O intensive applications. The Spartan-7 FPGAs will be supported on the Vivado Design Suite WebPACK Edition, freely downloadable, as well as the Vivado Design and System Editions. The new FPGAs are designed to provide energy and cost efficiency over previous generations when applied to interface bridging. The new family is optimised ...

Dev board puts ECP5 FPGAs in small cells

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Lattice Semiconductor is targeting its ECP5 range of FPGAs at small cell wireless basestations and communications terminals and it has introduced a development kit for system prototyping and test. The ECP5 Versa development kit allows designers to evaluate system performance against interface standards such as PCI Express, Gigabit Ethernet, DDR3 and generic SERDES. Lattice has also created a version of its Diamond software ...

China launches FPGA family

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Twenty-month-old Gowin Semiconductor of Guangdong has a two-device family of FPGAs called GW1N – GW1N-1K and GW1N-9K. They are made on TSMC’s 55nm process with an embedded flash block which can be randomly accessed. According to Gowin they have up to 9K LUTs; up to 198K embedded block SRAM bits and nearly 20K Shadow SRAM bits; up to 2 million ...

Zynq UltraScale+ gets Micrium RTOS for all processors

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Xilinx’s All Programmable Zynq UltraScale+ MPSoC has been supported by a commercial real-time operating system (RTOS) from Micrium. The Zynq UltraScale+’s quad-core ARM Cortex A53 and dual-core Cortex R5 CPUs will run the Micrium µC/OS-II, µC/OS-III kernels and full suite of RTOS components, the company says. They will also run on the Xilinx MicroBlaze FPGA-based soft processor core which can ...

Cypress gives Bluetooth platform memory for OTA downloads

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Cypress Semiconductor has doubled the memory capacity on its Bluetooth Low Energy enabled PSoC 4 and PRoC programmable radio-on-chip devices. The programmable devices now have 256kbyte of flash and 32kbyte of SRAM. The additional memory capacity is intended to support over-the-air (OTA) firmware upgrades. The PSoC’s development IDE called Creator supports the Bluetooth Low Energy configurations. The devices integrate a ...

Rochester offers long-term supply of Altera FPGAs

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Rochester Electronics is now offering a number of Altera’s mature FPGAs and CPLDs to provide long-term supply of devices for applications with extended lifespans. Rochester will market the products with the manufacturer’s full support. Devices covered by the agreement include select MAX 7000 CPLDs and FLEX, APEX and Stratix GX FPGAs. Users of these FPGAs and CPLDs will have a secure ...

FPGAs for big space satellites

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Microsemi has introduced a range of radiation-tolerant FPGAs intended for space applications requiring up to 150,000 logic elements and up to 300MHz of system performance. Typical uses for RTG4 include remote sensing space payloads, such as radar, imaging and spectrometry in civilian, scientific and commercial applications. Other applications include mobile satellite services (MSS) communication satellites, as well as high altitude aviation, ...

Xilinx moves programmable chip design to system-level

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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). The intention is to support system-level design and the tool has a ...

SoC development board uses Zynq-7000 FPGA

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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 or ARM JTAG debug. The module offers a direct ARM debug interface that you user can benefit and use the proven ARM ...