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Xilinx intros 7 Series FPGAs

June 23, 2010 Comments off

Xilinx's Victor Peng and Neeraj Varma.

Xilinx's Victor Peng and Neeraj Varma.

Xilinx has introduced its 7 Series FPGAs that claim to slash power consumption by 50 percent. These also reach 2 million logic cells on the industry’s first scalable architecture.

The company has introduced the Virtex-7, Kintex-7, and Artix-7 FPGA families, which promise:
– 2X more usable performance.
– 2X better price-performance with new class of FPGA.
– 2X better system-performance with Ultra High End FPGA.
– Innovative Virtex-based high volume offering.

Power is said to be the key limiting factor. At Xilinx, it is the top priority at 28nm. The Xilinx 7 Series pushes the boundaries for FPGAs. The three new families are based on a unified architecture.

The Artix 7, when compared to Spartan-6, gives 30 percent more performance, 35 percent lower cost, 50 percent less power and 50 percent smaller footprint. The Kintex 7, when compared to Virtex-6, gives comparable performance, 50 percent lower cost and 50 percent less power. Likewise, the Virtex 7, when compared to Virtex-6 is 2.5x larger, and provides up to 2M logic cells, 1.9Tbps serial bandwidth, up to 28Gbps line rate, and EasyPathcost reduction.

Users can easily scale applications with Series 7 unified architecture and design portability. Enhanced productivity is possible with Targeted Design Platforms.  The foundation for Xilinx’s next generation Targeted Design Platforms are:
* Optimized ISE Design Suite.
* Expanded eco-system enabled by Plug and Play AXI based IP.
* Targeted reference designs accelerate development.
* Scalable boards using FMC Base.

Victor Peng, senior vice president, Programmable Platforms Development, Xilinx, also touched upon Programmable Foundation for Extensible Processing Platforms (EPP). It has unrivaled levels of system performance and integration, and ARM based software centric design environment.

This 7 Series will drive the next wave of FPGA adoption, thanks to:
* Increasing market demand for bandwidth coupled with flexibility.
* 2x improvement in power/performance/ capacity/price.
* Major productivity boost with Targeted Design Platforms.
* Fewer ASSPs to choose from/ASICs too risky.

Categories: FPGA, FPGA market, FPGAs, Xilinx

Synopsys’ Dr. Aart de Geus at SNUG 2010 India!

June 23, 2010 Comments off

Dr. Aart de Geus - CEO & Chairman of the Board, Synopsys Inc. at SNUG 2010 India.

Dr. Aart de Geus - CEO & Chairman of the Board, Synopsys Inc. at SNUG 2010 India.

“Moore’s Law is absolutely alive and well,” stated Dr. Aart de Geus – CEO & Chairman of the Board, Synopsys Inc., while delivering the keynote ’20/20 Vision for 2010′ at the Synopsys Users Group (SNUG) 2010 event in Bangalore today. He added that systemic collaboration is getting more and more important. “We need to have a joint vision of where our field is going.”

To make the ‘machine’ called SoC work, one needs to look simultaneously at economics and technology, and hence the word, techonomic.

Commenting on the global economy, he said, the industry had just come out of a very severe recession. Last year, Dr. Geus had introduced the recession compiler.

Today, there’s a clear sense of turn, and a huge shift in the global economy during the recession. According to him, China will pass Japan and become the second largest economy. China has continued to evolve quite a bit, and so has India. Dr. Geus also introduced the recovery compiler six months ago.

He added that people on one side are looking at how to minimize costs and risks. How does this impact semicon? Most semicon companies are now reporting good results. Today, there has been about 5.8-6 percent of growth, indicating a steady state. Semicon is in the center to drive growth.

In the foundry world, there has been some consolidation, and you now find some really large ones. So far, semicon has rebounded somewhat much faster. The memory folks are also feeling pretty good. It must be noted that during the last three years, they invested really nothing in capex, and some players also disappeared.

If one were to look at cool killer applications today, there’s certainly a theme around video more and more on mobile apps, HD, 3D, etc. All of this is leading to the fact that bandwidth and storgae will grow even more. Smart grids are also clearly becoming more important In future. The word ‘smart’ will be critical. “Eveything around us will commmunicate in some form or another, in future,” Dr. Geus added. Read more…

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