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Xilinx updates Artix-7 line for enhanced automotive apps

03 Mar 2014

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Xilinx Inc. announced the expansion of its Artix-7 FPGA family for automotive applications. The XA Artix-7 portfolio extends the Xilinx Automotive family of AEC-Q100 qualified FPGAs, providing best-in-class system performance per watt in applications like advanced driver assistance systems, in-vehicle infotainment and driver information.

In addition to performance, system designers benefit from significant power advantages over previous technologies and small footprint packaging for space-challenged automotive electronic control unit designs.

The XA Artix-7 family consists of four devices—XA7A35T, XA7A50T, XA7A75T and XA7A100T—providing from 30k to 101k logic cells, and industry leading I/O to package size ratio with up to 285 I/Os and packages as small as 10mm x 10mm. Rich integrated DSP capabilities provide up to 264 GMACs of signal processing performance, which is especially useful for image data processing in ADAS applications.

Integrated Gigabit transceivers, capable of data rates up to 6.25Gbit/s, enable customers to implement fully integrated connectivity solutions like PCI Express Gen 2. Advanced features like dynamic partial reconfiguration, AES encryption and an integrated analogue mixed signal block made up of 12bit 17 channel 1Msps analogue to digital converters with internal temperature and supply voltage sensors, enable overall ECU BOM cost optimisation.

The XA Artix-7 FPGAs complement the automotive qualified XA Zynq-7000 All Programmable SoC family. Both device families are produced using TSMC's 28nm process, enabling a reduction of up to 50 per cent in total power compared to previous generations or competing solutions.

Customers using the XA Artix-7 family are given a wide variety of device/package combinations allowing them to up- or downscale the design according to changing project requirements. The device architecture also enables a smooth migration of IP or complete designs from or to XA-Zynq-7000 All Programmable SoCs.

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