Xilinx starts to ship first Artix-7 FPGAs

Makers of portable medical, hand-held radio, and small cellular base stations – and a host of other professional grade applications that sit at the edge of their respective technology infrastructures – will now be able to leverage high-end All Programmable FPGA capabilities to a growing number of products and expand their markets.

For portable applications where advanced functionality remains paramount, the Artix-7 device is able to deliver best-in-class system performance, power efficiency, compactness and low cost.  With the first Artix-7 A100T device shipments to customers, all of Xilinx’s 7 series and Zynq-7000 families are now available in silicon, marking another major milestone in Xilinx’s rollout of its 28nm generation of devices.

 “Xilinx introduced the Artix-7 family with edge applications in mind,” said Dave Myron, Xilinx’s director of FPGA platform marketing.  “These devices extend Xilinx’s low-cost product portfolio established by the Spartan families, which already play critical roles in applications ranging from 3D TVs, Automotive Infotainment, Industrial Control and Mobile Medical devices.”

Customers using the Artix-7 family will be able to achieve sub-watt total power consumption for battery powered applications like secure software defined military radios, where the devices can offer 35 percent 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 percent lower static and 50 percent 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 percent 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 have the highest performance per watt for delivering intelligent bandwidth.  In a market where the ‘Holy Grail’ is a base station on a chip, Artix-7 devices give equipment manufacturers unprecedented levels of integration as well the programmability necessary to compete where market growth is outpacing standardization.

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