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Xilinx expands all programmable Artix-7 FPGA family with new automotive qualified devices

Xilinx, Inc. has expanded its Artix-7 Field Programmable Gate Array (FPGA) family for automotive applications. The new XA Artix-7 portfolio extends the Xilinx Automotive (XA) family of AEC-Q100 qualified FPGAs, providing best-in-class system performance per watt in applications such as advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS); in-vehicle infotainment (IVI); and driver information (DI). 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 (ECU) designs.

The XA family is well suited for automotive applications requiring advanced video processing, complex DSP operations, or bridging to the latest interface or networking standards.

—Nick DiFiore, director of Xilinx’s automotive segment.

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. 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 6.25 Gbit/s, enable customers to implement fully integrated connectivity solutions such as PCI Express Gen 2.

Advanced features such as dynamic partial reconfiguration (DPR); AES encryption; and an integrated Analog Mixed Signal (AMS) block made up of 12-bit 17-channel 1Msps Analog to Digital Converters (ADC) with internal temperature and supply voltage sensors, enable overall ECU BOM cost optimization.

The XA Artix-7 FPGAs complement the automotive qualified XA Zynq-7000 All Programmable SoC family. Both device families are produced using TSMC’s High-Performance, Low-Power (HPL) 28nm process, enabling a reduction of up to 50% in total power compared to previous generations or competing solutions.

Fully AEC-Q100 qualified Artix-7 XA7A100T FPGAs are available today for mass production. XA7A35T, XA7A50T and XA7A75T will be available in Q4 of CY2014, though developers can begin their Artix-7 designs using available Xilinx design tools and associated commercial grade devices which are available now.



Wow. I can't keep up with the pace of processing development in robust devices. Everything, from combustion control to better BMS to vehicle control gets AFFORDABLY more capable. Whenever you see some sort of innovation on the cusp of production and ask yourself "why is this happening now and not 10 years ago", this area of technology is a key reason why. The industry is able to do a lot of things in labs and prototypes that weren't rugged or affordable enough to bring to market. This is another doorbuster.

Watching the irrepressible wave of innovation makes aging more tolerable. It gives me great joy.

Notwithstanding the foolishness of the ruling class and the chaotic vicissitudes of wars and disaster, the future of transportation is very bright.

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