Along with all the new developments and content in the FPGA group, we are excited to announce another development: our new partnership with Xilinx, a leader supplier of programmable logic devices.
In the element14 community, we try to avoid getting pulled into marketing drives and advertising campaigns. We prefer to focus on how this new partnership will benefit our community members now and in the future. So, let me overview some things we feel are important to pass onto you.
What is an FPGA?
Field Programmable Gate Arrays (FPGAs) are blank canvas devices that can quickly be configured by using software development tools and libraries to produce a processor that can act however is needed without having to create a custom silicon chip. The key benefits of using an FPGA over a microprocessor are performance, flexibility, re-programmability and rapid prototyping, which ultimately provides a reduced time to market.
Integrating multiple functions in a single device offers a reduced Bill of Materials, which provides savings in both purchasing and manufacturing costs. And most importantly, these flexible devices are field-upgradable, allowing engineers to carry out upgrades to systems that have been already deployed, as opposed to replacement of silicon and embedded chips onsite, which often is expensive and in some situations a nearly impossible task.
New FPGA Products
|Xilinx Zynq-7000 single core FPGA||Xilinx Spartan 6 FPGA||Xilinx Artix-7 FPGA|
FPGA Zynq-7000 Family 23000 Cells
667MHz 28nm 1V 400-Pin WCBGA Tray
FPGA Spartan-6 LX Family 3840 Cells
45nm (CMOS) Technology 1.2V 144-Pin TQFP
FPGA Artix-7 16640 Cells
28nm Technology 1V 236-Pin FPGA
FPGA Development Boards
|Arty Z7, APSoC Zynq-7000 Development Board||Zynq-7000 ARM/FPGA SoC Development Board||Xilinx CoolRunner-II CPLD Processor Evaluation Board|
410-346-20 - Development Board, Arty Z7, APSoC Zynq-7000 All Programmable SoC, Makers and Hobbyists
410-279 - Development Board, Zynq-7000 ARM/FPGA SoC, On Board FT2232HQ USB-UART Bridge Controller
410-047-C2 - Evaluation Board, Xilinx CoolRunner-II CPLD Processor, C-Mod Board, 40 Pin DIP Package
New FPGA Resources
Over the coming weeks and months we will be releasing more FPGA Community resources in the FPGA Group such as:
- New RoadTests
- New Webinars, Training and Events
- New Tutorials
- New Challenges
- New FPGA Learning opportunities.
As always our community and content is shaped by you. If you have any input on what you would like to see or would like us to help you with, check out this thread below: