FPGA families target embedded vision and industrial IoT

Additions to the Spartan, Artix and Zynq FPGA families target embedded vision and industrial IoT, says Xilinx.

These applications need to collect, aggregate, and analyse data from a variety of sensors. This can be in the form of scaling a multi-sensor camera’s functionality on a factory floor, or developing a smart drone with an guidance system based on sensor fusion,using FPGA and SoC offerings across the portfolio for part or all of the system. The expanded Xilinx Spartan, Artix, and Zynq families address next generation any-to-any connectivity, sensor fusion, precision control, image processing, analytics, and safety and security.

The portfolio now includes the Spartan-7 family, additional Artix-7 products, and the Zynq-7000 single core devices, and is claimed to offer the most compelling performance/W and expanded processor scalability all at lower cost entry points.

The Spartan-7 family offers the industry’s only 28nm-based FPGA in an 8.0 x 8.0mm package, for cost-efficient connectivity for both legacy and cutting-edge interfaces, while delivering the highest performance/ sensor fusion and precision control in a small form factor, claims the company.

The addition Artix-7 devices are claimed to provide best-in-class image processing bandwidth in multi-sensor embedded vision with greater power efficiency at small densities.

The Zynq-7000 All Programmable SoC single core devices offer an even lower cost entry-point to a fully scalable, ARM processor based Zynq-7000 All Programmable SoC, according to the company. A multi-layered approach to safety and security includes processor-driven secure boot and the latest generation bitstream encryption and authentication to address cybersecurity in the IoT. These extensions complement the recently announced dual core CG MPSoC products to provide options of single to dual core A9 on 28nm process technology to dual core A53 on 16nm process technology.

All enhancements are enabled in the upcoming 2016.3 release of the Vivado Design Suite for IP-centric and system-centric design and implementation, as well as the company’s SDx software-defined environments. According to the company, this empowers both hardware and software developers to meet aggressive design schedules. The devices will be supported on the free-of-charge Vivado Design Suite WebPACK Edition, as well as the Vivado Design and System to enable immediate development.

Spartan-7 device sampling and Zynq-7000S production devices will begin shipping in the first quarter of 2017.



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