FPGA Embedded Kit accelerates system integration for soft processors

May 28, 2012 // By Nick Flaherty
Xilinx has launched a ready-to-use development platform for system integration in applications where the processor needs to control different data streams, such as in video and Ethernet switching, motor control, and medical imaging.

The Kintex-7 FPGA Embedded Kit supports a range of standards, parallel processing and customizable interfaces with integrated functions like high performance DSP, memory, analog and I/O interfaces, making it easier for designers to embed soft processors to control dataflow and manage a number of interfaces in the system.
"Designers can reduce development time by using the Kintex-7 FPGA embedded targeted reference design that comes with the kit as a stepping stone for building their customized embedded systems," said Raj Seelam, Xilinx Senior Marketing Manager of Targeted Design Platforms. "The scalable, optimized architecture of Kintex-7 FPGAs allows customers to migrate their designs across Xilinx's 28nm 7 series devices, maximizing design reuse and reducing time to market."
Equipped with a combination of silicon, tools, IP cores, and MicroBlaze soft processor-based reference designs, both software and hardware developers alike can work on their designs in parallel. The kit has all the components needed for designers to get started, including a KC705 baseboard with Kintex-7 325T FPGA, ISE Design Suite Embedded Edition (including Xilinx Platform Studio and Xilinx Software Development Kit), USB, Ethernet, HDMI and power cables/supply and an AMS evaluation card.
The Kintex-7 FPGA Embedded Kit is priced at $1895 and is available to order.