Xilinx' Spartan-7 FPGAs; flexible, I/O-Intensive programmables

November 23, 2015 // By Graham Prophet
Xilinx' Spartan-7 FPGA family is intended to deliver I/O intensive devices for cost-sensitive applications. The family targets connectivity requirements across markets including automotive, consumer, industrial IoT, data centre, wired and wireless communications, and portable medical solutions.

All Spartan-7 FPGAs will be supported on the no-cost Vivado Design Suite ( pictured) WebPACK Edition, as well as the Vivado Design and System Editions, to enable fastest time to integration and implementation.

The Spartan-7 FPGA family will, Xilinx says, deliver high I/O ratios in small form factor packages, critical for cost-sensitive markets. The family will provide up to 4X price-performance-per-Watt improvement over previous generations for flexible connectivity, interface bridging, and companion chip functionality.

“Xilinx has a long history of providing cost optimized solutions with our Spartan class of products,” says Kirk Saban, Senior Director of FPGA & SoC Product Management and Marketing at Xilinx. “The introduction of the Spartan-7 FPGA family re-affirms our continued commitment to that heritage and extends our multi-generational leadership in I/O density, small form factor packaging, and power efficiency.”

The new family and the Vivado Design Suite aim to deliver an IP-centric and system-centric development environment to address short development cycle requirements and aggressive time-to-market pressures common in cost-conscious markets. The Spartan-7 FPGA family will extend the existing Xilinx 7 Series portfolio, implemented in TSMC’s 28nm HPL process.

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