All You Need to Know About the Xilinx 7 Series

Xilinx 7 Series

Xilinx introduced to the world the most advanced all programmable FPGA development boards at the 28nm node. Following Xilinx innovation, rather than using the high-power and performance process of PC’s graphics chipsets or the lower-powered process tailored for cellular devices, Xilinx with the help of TSMC to build a process constituted to the requirements of all programmable devices.

Therefore, the TSMS 28 nm HPL (High-Performance, low power) development technology comprises of a mix of power saving and performance of all Xilinx programmable devices market. Now, newer designs that require high performance to function do not come with exorbitant costs of high power consumption. On the other hand, models that need high power consumption can effectively meet those requirements.

Xilinx 7 All Programmable FGGA

The Xilinx 7 series introduced a full line of scalable all Programmable FPGAs boards that feature development blocs of DSP blocks, logic cells and BlockRAM which are consistent on all 7 series model, making it easier to migrate between designs. The Xilinx 7 series include FPGA boards such as;

–    Low-cost Artix-7 family

–    Midrange Kintex -7 family

–    High-end Virtex-7 family

Additionally, Xilinx developed two award-winning first-of-their-kind devices, that is;

–    The Zynq-7000 (an all programmable SoC)

–    The Virtex-7 3D ICs

Zynq-7000: Benefits of FPGAs and CPUs on a Single Device

The Xilinx Zynq-7000 all programmable SoC, on a single chip, combines the speed of a dual-core ARM Cortex-A9 CPUs with a multi-port memory controller in a FPGA SoC Processing system domain with a  standardized input-output peripherals in a programmable logic domain. This board design provides flexibility, low-latency communication, extension, capability and high-performance between programmable logic and processing that other system which discretely connect FPGAs to processor-based devices through printed circuit boards cannot achieve.

Kintex-7: The Perfect Balance of Power Saving and High Performance

The Xilinx Kintex 7 features the right mix of power consumption versus FPGA high clock rate performance as well as capacity, high-speed I/O, reliability and security. These blends of features makes Kintex-7 best suited for various products that utilize LabVIEW RIO (reconfigurable I/O) architecture. This makes the Kintex-7 family to have the performance and capacity of high-end FPGA’s with consuming half the power. With impressive power reduction means Kintex-7 devices can produce over twice the processing capacity of digital signal per device.

Artix-7: The Quality of a smaller size, high performance and lowest power consumption

Artix-7 shares same the FPGA resources as the Kintex-7 family but optimized to smaller sized packages and much lower power consumption while delivering same performance and capacity, but very affordable prices.

Xilinx Vivado: Enhanced Compilation Performance

Vivado is a compilation technology that offers LabView 2014 and later users developing with Xilinx 7-series FPGA’s and Zynq-7000 SoCs benefits such as;

  • Consistent and reliable timing closures
  • Faster compilation for Kintex-7 FPGA that were using Xilinx ISE
  • Improved resource utilization

With the advancements in Xilinx All programmable SoC and FPGA technology, scientists and engineers can create reconfigurable systems customized with onboard processing  to efficiently solve complicated and control and measure problems for faster turn over and at affordable costs.

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