New Xilinx Kintex-7 FPGA Connectivity Kit Dramatically Increases Productivity for Designing High Bandwidth Applications

New Xilinx Kintex-7 FPGA Connectivity Kit Dramatically Increases Productivity
                  for Designing High Bandwidth Applications

Use of pre-verified and integrated IP shortens time-to-market, reduces BOM and
future-proofs high speed serial designs

PR Newswire

SAN JOSE, Calif., June 28, 2012

SAN JOSE, Calif., June 28, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Xilinx Inc. (NASDAQ: XLNX)
today announced the availability of the Kintex™-7 FPGA Connectivity Kit for
customers creating advanced serial I/O designs across a broad range of high
bandwidth applications. The Kintex-7 FPGA Connectivity Kit dramatically
increases designer productivity by including a fully validated and supported
reference design that integrates an entire PCIe® solution with DDR3
sub-system, including both the HDL and the complete software stack.



"The Kintex-7 FPGA Connectivity Kit helps increase our customers' productivity
by offering a Targeted Reference Design that removes much of the tedious work
customers would otherwise have to do on their own. They can focus on what they
do best – building and optimizing their own applications," said Raj Seelam,
director of marketing at Xilinx. "This highly optimized reference design can
be used in production systems or as a proven base for custom modifications
which significantly improves our customers' time-to-market."

The Kintex-7 FPGA Connectivity Kit provides a comprehensive, out-of-the box
design environment that includes a 20 Gb/s Targeted Reference Design (TRD) to
jump-start application development. The reference design integrates the
Kintex-7 device's 12.5 Gb/s GTX transceivers and PCIe x8 Gen2 hard block with
a high-performance 10G DMA IP core from Northwest Logic, dual 10G Ethernet
links using 10GBASE-R PHY interface, a virtual FIFO memory controller
interfacing to an external DDR3 memory and supports the AMBA® AXI4 (Advanced
eXtensible Interface 4) standard. 

The reference design provides designers with a high-performance solution for
high bandwidth applications such as wired telecommunications and wireless
infrastructure, audio, video, and broadcast solutions; high-end consumer
markets; aerospace and defense (A&D) and high-performance computing storage
applications. Also provided are the software drivers, driver source code and a
GUI to enable users to control and evaluate the design more quickly.

The kit itself includes a Kintex-7 FPGA KC705 base board with a high-speed FMC
daughter card from Faster Technology that allows up to four 10 Gb/s SFP+
interfaces, two of which are leveraged in the TRD to give developers a
real-world example to reference for their next high-speed serial I/O designs.

The 28nm Kintex-7 family is designed for maximum power efficiency and delivers
a 2x price-performance improvement while consuming 50 percent less power
compared to the previous generation of FPGAs. Kintex-7 FPGAs offer
high-density logic and up to 32 GTX high-performance transceivers with a
maximum performance up to 12.5 Gb/s and a peak serial bandwidth of 800 Gb/s.

The Xilinx Kintex-7 FPGA Connectivity Kit is available now for $2895. For more
information on the Kintex-7 FPGA Connectivity Kit, visit

About Xilinx
Xilinx is the world's leading provider of All Programmable technologies and
devices, going beyond traditional programmable logic to enable both hardware
and software programmability, integrate both digital and analog mixed-signal
functions, and allow new levels of programmable interconnect in both
monolithic and multi-die 3D ICs. The company's products are coupled with a
next-generation design environment and IP to serve a broad range of customer
needs, from programmable logic to programmable systems integration. For more
information, visit


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Bruce Fienberg

SOURCE Xilinx, Inc.

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