By Courtney E. Howard
SAN JOSE, Calif. (ESC), 4 April 2007. During a morning press conference, Xilinx Inc. executives revealed a new addition to the company's family of XtremeDSP solutions, the Spartan-DSP series with development boards and enhanced design software, designed to introduce a new price-performance-power triad for digital signal processing (DSP).
The Spartan-DSP series provides high DSP performance at the lowest cost points in the FPGA industry, delivering over 20 GMACS for under $30, say company representatives. At the same time, the new offerings consume up to 50 percent less dynamic power than other high-performance reconfigurable devices for DSP functions at a comparable performance point.
The Spartan-3A DSP platform features the 3SD3400A device delivering over 30 GMACS and 2200 Gbps memory bandwidth and the 3SD1800A device with over 20 GMACS and 1500 Gbps memory.
The Spartan-DSP series targets cost-sensitive, high-performance signal processing applications. Engineering samples are now shipping for the Spartan-3A DSP platform with the 3SD3400A device immediately available, and the 3SD1800A device to follow later this quarter. The 3SD3400A device is priced at $44.95 and the 3SD1800A device at $29.85.
Designers can immediately begin designing with full support for the XtremeDSP device portfolio with the 9.1i releases of System Generator for DSP suite for $995, AccelDSP synthesis tool for $4,995, and ISE Foundation for $2,495. Xilinx is offering the Spartan-3A DSP development board with the 3SD3400A device for $1,095.