Xilinx Introduces Ml501 Development Platform for Virtex-5 LX FPGA

Xilinx today announced immediate availability of the low-cost, feature-rich ML501 development platform for applications based on its industry-leading 65nm Virtex(TM)-5 LX devices. The platform combines the robust features of a 65nm LX50 device with all the mainstream interfaces and connectors today’s FPGA users expect. The platform features an on-board DDR2 SODIMM socket with 256 MB of memory that can be expanded by the user if desired, plus on-board flash memory for configuration bit stream storage. Single-ended and differential I/O expansion are provided, as well as commonly used interfaces such as USB, PS/2 for keyboard & mouse, an RJ-45 connector for 10/100 Ethernet networking, an RS-232 serial port, video output (DVI/VGA), and audio in and out ports.

The ML501 platform allows FPGA designers to immediately begin taking advantage of the 30 percent higher logic fabric performance and 35 percent lower dynamic power than previous generation FPGAs. The LX50 device on the board contains 46,080 logic cells, 1,728 Kbytes of block RAM and 440 user I/O signals, providing enough capability to implement larger real-world applications.

Pricing and availability
The ML501 development board includes complete documentation including a user guide, getting started tutorial, schematics, Gerber plots, and fab drawings. The development platform is priced at USD $995 and available through on-line channels today.

About Xilinx Virtex-5 FPGAs
Built upon the industry’s most advanced 65nm triple-oxide technology, breakthrough new ExpressFabric technology and proven ASMBL(TM) architecture, the Virtex-5 family represents the fifth generation in the award-winning Virtex product line. Key design team innovations in process technology, architecture and product development methodology have led to unprecedented performance and density gains with Virtex-5 FPGAs while consuming 45 percent less area than previous generation 90nm FPGAs. Initial shipments of the Virtex-5 LX Platform began this year with future platforms to follow.

About Xilinx
Xilinx, Inc. is the worldwide leader of programmable logic solutions.