Xilinx Rolls Out Development Platforms for 65nm Virtex-5 FPGAs

Xilinx announced immediate availability of its low-cost, feature-rich ML505 and ML506 development platforms for serial connectivity and DSP applications based on its industry-leading 65nm Virtex(TM)-5 FPGAs. These two development platforms combine the robust features and benefits of Virtex-5 FPGAs with all required mainstream interfaces and connectors, further simplifying designs and giving customers a time-to-market advantage.

The ML505 development platform based on the Virtex-5 LX50T device and ML506 development platform based on the Virtex-5 SX50T device allow designers to immediately begin taking advantages of the high-performance and low-power logic fabric, serial connectivity and DSP capabilities of Virtex-5 FPGAs. Both the Virtex-5 LXT and SXT platforms offer 3.2Gbps low-power transceivers with built-in PCI Express(R) endpoint and tri-mode Ethernet MAC blocks, allowing engineers to implement serial interfaces with the greatest ease of use. The Virtex-5 SXT FPGA also has abundant DSP48E resources ideal for DSP intensive designs.

Both the ML505 and ML506 development platforms include many commonly used interfaces such as RJ-45 connectors for 10/100/1000 Ethernet networking, USB, PS/2 and RS-232 serial ports for computer peripherals, DVI and VGA ports for video applications, serial ATA for storage applications, and an SFP module for telecom applications. Both development platforms feature on-board SODIMM sockets with 256 MB of DDR2 memory that can be expanded by the user, and on-board flash memory for multiple configuration options. Single-ended and differential I/O expansion headers are also provided, enabling access to host modules and daughter cards. These two development platforms are designed to support other Virtex-5 FPGAs in the same FF1136 package allowing customers to upgrade functionality with a common development platform in the future.

Pricing and availability
The ML505 and ML506 development platforms include a user guide, getting started tutorial, reference designs, board schematics and Gerber plots. Both development platforms are priced at USD $1195 and are immediately available online through the Xilinx global distribution network.

About Xilinx Virtex-5 FPGAs
Named Product and Innovation of the Year by EDN Magazine, the Virtex-5 family represents the fifth generation in the award-winning Virtex product line. Built upon the industry’s most advanced 65nm triple-oxide technology, breakthrough new ExpressFabric technology and proven ASMBL(TM) architecture, the Virtex-5 family includes four domain-optimized platforms for high-speed logic, digital signal processing (DSP), embedded processing and serial connectivity applications. Xilinx has been delivering the benefits of 65nm Virtex-5 FPGAs since May 2006, and is now shipping 12 devices across three of the four platforms (LX, LXT, and SXT). Devices may be purchased online or through Xilinx distributors.