Xilinx, Inc. (Nasdaq: XLNX), the world’s leading supplier of programmable logic solutions, announced it will demonstrate the industry’s first FPGA-based GigE Vision IP core solution using its leading low-cost Spartan(TM)-3 generation FPGAs. Designed specifically to meet the specific needs of the Machine Vision industry, the single-chip solution provides a cost-effective, high performance GigE Vision system that allows maximum bandwidth and full throughput. Xilinx is demonstrating the GigE Vision solution at this week’s Vision 2007, Feith Sensor to Image GmbH — Hall 4, Booth D11 and SILICONSOFTWARE — GmbH, Hall 4, Booth D26, New Stuttgart Trade Fair Center, Stuttgart.
The solution is the result of a design collaboration with Xilinx Alliance members, Feith Sensor to Image GmbH, Finger Lakes Engineering, and SILICONSOFTWARE GmbH leveraging standard Camera Link interface, the GigE Vision IP core, a soft-core tri-mode Ethernet MAC, and optional VisualApplets software.
The GigE Vision solution addresses a significant challenge that Machine Vision and high-performance camera manufacturers face to offer cost-effective, high-speed, industry-standard compliant GigE Vision transport. “The ability to provide gigabit throughput on Xilinx(R) Spartan(TM)-3 generation FPGAs enables manufacturers to maintain performance while significantly lowering the overall bill-of-materials cost, translating to higher margins, and pass-through savings to their customers,” said Niladri Roy, senior manager of ISM markets at Xilinx. “The VisualApplets environment eliminates much of the drudgery associated with HDL programming, and enables non-HDL-experts to build professional-grade image processing chains in days instead of weeks, resulting in increased productivity and accelerated time-to-market.”
Using the GigE Vision standard allows real time transfer of uncompressed images and data, ideal for high-performance cameras. The soft-core tri-mode Ethernet MAC is optimized for Xilinx Spartan-3 generation FPGAs, keeping costs down by removing dependence on high-priced chips with built-in hardened Ethernet MACs. The VisualApplets software enables quick and easy implementations of a Machine Vision system using fully parameterizable image processing operators.
About Xilinx Spartan-3 Generation FPGAs
Based on its industry leading performance and low price points, the Xilinx Spartan-3 generation of FPGAs has been broadly adopted in high-volume, consumer applications such as DVD players, plasma displays and HDTV. With the recent introduction of its Spartan-3A, Spartan-3AN and Spartan-3A DSP FPGA platforms, Xilinx continues to add new market-specific features to its low cost Spartan series FPGAs while reducing the cost by 30X since its introduction.
About Xilinx in Industrial, Scientific and Medical Markets
Xilinx offers a wide range of programmable solutions for the Industrial, Scientific, and Medical (ISM) markets, enabling a wide variety of energy-efficient end applications including industrial networking, motion control, machine vision, surveillance and medical imaging. In addition to providing domain-optimized silicon with the high-performance 65nm Virtex-5 family and low-cost Spartan-3 generation FPGAs, Xilinx offers a broad range of complete solutions including development boards, reference designs, starter kits, design tools and IP cores. Xilinx solutions provide ISM system designers with higher degrees of flexibility and faster time-to-market.
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