Avnet Electronics Marketing Releases Virtex-5 FXT FPGA Evaluation Kit

The Avnet Electronics Marketing Americas business region of Avnet, Inc. (NYSE:AVT) announces the release of the Xilinx® Virtex®-5 FXT FPGA Evaluation Kit. Based on the latest Virtex-5 FXT Field Programmable Gate Array (FPGA) from Xilinx, the kit includes an evaluation board, ISE® Design Suite 10.1 WebPACK(tm) design tools, evaluation Embedded Development Kit (EDK) software, power supply and access to reference designs and tutorials. The low-cost kit is ideal for software and FPGA designers interested in exploring the Virtex-5 FXT platform’s embedded IBM PowerPC® 440 embedded blocks and system integration capabilities.

The Virtex-5 FXT FPGA Evaluation Kit uses one Virtex-5 FX30T device to deliver over 32,000 logic cells, 64 DSP48E slices, an 1100 MIPS @ 550 MHz PowerPC 440 processor block, eight RocketIO(tm) GTX low-power transceivers and four gigabit Ethernet Media Access Control (MAC) addresses. The evaluation kit also comes with supporting peripherals to provide an easy to use, entry level system for code development and debug, exploring processor architecture options, and general evaluation of the Virtex-5 FXT platform. The kit is priced at $395 with commercial shipments beginning in mid-May.

The board features:

  • 64 MB DDR2 SDRAM and 16 MB Flash
  • 10/100/1GB Ethernet PHY
  • RS-232 and USB-UART serial ports
  • Half slot EXP expansion interface

Target applications for the new kit include embedded applications targeting the IBM PowerPC 440 processor block, general FPGA prototyping, communications systems and image processing.

“The Xilinx Virtex-5 FPGA family is the first to deliver the performance, density, and cost benefits for unprecedented performance,” said Tim Barber, senior vice president of global Xilinx marketing for Avnet Electronics Marketing. “The Virtex-5 FXT FPGA Evaluation Kit offers breakthrough performance while reducing power consumption – offering engineers a cost effective design solution for their electronics systems.”

For more information or to purchase the Virtex-5 FXT Evaluation Board , please visit: www.em.avnet.com/virtex5fxt-evl. To access Avnet’s Design Resource Center, please visit: www.em.avnet.com/drc.

About Avnet Electronics Marketing
Avnet Electronics Marketing is an operating group of Phoenix-based Avnet, Inc. (NYSE:AVT), a Fortune 500 company. Avnet Electronics Marketing serves electronic original equipment manufacturers (EOEMs) and electronic manufacturing services (EMS) providers in more than 70 countries, distributing electronic components from leading manufacturers and providing associated design-chain and supply-chain services.

About Avnet
Avnet, Inc. (NYSE:AVT) is one of the largest distributors of electronic components, computer products and technology services and solutions with more than 300 locations serving more than 70 countries worldwide. The company markets, distributes and optimizes the supply-chain and provides design-chain services for the products of the world’s leading electronic component suppliers, enterprise computer manufacturers and embedded subsystem providers. Avnet brings a breadth and depth of capabilities, such as maximizing inventory efficiency, managing logistics, assembling products and providing engineering design assistance for its 100,000 customers, accelerating their growth through cost-effective, value-added services and solutions. For the fiscal year ended June 30, 2007, Avnet generated revenue of $15.68 billion. For more information, visit www.avnet.com.