Xilinx, Inc. (Nasdaq: XLNX), the world’s leading provider of programmable system solutions, announced the immediate availability of a powerful new development kit for building embedded processing systems based on PowerPC(R) 440 and MicroBlaze(TM) processors. Built around the Virtex(R)-5 FXT FPGA system integration platform, the new development kit enables both hardware and software designers to quickly architect, develop and debug a wide range of processing applications targeting communications, military, aerospace and many others markets.
“Xilinx has provided designers with a scalable embedded processing platform that ranges from the MicroBlaze soft processor on low-cost Spartan(R)-3A FPGAs to the high performance PowerPC 440 hard processor on Virtex-5 FXT FPGAs,” said Robert Day, vice president of marketing at LynuxWorks. “With the immediate availability of our BlueCat Linux BSP for this kit, software developers can use our BlueCat Linux solution as a common software development platform for both MicroBlaze and PowerPC processors.”
The Embedded Development HW/SW Kit – Virtex-5 FX70T PowerPC & MicroBlaze Processor Edition provides embedded system developers with all of the tools they need to get started quickly on their embedded processing designs. Starting with the award-winning Xilinx Platform Studio and ISE(R) Design Suite design environments, the kit also provides a Virtex-5 FX70T FPGA development board, the ML507, to accelerate system design; Linux reference designs; robust library of processing IP cores; and a USB JTAG download/debug cable. The ML507 includes flexible on-board memory options as well as many industry-standard connectivity interfaces to complement the Virtex-5 FX70T FPGA device with an integrated high-performance, low-latency PowerPC 440 processing block.
“With its new development kit, Xilinx has provided a compelling platform for device software developers to begin development with the Virtex-5 FXT platform,” said Kuljeet Kalkat, Vice President of Alliances Marketing at Wind River. “Developers can immediately use the award-winning Wind River Workbench development platform to accelerate time-to-market, building Virtex-5 FXT-based uniprocessor or multicore devices with VxWorks and Wind River Linux.”
The kit includes a pre-built Linux image and embedded processing reference design based on the PowerPC 440 processor, DDR2 memory interface and Gigabit Ethernet interface to help hardware designers get started quickly. They can also build fully customizable designs from scratch using the easy-to-use Base System Builder wizard and add their custom IP using Xilinx Platform Studio. The ML507 board provides users with a range of high performance I/O interfacing options including standard interfaces like Gigabit Ethernet, PCI Express(R) as well as custom interfaces they can develop using the gigabit transceivers available on the Virtex-5 FXT device using SMA connectors.
For software development, the kit is supported by the Xilinx Software Development Kit (Eclipse-based development environment with GNU tools) as well as a wide range of embedded operating systems and real-time operating systems, including the following:
- Wind River General Purpose Platform, Linux Edition 2.0
- MontaVista Linux 4.0 (5.0 coming soon)
- LynuxWorks BlueCat Linux 5.4.1
- TimeSys Linux
- Wind River’s VxWorks
- Green-Hills INTEGRITY
- ExpressLogic ThreadX
The industry-standard PowerPC 440 processor block runs at up to 550MHz and 1100 DMIPS in Virtex-5 FXT devices and offers the advantage of integrated DMA channels, dedicated memory interfaces and an FPU option as well as a 5×2 master/slave crossbar switch to optimize flexibility for customizing embedded systems without compromising speed. An APU (auxiliary processing unit) controller enables a direct processor connection to high-speed FPGA logic for a wide variety of coprocessing options, and the PowerPC 440 is already supported by numerous other industry-leading tool/RTOS suppliers.
“The Virtex-5 FXT FPGA with innovative PowerPC 440 block enables developers to cost-reduce and integrate sophisticated systems in a single FPGA, targeting high-performance applications,” said Tim Erjavec, director, platform solutions and services marketing at Xilinx. “The new embedded development kit accelerates the development process for these complicated designs by offering intelligent tools, IP and reference designs on a high-performance, customizable hardware platform.”
The Embedded Development HW/SW Kit – Virtex-5 FX70T PowerPC & MicroBlaze Processor Edition includes the following:
- ML507 Development Board (Evaluation Platform)
- Ultimate Productivity with the ISE Design Suite
- ISE(TM) Foundation(TM) tool suite (full seat license)
- Award winning Platform Studio(TM) embedded tool suite (full seat license)
- Pre-Verified Reference Designs
- Support for developing Embedded software with Linux or various RTOS’ for PowerPC 440 processor
- USB JTAG Probe, Regional Power Supply
- Compact FLASH device, Cross-Over Ethernet & Serial Cables
Pricing and Availability
The Embedded Development HW/SW Kit – Virtex-5 FX70T FPGA PowerPC & MicroBlaze Processor Edition (Model Number DK-V5-EMBD-ML507-G) is immediately available from Xilinx, sales channels and online store for $2,595 US.
About the Virtex-5 FXT Platform
The Virtex(R)-5 FXT platform is optimized for high-performance embedded processing, digital signal processing (DSP) and high-speed serial connectivity to offer the ultimate in system integration. The Virtex-5 FXT platform is the capstone of the 65nm Virtex-5 family that began shipping in 2006. Comprised of five new devices, the Virtex-5 FXT platform includes the first FPGAs to feature industry-standard PowerPC(R) 440 processor blocks. It also includes low-power GTX transceivers capable of 6.5Gbps performance and DSP48E slices that deliver more than 190 GMAC’s of performance.
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