Xilinx shipping largest FPGA

SAN FRANCISCO—Market-leading programmable logic vendor Xilinx Inc. said Tuesday (Jan. 12) that it is now shipping the Virtex-6 LX760 device, the largest FPGA currently available.

Xilinx (San Jose, Calif.) said Virtex-6 LX760 is available for delivery with immediate design tool support, enabling customers to get started on their projects today by using the company's ISE Design Suite 11.4.

The Virtex-6 LX760 device is suited for applications that require intensive computational performance and high logic density, according to Xilinx. The large-capacity device enables designers to use a single-FPGA to prototype or emulate a greater range of ASIC designs than ever before, according to the company.

In addition to high logic capacity, the LX760 device offers a higher I/O count than competing FPGAs to simplify the challenge of partitioning a large ASIC netlist across multiple FPGAs, according to Xilinx. The ISE Design Suite version 11.4 reduces compile time by 30 percent to enable large, according to the firm.

The Virtex-6 LX760 device 1,200 I/O pins and 25,920 Kbits of Block RAM embedded memory, according to Xilinx, which maintains that both are industry-leading numbers. The LX760 device is optimized to tradeoff high-speed serial transceivers for higher I/O, logic, and embedded memory capacity.

A Xilinx spokesperson said the company has been shipping other Virtex-6 devices for a few months, including the LX130T, LX195T and LX240T.

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