Nu Horizons announces high-rel Virtex-5Q FPGA family for high performance aerospace and defence applications

26th November 2009
Staff Reporter

Xilinx Virtex-5Q FPGAs, developed specifically for the high-reliability aerospace and defence markets, are now available from Nu Horizons. Based on Xilinx's proven commercial Virtex-5 FPGAs, the Virtex-5Q family offers greater operational temperature ranges off-the-shelf to fit the needs of the aerospace and defense customer base as well as ruggedised packaging for protection against tin-whiskering and harsh manufacturing processes. Mask-set control and long-term product availability are also standard. Virtex-5Q FPGAs offer the best solution for addressing the needs of aerospace and defense logic, DSP, and embedded systems designers for a host of applications including imaging, secure applications, electronic warfare, packet processing, and more.

Using the second generation ASMBL (Advanced Silicon Modular Block) column-based architecture, the Virtex-5Q family contains four distinct sub-families: the LX high-performance logic FPGA, the LXT high-performance FPGA with added connectivity, the digital signal processing optimised SXT, and the embedded processing optimised FXT.

In addition to the most advanced, high-performance logic fabric with up to 330,000 logic cells, Virtex-5Q FPGAs contain many hard-IP system level blocks, including powerful 36-Kbit block RAM/FIFOs, second generation 25x18 DSP slices, SelectIO technology with built-in digitally-controlled impedance, ChipSync source-synchronous interface blocks, system monitor functionality, enhanced clock management tiles with integrated DCM (Digital Clock Managers) and phase-locked-loop (PLL) clock generators, and advanced configuration options. Additional device-dependant features include power-optimised high-speed serial transceiver blocks for enhanced serial connectivity, PCIExpress compliant integrated Endpoint blocks, tri-mode Ethernet MACs (Media Access Controllers), and high-performance PowerPC440 microprocessor embedded blocks.

The Virtex-5Q LX, LXT, SXT, and FXT FPGAs also include advanced high-speed serial connectivity and link/transaction layer capability.

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