BOSTON, Sept. 12 /PRNewswire/ -- Xilinx, Inc. (Nasdaq: XLNX) today
released the PowerPC(TM) and MicroBlaze(TM) Development Kit, Virtex(TM)-4 FX12
Edition, a comprehensive design environment with everything embedded
developers need to create processor-based systems. The FX12 Edition delivers
an integrated platform with hardware, design tools, intellectual property (IP)
and reference designs to kick start the development process. Developers can
select the processor(s) best suited for the target application and rapidly
configure complete systems with a single, easy-to-use kit. The new development
kit is being showcased this week during the Embedded Systems Conference in
Boston, September 12-14, 2005.
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"Creating a new, real-time embedded system can be quite a challenge today,
especially if you are designing your own custom hardware, software and
firmware," said Mark Aaldering, vice president of the Embedded Processing and
IP Divisions at Xilinx. "The completely integrated development environment of
the Virtex(TM)-4 FX12 Edition will rapidly accelerate the embedded design
Complete Development Kit
The PowerPC and MicroBlaze Development Kit, Virtex-4 FX12 Edition,
supports both the PowerPC 405 hard processor and MicroBlaze soft processor for
the Xilinx Virtex-4 FX series of Platform FPGAs. The kit integrates the
* Virtex-4 ML403 development board (hardware);
* Fully licensed versions of the award-winning Platform Studio embedded
tool suite and Integrated Software Environment(TM) (ISE) FPGA design
* Extensive peripheral support with more than 60 IP cores;
* JTAG probe (choice of USB or parallel) for code download, debug and FPGA
* Serial and Ethernet cables, regional power supply, pre-configured FLASH
* Variety of pre-verified reference designs and full documentation.
Central to the ML403 functionality is the Virtex-4 FX12 FPGA device with
the immersed PowerPC 405 processor and integrated 10/100/1000 Mb/s Ethernet
controllers. Providing a rich set of features, the ML403 evaluation board
includes required peripherals, memory, audio, video and user interfaces
enabling designers to easily and cost effectively prototype/evaluate their
embedded system design.
Pre-Verified Reference Designs and Intelligent Tools Accelerate
The programmable platform and intelligent Platform Studio design tools
provided with the PowerPC and MicroBlaze Development Kit enable developers to
craft embedded systems with the optimal combination of features, performance,
area and cost. They can choose the most effective processor core for the
target application, customize IP, optimize the performance, and validate
software on a development board before their own custom hardware is even back
from the shop.
In addition, the pre-verified reference designs delivered with the FX12
Edition kit offer a broad set of options for rapidly configuring complete
systems, so developers can focus on adding value to their designs. These
include both hardware and software implementations to exercise the many
features of the ML403 platform, such as Ethernet, DDR memory, video and audio
functions, as well as Wind River Systems VxWorks(TM) and Monta Vista embedded
Linux operating system demonstrations.
Platform, Pricing and Availability
The PowerPC and MicroBlaze Development Kit, Virtex-4 FX12 Edition (DO-
ML403-EDK-ISE), is immediately available for purchase at $895 US. The ISE FPGA
and Platform Studio embedded tools shipped with the FX12 Edition kit support
the following computing platforms: Windows(R) 2000 SP2, SP3, SP4, and XP SP1,
SP2, Solaris(R) 2.8/5.8 and 2.9/5.9, as well as Linux(R) Red Hat(R) Enterprise
3.0. For complete information on Xilinx embedded development kits, visit
Xilinx, Inc. is the worldwide leader of programmable logic solutions. For
more information, visit www.xilinx.com.
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