Xilinx Simplifies Embedded System Design with New Integrated PowerPC and MicroBlaze Development Kit Xilinx Award-Winning Platform Studio, High Performance Virtex-4 FX FPGA Board,

PowerPC and MicroBlaze Processor Designs Available in Single Easy-to-Use Kit



    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
 process."
 
     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
 following contents:
 
     * 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
       software;
     * Extensive peripheral support with more than 60 IP cores;
     * JTAG probe (choice of USB or parallel) for code download, debug and FPGA
       programming;
     * Serial and Ethernet cables, regional power supply, pre-configured FLASH
       device; and
     * 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
 Development
     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
 www.xilinx.com/embdevkits.
 
     About Xilinx
     Xilinx, Inc. is the worldwide leader of programmable logic solutions. For
 more information, visit www.xilinx.com.
 
 

SOURCE Xilinx, Inc.

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