11/1/2002 - Xilinx announced its new Embedded Development Kit (EDK) as the vehicle for low cost solutions supporting the MicroBlazeTM 32-bit soft processor core in SpartanTM Series devices. The combination of a high performance soft processor and low cost silicon enables customers to rapidly develop flexible programmable systems that are ideal for market segments that Spartan FPGAs have widely penetrated, including plasma displays, set-top boxes, and broadband access. A typical MicroBlaze system, which includes a soft processor core, bus structure, UART, timer, SPI, GPIO, and UART peripherals connected to the IBM CoreConnectTM bus, consumes less than 25% of the total available logic resources in the 2S300E Spartan-IIE FPGA, while delivering 49 Dhrystone MIPS at 75 MHz.
"Low cost processor systems now have a viable alternative using both the MicroBlaze core and Spartan-IIE FPGAs. Customers have access to a highly integrated solution made up of easy-to-use tools, low cost FPGAs, and customizable soft IP that will get them ahead of existing solutions," said Per Holmberg, director of Programmable Systems Marketing at Xilinx.
Pricing and Availability
The Embedded Development Kit is available immediately for use with Xilinx® Spartan and VirtexTM Series FPGAs at a promotional price of $495 until the end of 2002. The MicroBlaze soft processor core is included in the EDK. Xilinx will also be updating "In-Warranty" MicroBlaze Development Kit (MDK) users with the EDK.
Xilinx, Inc. (NASDAQ: XLNX) is the worldwide leader of programmable logic and programmable system solutions.
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