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Xilinx 20nm All Programmable Portfolio Builds On 28nm Breakthroughs To Stay A Generation Ahead

Stocks in this article: XLNX

Next-Generation All Programmable FPGAs

The 20nm 8 series All Programmable FPGAs will provide 2x the performance, half the power, and 1.5 to 2x the integration capabilities over the current generation.  High-growth applications for these devices include Nx100G wired networking, wireless L1 baseband co-processing for LTE A wireless networks, and next-generation system acceleration and connectivity.  Notable advancements include:

  • Architectural improvements to extend resource utilization beyond 90 percent and algorithms optimized for routability to deliver 4x faster design closure
  • System-optimized, high-speed transceivers with unmatched second generation adaptive equalization, low jitter, and the lowest power
  • 2x memory bandwidth coupled with significant increases in digital signal processing and on-chip memory performance

Second Generation All Programmable 3D ICs

Xilinx's second generation 3D ICs will have homogeneous and heterogeneous configurations.  High-growth applications include Nx100G/400G smart networks, top-of-rack data center switches, and highest integration ASIC prototyping.  Notable advancements include:

  • Two-level 3D interconnect with industry-standard interfaces and 5x greater die-to-die bandwidth
  • 1.5-2x logic capacity, 4x transceiver bandwidth and integrated wide memories combined with Interlaken connectivity, traffic management and packet processing IP
  • Co-optimization with design tools results in 2x the integration through enhanced, highly scalable algorithms, intra- and inter-die routing capacity and auto design closure

Second Generation All Programmable SoCs

Xilinx's 20nm All Programmable SoCs integrate heterogeneous processing cores with FPGA fabric for accelerating key processing functions. High-growth applications include heterogeneous wireless network radios, baseband acceleration and backhaul, data center security appliances, and embedded vision applications in automotive, industrial, scientific, medical, and Aerospace and Defense markets.  Notable advancements include:

  • Improved bandwidth between the processing system and the FPGA fabric for accelerating key processing functions
  • Next-generation I/O, transceiver and DDR memory interfacing capabilities
  • Next-generation block-level power optimizations along with advanced SoC-level power management
  • Next-generation security enhancements, building on advancements announced recently at the ARM® TechCon® 2012 conference.

Co-Optimized with the Vivado Design Suite

Introduced with Xilinx's ground-breaking 28nm 7 series FPGA portfolio, the Vivado Design Suite is co-optimized even further for 20nm product families so that designers can achieve:

  • 20 percent greater LUT utilization, up to a 3 speed grade performance improvement, and up to 35 percent greater power reduction
  • 4x improvement in design productivity due to faster hierarchical planning, analytic place and route engines and support for fast incremental ECOs (engineering change orders)
  • Verification run-time improves by over 100x when using a C-based design flow, plus 4-5x faster integration time leveraging IP core reuse using the Vivado Design Suite IP integrator and packager.

Xilinx will be announcing more specifics by family as the portfolio is rolled out. Xilinx is already engaging with strategic customers on its 20nm FPGAs with restricted access to product definitions and documentation.

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