The Artix 7

Convenience, effectiveness, and top-performance has been the criteria for the competition in cost-sensitive markets such as the medical field, aeronautics, military, communications, engineering and electronics . While maintaining power to a critical or minimum level, developers should efficiently utilize models for greater processing bandwidth, portability and application reach. Breaking down the demands of these fields, manufacturers would consider power-reduction for greater portability, a cost-cut high performance delivery, and advanced functionality in a small form factor.

The Xilinx® Artix®-7 family could be a potential supply to these demands. It has innovated cost-sensitive solutions by decreasing power consumption in half as compared from its previous generation. Nevertheless, it never failed to provide best-in-class transceivers and signal processing capabilities for high bandwidth applications. As it is composed of 28nm HPL process, it delivers the best performance-per-watt. Artix-7 FPGAs best suit the needs of products such as medical equipment, and military radios, as powered together with the MicroBlaze™ soft processor. It also matches the criteria for size, weight, power and cost-sensitive markets such as avionics and communications.

6.6Gb/s transceivers enabling 211Gb/s peak bandwidth (full duplex), single and double differential I/O standards with speeds of up to 1.25 gigabyte per second of signal processing, a DDR3 memory that runs 1,066 megabyte per second with a SODIMMs support, a 200+ DMIPs MicroBlaze processor in Microcontroller, a Real Time Processor, an Application Processor configuration, and an integrated memory interface for streamlined access are all provided by the Artix-7 FPGAs therefore introducing consumers to whole new levels of performance at

The Artix-7 FPGAs also provide the consumers 50% less total power compared to previous generation, sub-watt performance ranging from 13,000-200,000 logic cells, 2X logic, 2.5X block RAM, 5.7X more DSP slices than Spartan-6 FPGAs, and lowest-power industrial speed grade offering to double the capacity, cut the power in half while being on a comparable cost.

Along with these features, the smallest package is an edge for the Artix-7 being on a 10x10mm, low-cost, wire-bound chip-scale BGA packaging for maximum system integration. Other capabilities of the Artix-7 include a production proven 28nm process, architecture, and quality, integrated IP blocks to reduce development time and risk, integrated wizards for rapid development of built-in blocks, Baremetal, freeRTOS, and Linux support for MicroBlaze processor with drag n’ drop peripherals, development kits with IP and reference designs for quick design starts.

All these specifications and capabilities enable manufactures to innovate their current products. For instances, biomedical technicians or radiologic technologists could compose a portable ultrasound using a fully programmable 64-channel that scales up to 196 or 256 channels for high-end cart solutions or down to 32 channels for hand-held form factors. On the other hand, Artix-7 could empower aerospace and defense using a software-defined radio. It could also provide a programmable logic controller in the industry.

The Artix-7 is a magnificent FPGA as it could gratify certain demands in a vast array of markets. These markets include the medical field, aeronautics, industry, and many more. Considering its flexibility, power and performance, the Artix-7 could be a potential future of FPGA’s even though it provides cost-efficient service.

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