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embedded world: Xilinx introduces 'industry's first' extensible processing platform

Xilinx introduces industry's first extensible processing platform based on ARM architecture

Xilinx has unveiled what it claims to be the industry's first extensible processing platform for high end embedded applications such as video surveillance, automotive driver assistance and factory automation.

Supported by an extensive ecosystem of tools and IP providers, the Zynq-7000 range integrates a complete ARM Cortex-A9 MPCore processor based system with 28nm, low power programmable logic for system architects and embedded software developers to extend, customise and optimise their systems.

According to the fpga specialist, each device is built with NEON and double precision floating point engines that are fully integrated and hardwired. They also include L1 and L2 caches, memory controllers and commonly used peripherals. Xilinx claims the processing system boots at power up and can run a variety of operating systems independent of the programmable logic. The processing system then configures the programmable logic on an as needed basis.

High bandwidth AXI-4 advanced extensible Interface interconnect between the processing system and the programmable logic is implemented to enable multi gigabit data transfers at very low power to eliminate common performance bottlenecks for control, data, I/O and memory.

Laura Hopperton

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