Curtiss-Wright Controls Defense Solutions has announced the development of a new family of rugged FPGA XMC cards that combines Xilinx’s new Kintex-7 devices with CWCDS’ new XMC modular block architecture. The new Kintex-7 FPGA-based XF07 XMC family will comprise a broad family of standard COTS analog, digital and fibre optic XMC cards while also enabling fast, affordable delivery of customized MCOTS derivatives. These bespoke MCOTS derivative versions can address user-specific I/O and/or memory requirements at levels of affordability and turnaround times that make in-house design alternatives significantly less competitive.
For customers who desire the benefits of COTS XMC FPGA offerings, but have unique, specialized I/O requirements, the XF07 family’s revolutionary architecture simplifies and speeds the availability of custom MCOTS solutions. Previously, changing I/O on a standard card required moving the FPGA and memory components to find space on the card for the new I/O type. This is a complex process that can require changes to component traces, re-routing and re-designing the card’s FPGA building blocks. The XF07 family introduces a new architecture that eliminates re-design complexity. The XF07 family establishes a new common core FPGA processing block and strictly defined PCB territory that enables fast, simple modification and upgrading for memory and I/O interfaces with minimal effort.
Kintex-7 FPGAs offer high-density logic, high-performance serial connectivity, memory, and DSP capabilities to enable higher system-level performance and the next level of integration.
Fabricated on a high-performance, low-power 28nm process, all Xilinx 7 series FPGAs – which includes the Artix-7, Kintex-7, and Virtex-7 FPGAs– share a scalable optimized architecture that enables design migration across the families. . System manufacturers can easily scale successful designs to address adjacent markets requiring reduced cost and power or increased performance and capability. The adoption of AMBA 4, AXI4 specification as part of the interconnect strategy supporting Plug-and-Play FPGA design further improves productivity with IP reuse, portability, and predictability.