Xilinx has always been a leader in the FPGA sector. With the Artix7 line, they have shown yet again why they are at the forefront of this technology. Combining the low power 28nm architecture with unparalleled performance, the Artix-7 line is unrivaled for many applications.
The Artix-7 line introduces the best performance per watt in the industry. This makes it ideal in a wide range of power sensitive environments. For battery operated software defined radios, power consumption in the FPGA is the primary power consumer on the board. When switching from 45nm technologies, the Artix-7 line can reduce power by half, or double the performance for a given desired battery life. This ensures that your radios have the best balance of performance and battery life when compared to your competitor’s radios, whether you are transceiving ethernet or proprietary message formats.
Other applications also rely on dependable performance at a low power consumption. For example, low cost portable ultrasound machines require the ability to be used anywhere, anytime. Decreased power consumption has allowed for a smaller, lighter battery, allowing for their implementation in smaller, more portable packages, often times with an increased battery life to boot.
In fact, any time high levels of low latency processing is required at a low power requirement, the Artix 7 line is ideal for the application. These FPGAs have the ideal specifications for the rapidly expanding machine vision market. Due to the need for rapid manipulation of large streams of video, oftentimes in a situation where a battery is required, or only low power delivery is possible, the Artix7 is the ideal solution.
The Artix-7, like all of the Xilinx FPGAs, also benefits from an accelerated design and verification effort. The best in the industry Vivado design suite allows for very rapid development of your product. A wide user base and excellent community experience with all of the Artix7 line has allowed for a great deal of programming building blocks that you can draw from to accelerate your design efforts. Whether you are designing a media access controller or an LTE radio, building blocks of code already exist to help you eliminate entire portions of your development. Encryption and decoding is another area with a great wealth of resources already available for implementation. For video applications, H.264 and many other encoding can be implemented from the IP database available for this line.
The Artix-7 line also benefits from a wide range of development boards and kits available. This line can be coded in either C-based programming or with the plug-and-play building blocks available. Reducing time of development not only directly reduces the development costs, but it also allows you to go to market with your new product sooner, giving a potential massive advantage to your product.
Whether you are designing battery powered RF transceivers or medical devices, the Artix7 line may be for you. With the best in class performance per watt, it is sure to be a great fit for any power sensitive applications that you may have.
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