03-06-2012 08:44 AM - edited 04-12-2012 03:29 PM
Welcome to our profile of the last course in the Fundamental’s Track for X-Fest 2012! Today, we will be taking a more in depth look at “Powering Xilinx 7 Series FPGAs.”
Hopefully you know by now that the Xilinx 7 Series FPGAs are one of the centerpieces for the 2012 installation of X-Fest. The new 7 Series FPGAs from Xilinx are fabricated on a high-performance, low-power (HLP) 28nm process, and as a result, the new 7 Series offers improved power savings over the previous generation of FPGAs. Part of this power improvement comes from the lowering of voltage requirements for the various banks within the FPGA.
While this is definitely good news, you may be wondering why we need to dedicate a whole course to this. Well let me tell you! In order to obtain the high levels of performance, special care must be taken to design high performance power solutions with voltage accuracy specifications of 3% or better. That’s where this course comes in. In this class, we will be exploring the power requirements of the Artix-7, Kintex- 7, and Virtex-7 family of FPGAs. More specifically, we will be reviewing the different voltage requirements, regulations tolerances, and start up sequencing requirements. Furthermore, the challenges of low voltage, high current systems and more will be addressed to help guide in the development of robust 7 Series compatible power systems.
I can safely say that this course is something that almost every engineer looking to use the Xilinx 7 Series will find practical and helpful. So what are you waiting for? Find out more information about X-Fest 2012 and register today at http://avnet.me/xfesttf!