Silica has introduced a dev kit which it says is the industry’s first to combine a Cortex-M3 microcontroller and a Spartan-6 FPGA on a single board. The new Xynergy board provides engineers with an innovative development environment for applications requiring Microcontroller as well as FPGA-functionalities.
Xynergy combines a brand new STMicroelectronics STM32F217 controller, which is based on an ARM Cortex-M3 core, with a Xilinx Spartan-6 low-cost FPGA XC6SLX16. The controller’s FSMC interface enables a parallel 16-bit connection for the FPGA ensuring high-speed data transfer between the two components. The Cortex-M3 core can be clocked at up to 120 MHz and incorporates 1 MB Flash memory and 128 KB SRAM. In addition, the 1 Gbit DDR-3 memory, which is connected to the FPGA, can be made transparent via the FSMC bus, enabling the controller to use it too.