Xilinx announced the availability of production qualified Spartan-3A DSP devices. The DSP platform offers 20 GMACs for under $30 for a wide range of low cost, data intensive applications including wireless, video surveillance, personal medical and consumer applications. The Spartan-3A DSP platform is part of the Xilinx XtremeDSP family that provides developers with a portfolio of programmable logic devices, IP, development tools and third party DSP ecosystem. The Spartan-3A DSP offers the opportunity to leverage the flexibility and inherent parallel processing capabilities of FPGAs in low cost and mobile applications. The platform is based on the company’s Spartan-3 generation FPGAs, with the added power management and connectivity features of the Spartan-3A platform. At the heart of the architecture is the XtremeDSP DSP48A slice that enables designers to implement many independent arithmetic functions.
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