Process shift puts 8 million gates on Xilinx FPGA

AUGUST 19--An 8 million-gate field-programmable gate array (FPGA) that can be clocked at more than 400 MHz and I/O data rates of up to 840 Mbit/s is now available from Xilinx Inc. (San Jose, CA).

Aug 19th, 2002

AUGUST 19--An 8 million-gate field-programmable gate array (FPGA) that can be clocked at more than 400 MHz and I/O data rates of up to 840 Mbit/s is now available from Xilinx Inc. (San Jose, CA). It has resulted from Xilinx moving its Virtex-II family of FPGAs to the 0.15-μm process technology of United Microelectronics Corp. of Taiwan, according to the company.

Xilinx claims the XC2V8000 FPGA is the world's fastest and largest programmable chip available on the market and 73% larger than any competitive device available today. In the second half of 2003 the device is expected to be priced at $3960 in volumes of 10,000 units, the company said.

The XC2V8000 FPGA includes 104,832 logic cells, more than 3 Mbits of block RAM, 12 digital clock managers, 168 18 x 18 multipliers, and 824 I/O pins, including 412 differential I/O pairs.

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