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1 million gates for under $12

19 November 2003 Electronics Technology

In October, Xilinx announced breakthrough price points for its Spartan-3 family. Xilinx attributed its low cost leadership position to its on track, successful implementation of 90 nm process technology. Xilinx first shipped the 90 nm Spartan-3 family in March 2003, enabling the company to be the first to pass on the cost-density benefits of the 90 nm node customers. Xilinx now offers Spartan-3 FPGAs with 1 million system gates for under $12 (volume pricing) and three different Spartan-3 FPGAs for under $6,50.

Comments Rich Sevcik, senior vice president, Xilinx, "In today's economic climate, low-cost solutions are 'a must' for customers moving to programmable logic as an alternative to the high cost of developing ASICs or Structured ASICs. Through our successful implementation of advanced process technology, Xilinx takes full advantage of the low cost structures made possible at the 90 nm/300 mm node and passes those cost benefits on to customers."

Ranging from 50 K to 5 M system gates, Spartan-3 uses an innovative architecture to drive down costs. For example, says Xilinx, it offers the industry lowest-cost per I/O through a dual ring of staggered I/O pads. By maximising I/Os on the reduced size Spartan-3 die, Xilinx can deliver up to 40% better CPI advantage than standard solutions. Additionally, it says it offers the FPGA industry's lowest cost per logic cell. By aggressively driving to 90 nm, the company has packed more logic cells onto smaller 90 nm devices resulting in up to 36% CPL advantage.



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