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Xilinx has announced that its low-cost Spartan-6 FPGA range is compliant with the PCI Express 1.1 specification, enabling low-risk and low-cost implementation of serial connectivity solutions.

Applications include consumer, automotive, wireless and other price-sensitive or high volume markets.

Spartan-6 FPGAs satisfy the cost, ease of use and low power requirements of developing systems compliant with PCIe for applications, such as in-vehicle infotainment, flat-panel displays, and video surveillance, according to the company.

The integrated Endpoint block for PCI Express in Xilinx Spartan-6 LXT FPGAs has passed PCI-SIG compliance and interoperability testing for PCIe 1.1 single-lane configurations.

PCIe 1.1 is implemented in Spartan-6 LXT devices with Xilinx GTP serial transceivers capable of up to 3.125Gbps and the Logicore solution using the integrated Endpoint block for PCI Express.

The GTP serial transceivers are fully characterised across process, voltage and temperature (PVT).

The Spartan-6 FPGA integrated Endpoint block for PCI Express incorporates features designed to simplify the design process, as well as configurations optimised for PCIe Endpoint applications.

It is also supported with additional design resources for creating complete PCIe solutions.

Designers can immediately begin the evaluation and design of low-cost, low-power PCI Express 1.1 compliant systems with the Spartan-6 FPGA SP605 Evaluation Kit.

The Xilinx Core Generator system in the ISE Design Suite 11 delivered with the kit enables designers to configure the PCIe Endpoint block for their applications.

It comes complete with reference design and all the scripts, basic test-bench and simulation models needed to streamline verification with customer designs.

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