Adaptive and intelligent computing company, Xilinx, has announced the availability of its Defence-grade XQ UltraScale+ portfolio of products, providing the benefits of its UltraScale+ architecture plus extended temperature and ruggedised packages to address the needs of the aerospace and defence industry.
The new products, encompassing the XQ Zynq UltraScale+ MPSoCs and RFSoCs as well as XQ UltraScale+ Kintex and Virtex FPGAs, represent a broad line of high-performance programmable silicon for harsh environments, where the highest levels of security and reliability are critical, and size, weight and power (SWaP) are key considerations.
The XQ UltraScale+ product portfolio advances the single-chip solutions for aerospace and defence applications, attaining at a minimum twice the performance-per-watt of preceding-generation systems, thanks to the high-level of integration implemented in TSMC’s 16nm FinFET process.
This portfolio includes the industry’s first Defence-grade heterogeneous multi-processor SoC devices, combining flexible and dynamically reconfigurable high-performance programmable logic and DSP, 16Gb/s and 28Gb/s transceivers, quad-core Arm Cortex-A53 embedded processors, and dual-core Arm Cortex-R5 embedded processors. In addition, optionally available features include high-speed 4Gsps ADCs and 6.4Gsps DACs, Arm Mali-400 GPU, 4k60 H.265/H/264 video codec, and ruggedised packages with support of -55 to +125°C and 256-bit physical unclonable function (PUF).
The portfolio’s highly integrated programmable SoC offers key advantages over alternative approaches, which typically require customers to source and use multiple chips. In addition to SWaP considerations, the devices provide many other benefits that make them ideally suited for applications in civil and military aircraft as well as other defence systems requiring support for extended temperature ranges, rugged environments, long life and the highest levels of security.
“With more than 30 years of continuous focus and heritage in the aerospace and defence industry, we’re excited to announce the industry’s most advanced Defence-grade product portfolio for our customers,” said David Gamba, Senior Director of Aerospace and Defence, Xilinx. “This line builds on our currently available UltraScale and 7 Series Defence-grade families, giving our customers a variety of powerful options to meet their most demanding applications.”
Available features for the Defence-grade XQ UltraScale+ products include: