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marshallh:
http://press.xilinx.com/2015-11-19-Xilinx-Announces-the-Spartan-7-FPGA-Family


--- Quote ---SAN JOSE, Calif., Nov. 19, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Xilinx, Inc. (NASDAQ:XLNX) today announced the Spartan®-7 FPGA family that will deliver I/O intensive devices for cost-sensitive applications. The new family will address connectivity requirements across a breadth of markets including automotive, consumer, industrial IoT, data center, wired and wireless communications, and portable medical solutions. All new Spartan-7 FPGAs will be supported on the no-cost Vivado® Design Suite WebPACK™ Edition, as well as the Vivado Design and System Editions, to enable fastest time to integration and implementation.

The Spartan-7 FPGA family will deliver high I/O ratios in small form factor packages, critical for cost-sensitive markets. The family will provide up to 4X price-performance-per-watt improvement over previous generations for flexible connectivity, interface bridging, and companion chip functionality.

"Xilinx has a long history of providing cost optimized solutions with our Spartan class of products," says Kirk Saban, Senior Director of FPGA & SoC Product Management and Marketing at Xilinx. "The introduction of the Spartan-7 FPGA family re-affirms our continued commitment to that heritage and extends our multi-generational leadership in I/O density, small form factor packaging, and power efficiency."

The new family will be co-optimized with the industry-leading Vivado Design Suite to deliver an IP-centric and system-centric development environment to address short development cycle requirements and aggressive time-to-market pressures common in cost-conscious markets. The Spartan-7 FPGA family will extend the existing Xilinx 7 Series portfolio, implemented in TSMC's 28nm HPL process.

About Xilinx

Xilinx is the leading provider of All Programmable FPGAs, SoCs, MPSoCs, and 3D ICs. Xilinx uniquely enables applications that are both software defined and hardware optimized – powering industry advancements in Cloud Computing, SDN/NFV, Video/Vision, Industrial IoT, and 5G Wireless. For more information, visit www.xilinx.com                                                   
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KE5FX:

--- Quote ---The Spartan-7 FPGA family will deliver high I/O ratios in small form factor packages, critical for cost-sensitive markets. The family will provide up to 4X price-performance-per-watt improvement over previous generations for flexible connectivity, interface bridging, and companion chip functionality.
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Interesting, everything they're saying about Spartan-7 was previously said about Artix.  Are they just renaming Artix, or do they really have four separate 7-series product lines now?

An Artix device with the more flexible I/O voltage support of the Spartan-6 parts would be welcome.

Kjelt:
I always wonder what some marketeers think that an IoT device is.
Most IoT devices can not handle full ip stacks and need to be dirt cheap, think of bom around $5 to $10 , weird if the fpga iself costs more than that  :palm:

daqq:
Anything new with solderable packages? (TQFP and similar?) Or is it all BGA with absurdly high technology requirements?

Bassman59:

--- Quote from: daqq on November 19, 2015, 09:37:56 pm ---Anything new with solderable packages? (TQFP and similar?) Or is it all BGA with absurdly high technology requirements?

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No data anywhere on the Xilinx web site. Only the press release.

Hopefully they will have non-BGA packages. I wonder if they think they need to target the small FPGA market that Lattice seems to own. Something smaller than a Spartan 3AN-50 is welcome, especially when you can bolt it onto an external memory interface on your favorite low-cost ARM.

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