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Micro/sys selects Xilinx's Spartan-6 FPGA

Sep 15, 2011 (Datamonitor via COMTEX) -- Xilinx, Inc has announced that Micro/sys, Inc has built a small, low-power, rugged board using an integrated Spartan-6 FPGA with MicroBlaze processor sub-system and ARM Cortex-A8 processor.

The new Micro/sys SBC1651 commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) single-board computer (SBC) gives embedded users the ability to adapt a single board to handle a wide range of I/O (input-output) configurations for a variety of applications, while reducing production costs and time-to-market.

Micro/sys specializes in OEM high-performance, compact, low-power industrial single board computer products and solutions suited for demanding environments, offering original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) customizable off-the-shelf single board computer solutions.

With flexible FPGA I/O options, the new Micro/sys SBC1651 allows OEMs to efficiently configure boards to their exact I/O requirements, tailoring the SBC to address the embedded I/O requirements in markets such as automation, medical, transportation, energy, military, and communications.

The Micro/sys SBC1651 provides user access to the Xilinx Spartan-6 FPGA on a low-power, high-performance SBC featuring Freescale Semiconductor's i.MX515 ARM Cortex-A8 processor. Matching the newest Freescale i.MX processor series with Xilinx's vast library of intellectual property (IP) modules for I/O expansion, the SBC1651 provides maximum off-the-shelf I/O flexibility on a single board computer.

With the on-board FPGA, OEMs are able to configure the board to their specific I/O requirements, including simple I/O such as UARTs, DIO, CAN and more as well as higher-level features such as DSP, gigabit Ethernet, SATA, or dual video.

"As CPU designs and FPGA technology have evolved, it has become increasing more appropriate to combine these two technologies onto a single board computer," said Susan Wooley, President of Micro/sys.

"The marriage of the Cortex-A8 processor with the Xilinx Spartan-6 FPGA on a PC/104-sized board represents a significant advance in embedded board-level products. Our customers gain I/O flexibility with the on-board FPGA and low-power, extended temperature performance of the Cortex-A8 RISC processor, allowing them to implement embedded systems that offer very sophisticated multimedia user interfaces." Republication or redistribution, including by framing or similar means, is expressly prohibited without prior written consent. Datamonitor shall not be liable for errors or delays in the content, or for any actions taken in reliance thereon

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