Xilinx, now a part of AMD, has introduced a brand-new series of Field Programmable Gate Arrays (FPGAs) called XC18V00. It is a series of in-system programmable configurations PROMs for FPGAs.
We think this is a better and more efficient way to design circuit boards, rather than working with external devices most of the time. With this new concept, Xilinx empowers FPGA designers to take advantage of the in-system programmability of the circuit board to make any kind of design.
Technical Specifications for the Xilinx XC18V01PC20C
Here is a tabular representation of the specifications or attributes of the XC18V01PC20C in-programmable FPGA from Xilinx.
|Type of Programming||In-system programming|
|Package / Case||20-LCC (J-Lead)|
|Memory||Configuration PROMS for FPGAs|
|Type of Mounting Technology||Surface Mount Technology (SMT)|
|Operating Temperature||0˚C ~ 70˚C|
|Memory Size||1 Megabyte (MB)|
|Operating Voltage Supply||3 Volts (V) ~ 3.6 Volts (V)|
Features of the XC18V01PC20C
XC18V01PC20C borrows a leaf from the XC18V00 FPGA series from Xilinx. With remarkable features are top-notch functionalities; it is one of the FPGA development boards you will like to use.
These are some of the attributes of Field Programmable Gate Arrays (FPGAs) under the XC18V00 series:
1. Dual Configuration Modes
There is no limit to how you can configure the XC18V01PC20C. Thanks to the dual-configuration design, you can configure it using any of the methods that work best for you. The configuration options are:
For the Parallel configuration, you can design or configure the board’s components using a 33MHz data rate up to 264 Mb.
Serial Slow/Fast Configuration
This configuration mode is faster and can go up to 33 Megahertz (MHz).
2. Excellent Bitstream Storage
The storage of bitstream is simplified and open to storing more data. This is thanks to the innovative cascadable design that permits longer storage of bitstreams on the FPGA.
3. How the In-System Programming Works
You may be wondering how the in-system programming of the XC18V01PC20C works. It works by using a set of Programmable PROMs that have multiple programming options. For example, the programming can be done via the standard 4-pin JTAG protocol. It is also possible to do the configuration via individual programming.
One huge advantage of using the in-system programming on the XC18V01PC20C FPGA is that it offers faster design iterations. By cutting down on the time spent joggling between socketing the devices and handling the package, the designer will be able to face the most important aspects of the design.
4. Power Supply Fluctuation Immunity
Damages can be caused on a Field Programmable Gate Array (FPGA) when the power fluctuates. A feature has been designed to forestall damages on the board when this happens.
This is enabled through the tolerant Inputs and Outputs (I/O) on the FPGA. It is through these that fully-tolerant 5V power voltage on the board can withstand power supply sequencing issues.
XC18V01PC20C Buying Guide
Interested in buying the XC18V01PC20C? Here are a couple of things you should know – and which should guide you in making the right choice.
1. Check the Toolchains
The toolchains differ by manufacturers or Vendors. For example, the toolchains from Xilinx may differ from those offered by Intel. However, the primary objective is to pick the one that you think has a higher probability of giving a considerable edge to the success of your project.
Xilinx toolchains are worthy of consideration, partly because of the abundance of resources to work with and mainly because of their simplicity.
In addition to these toolchains, users will also get access to a plethora of other materials, including technical whitepapers and community forums to ask questions.
2. How Much Does the XC18V01PC20C Cost?
What are you likely to spend to buy the XC18V01PC20C FPGA? This may differ by the suppliers, but the idea is to purchase the board from a supplier that offers the most affordable cost.
Buying in bulk may also be a great idea for reducing the cost as compared to buying one at different times.
3. Ease of Configuration
When the configuration of an FPGA is talked about, some people we are only referring to the technical aspects alone. Sometimes, it can be as simple as adding new features or devices to the board.
Speaking of adding new devices, this could be a challenge for new consumers. Considering the subtle technicality that comes with it, you are better off working with a fully-customized board than one that requires reconfiguration.
But if you are willing to give it a shot, consider investing in an FPGA that offers ease of configuration. While there are several ways to determine the ease, one stands out – the addition of new features.
You want to work with an FPGA that allows you to integrate new features or devices without having to rewire something. For example, prioritize an FPGA with either FMC or PMOD connectors.
These connectors could be the difference between adding new features and not doing so. Via the decoupling of the carrier boards of the FPGA, these connectors make it easier to integrate new peripherals/interfaces.
4. Go for the Peripherals
Always prioritize the peripherals of the Field Programmable Gate Array (FPGA) you want to buy. With lots of peripherals at your disposal, configuring the board wouldn’t be an issue.
Now, there are specific types of peripherals to look for when making this decision. These include:
- Programmable logic cells
- Several interfaces and ports for adding new features to the board.
5. Consider the Lead Time
You can get different quotes from different designers but at the end of the day, it is your call to make. How long would you be willing to wait for the XC18V01PC20C to be configured and shipped to you?
The lead time is the timeframe that covers the time spent on configuring or designing the FPGA and shipping it to the customer. Some designers can offer 12 weeks while others offer a 52-week lead time.
Rayming Technology (RayPCB) can start processing your design order for the XC18V01PC20C in only a couple of weeks.
Take advantage of the in-system programming design of the XC18V01PC20C to throw in as many components as you want without having to deal with external device issues. Contact us today to help you do this within the shortest time possible.