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Virtex.-7 2000T device Xilinx is a leading provider of FPGA (Field Programmable Gate Arrays) devices, and provide a comprehensive suite of development tools for FPGA design and development.

The latest Xilinx Xirtex-7 devices (pictured right), are built on a 28nm process and provide up to 2M logic cells, integrated Block RAM, dedicated DSP blocks, multiple gigabit transceivers, x8 PCIe.
Read more about the latest Xilinx devices on the Xilinx webpages

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Xilinx Vivado Design Suite: System Edtion and ISE System Edition can be downloaded directly from the Xilinx website:
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Vivado HLx System Edition

VivadoVivado HLx: System Edition (pictured right) is a complete redesign of the Xilinx tool suite. 
Vivado was developed from the ground up to improve performance and usability, in particular for large modern FPGA designs. Vivado supports the Series 7 Xilinx devices (Virtex, Kintex, Artix) and beyond. 
Vivado is recommended for new designs using these devices. 

Also included is the Vivado HLS tool, which provides high level synthesis from C/C++/SystemC for series 7 Xilinx devices.

Xilinx ISE Design Suite will continue to be available alongside Vivado to provide support for series 7 devices and older Xilinx devices (Virtex-6, Virtex-5, Virtex-4, Spartan-6, Spartan-3), but will not support the next generation of Xilinx devices. It is expected that ISE will be updated in parallel with Vivado until mid-2013, when ISE will be phased out.

Users requiring support for older Xilinx devices can continue to use ISE indefinitely with current Europractice licenses.

Existing Europractice licenses support both Vivado Design Suite: System Edtion (2012.2 and later) and ISE 14

Vivado HLx System Edition

Vivado is an Integrated Development Environment for Xilinx FPGA design. It supports core functionality including Simulation, Synthesis, Place and Route, and adds additional tools and features including Vivado High Level Synthesis, Power Optimization, ECO, and supports an incremental flow. Vivado also includes DSP development tools, Vivado in circuit logic analyser (ILA) and a software development environment that supports both the ARM processors in Zynq devices and Microblaze.

Vivado HLS Previously known as AutoESL, Vivado HLS is a High Level Synthesis tool, allowing synthesis of C/C++/SystemC to RTL.
Hardware Debug Vivado ILA allows on-chip debug by providing visibility of internal FPGA signals, including embedded processor buses, for real time verification of FPGA designs. 
IBERT allows Bit Error Rate Testing of integrated transceivers to a greater precision than using external scopes.
SDK SDK is a development environment for hardware/software co-design based around the ARM and MicroBlaze processor cores. A license for the 32-Bit MicroBlaze soft IP is also included as part of this package, which can be used with all Xilinx FPGA families.
System Generator for DSP System Generator enables designers to develop high-performance DSP systems for Xilinx FPGAs using MATLAB and Simulink. System Generator, through Simulink, provides a graphical modelling environment for generation of bit-accurate models of FPGA circuits, and automatically generates synthesizable Hardware Description Language (HDL) code. A library of IP for use in Simulink is included with System Generator.

Xilinx ISE System Edition package

ISE System Edition contains a complete suite of FPGA development tools comprising design capture, synthesis, verification and implementation. It includes PlanAhead for IO pin planning, floor planning and design analysis, ChipScope Pro for on-chip debug, EDK and SDK for Embedded development, and System Generator, allowing generation of RTL from DSP designs using MATLAB and Simulink.




SDSoc is an optional add-on bundle to Vivado. SDSoC is a development environment that lets you take a program running on the Zynq and accelerate functions within that program by transferring them to the FPGA fabric. A set of performance and area estimation tools are included so that you can explore then benefits of turning the function into hardware and then an automatic generator that moves the function to hardware and generates all necessary interfaces between it and the program running on the Zynq. The software system can either be bare metal, Linux or FreeRTOS.

Board support packages are available for popular Zynq boards including the Zedboard and ZYBO.

Partial Reconfiguration

Partial Reconfiguration is now an included feature of Vivado that allows blocks of logic within the FPGA to be modified dynamically while the rest of the logic continues to work as before. All versions of Vivado from 2017.1 onwards include Partial Reconfiguration within the project flow as well, i.e. via the IDE rather than as a script only option. Partial reconfiguration is currently supported by all 7 series and Zynq devices and most of the UltraScale family. Partial Reconfiguration on the UltraScale family is more powerful still offering full reconfiguration of fixed blocks like Gigabit Transceivers.

Xilinx Hardware from Digilent Zedboard



The ZedBoard is a low-cost development board for the Xilinx Zynq-7000. The board is based on the XC7Z020-CLG484 which combines FPGA fabric with a dual core ARM Cortex A9 processor The Zedboard comes with a 4 GB SD card, and boots Linux out of the box.
Resources on the board include: 512 MB DDR3 memory; 256 Mb Quad SPI Flash; 4 GB SD Card Included; 10/100/1000 Ethernet; USB OTG (Device/Host/OTG); USB UART; HDMI, VGA out; 128 x 32 OLED; 9 LEDs; 8 Dipswitches; 7 Push buttons.

For more information on the Zedboard, including documentation, design examples and user forum, please see: A Zedboard user guide is available here.

Nexsys Video

Nexsys Video

The Nexys Video is a an Artix based board optimised for video projects featuring an HMDI sink and source as well as a Mini DisplayPort source. There’s also 512MB of DDR3 RAM on board and the usual USB and Ethernet connections.

The chip is an XC7A200T-1SBG484C with 33k logic slices, 13Mbits of fast block RAM, 740 DSP slices and four 3.75Gbps transceivers.

Please see this datasheet for more information.

Genesys 2

Genesys 2

For large and/or high speed designs, the Genesys 2 offers a large fast Kintex-7 device on a board with 1GB of DDR3 RAM and an FMC connector that brings out 10 of the FPGA’s 10.3Gbps GTX transceivers. The device has 50k logic slices, almost 16Mbit of on chip block RAM and 840 DSP slices. Note that this is the -2 commercial speed grade part, i.e. the faster fabric. Full details can be found here

For hardware and software prices, please see the Europractice Xilinx Price list

For further information on hardware, please contact the Microelectronics Support Centre
Please note that STFC aims to maintain a small stock of these boards for shipment on receipt of order. Sites ordering these boards should receive them ahead of any software being ordered.

Xilinx Licensing

Xilinx licenses are generated by the Europractice site representative, or authorized user, through the Xilinx website. The site representative/authorized user can generate floating or node-locked license files as required from the pool of unallocated seats. It is not necessary to specify the type of license (floating/node locked) required when placing an order, only the number of seats required.

Please go to Generate Xilinx Licenses to manage your licenses.

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How to Order

Detailed instructions on how to place an order are given in our Order Procedures. Xilinx license orders from Academic Institutes are not subject to the 25th day of the month order deadline that most other Europractice orders are. Xilinx Research Laboratory license orders and all Xilinx Hardware orders are subject to the 25th day of the month deadline.





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