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February 2016
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and routing of data flows, a wide range of
communication protocols and programma-
ble data plane acceleration on demand. In 5G,
customers are leveraging All Programmable
devices to create distributed small cells, mas-
sive-MIMO systems with hundreds of anten-
nas and platforms that perform centralized
base band processing via Cloud-RAN. For
data centers at the core of cloud computing,
Xilinx devices enable companies to create
equipment with maximum programmability
and very high performance per watt that they
can rapidly optimize for changing throughput,
latency and power requirements from a wide
range of applications such as machine learn-
ing, video transcoding, image and speech
recognition, big-data analysis, Cloud-RAN
and data center interconnect. With so many
exciting technologies under development and
certain to reach new levels of sophistication,
autonomy and intelligence while all being
interconnected, security measures will need
to keep up.
With many decades playing in the mil/aero
and security sectors, Xilinx provides physical
security by means of anti-tamper technology
to protect IP and sensitive data implemented
on its devices from physical attacks. It also
provides application security via fault-toler-
ant design, an implementation methodology
that ensures the design can correct faults from
propagating. Its devices and IP enable custom-
ers to implement several types of fault-toler-
ance techniques including real-time system
monitoring, modular redundancy, watchdog
alarms, segregation by safety level or classifica-
tion, and isolation of test logic for safe removal.
In a move that will enable all of these impend-
ing innovations in all of these many markets
to come to fruition more rapidly, the company
recently introduced its SDx development
environments to ease the programming job.
The new products will bring the performance
and programmability advantages of its devices
to a far wider user base than ever before. By
providing design entry via high-level lan-
guages, the SDx environments enable software
engineers and system architects to program
Xilinx devices with languages they are accus-
tomed to using. Software engineers outnumber
hardware engineers worldwide 10 to 1.
To enable further innovation in SDN, the new
SDNet software-defined environment lets sys-
tems engineers build programmable data plane
solutions with a high-level language to meet
a unique network performance and latency
requirements. To fuel further innovation in
NFV and other network architectures and topol-
ogies, developers can use SDAccel environment,
which enables system and software engineers to
program the logic in Xilinx FPGAs in C, C++
and OpenCL to accelerate the performance of
virtualized network functions (VNFs).
To enable further innovation in video/vision,
ADAS/autonomous vehicles and IIoT appli-
cations that call for embedded processing,
the SDSoC development environment allows
software and system engineers to create entire
systems in C++. They can optimize system
performance by having the environment
compiler implement slower functions in the
ZynqSoC or MPSoC logic blocks. In this way,
architects and software engineers can cre-
ate systems with optimum performance and
functionality that simply isn’t achievable in
two-chip platforms.
As we are fast approaching the milestone where
video/vision, ADAS/autonomous vehicles,
IIoT, 5G wireless, SDN/NFV and cloud com-
puting converge, we are certain to see a number
of innovations that will drastically change the
society we live in - hopefully for the better.
Hall-Stand 4A-341
HARTING: increasing demand for
embedded and customised solutions
The HARTING Technology Group’s embed-
ded solutions are important components in the
implementation of Industry 4.0. The demand
for these solutions is growing steadily. “Embed-
ded” means more than just “minimise” – far
more, the incorporation of a very wide range of
technologies and engineering competence into
one market- or customer-oriented solution is
what really matters. As a part of the HART-
ING Technology Group, HARTING Integrated
Solution (HIS) draws on existing standards and
components, but above all, on its know-how.
Hall-Stand 2-541
Würth: digitalize your power supply
Würth Elektronik and Infineon are launch-
ing the jointly developed “XMC Digital
Power Explorer” evaluation kit. This syn-
chronous step-down converter, which can
be assembled with two different control
cards (XMC1300 - ARM Cortex-M0 MCU
and XMC4200 - ARM Cortex-M4F MCU),
makes it easier for developers of analog
power supplies and embedded software pro-
grammers to enter the world of digital power
supply. The XMC Digital Power Explorer Kit
is a complete solution with hardware, soft-
ware and switchable resistance load bank.
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