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Opal Kelly rides the low-cost FPGA tiger, introduces 3rd-generation XEM7001 dev board based on Xilinx Artix-7

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Nearly twelve years ago, Opal Kelly introduced a small FPGA board with a USB 2.0 connection based on a Xilinx Spartan-3 FPGA (introduced in 2003). It was called the XEM3001. At the same time, the company introduced its FrontPanel SDK, which aids system development by giving you a PC-based tool and host-communications IP you can use to monitor and control your FPGA design while it’s running. Opal Kelly subsequently upgraded this design to use a Xilinx Spartan-6 FPGA and now the company has announced an updated model, the $199 XEM7001—still with the same pinout as the original board for an easy upgrade path but based on a Xilinx Artix-7 FPGA. The board’s 90 I/O pins and 4 clock pins are all arranged on a common 0.1" grid for easy prototyping.



Opal Kelly XEM7001 based on Xilinx Artix-7 FPGA.jpg 

Opal Kelly XEM7001 board based on a Xilinx Artix-7 FPGA



The XEM7001 measures only 3.5” x 2.0” (88.9mm x 50.8mm) and includes an Artix-7 A15T FPGA, USB interface, 32Mbits of SPI Flash, and a multi-output clock-generating PLL. The board is designed to operate from the +5V USB power supply. At the same time, the company is upgrading its FrontPanel SDK to accommodate the enhanced abilities of the Artix-7 on version of the board.


For more information, contact Opal Kelly directly.


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