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We have Tapeout! Xilinx Zynq UltraScale+ MPSoC ready for TSMC’s 16FF+ process

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Today, Xilinx announced the successful tapeout of the first heterogeneous, multicore, All Programmable Zynq UltraScale+ MPSoC—now ready for fabrication using TSMC’s 16nm 16FF+ FinFET process technology. I apologize for those many adjectives—but as you’ll see below, they’re all needed.

 

Like the original Xilinx Zynq SoC, the Xilinx Zynq UltraScale+ MPSoC combines multiple hardened ARM processor cores with Xilinx programmable logic to produce an enhanced application processor that can tackle a broad range of high-performance tasks that cannot be achieved using software alone using on-chip, FPGA-boosted hardware accelerators.

 

The Xilinx Zynq UltraScale+ MPSoC simply has a lot more of everything including:

 

  • Quad-core, 64/32-bit ARM Cortex-A53 processor for immense application-processing power
  • Dual-core, 32-bit ARM Cortex-R5 processor for real-time and safety-critical software execution
  • ARM Mali-400 MP GPU for implementing high-performance graphics, offloading these tasks from the on-chip ARM Cortex-A53 CPUs and the ARM Cortex-R5 real-time processors
  • A hardened H.265/264 Video Codec Unit that provides native UltraHD compression
  • Dedicated Security Processing Unit with multiple military-class security protocols to prevent any conceivable unauthorized access
  • Hardened, integrated SDRAM memory controller supporting DDR4, LPDDR4, DDR3, DDR3L, and LPDDR3 memory devices
  • Large arrays of Xilinx UltraScale+ programmable logic including the new, larger embedded UltraRAM blocks; a large number of UltraScale DSP48E2 slices; and hardened, integrated PCIe Gen2/Gen3/Gen4 and 100G Ethernet blocks
  • Xilinx programmable I/O that can handle anything from simple logic pins to high-speed PCIe and 100G+ Ethernet serial protocols

 

Zynq UltraScale+ MPSoC Block Diagram.jpg

 

 

Zynq UltraScale+ MPSoC Family Block Diagram

 

 

 

Clearly, these new Zynq UltraScale+ MPSoC devices are not destined for smart toasters. So where are they headed?

 

They’re going into the most performance-intensive embedded systems on the planet. Some of the targeted applications, well-suited to the Zynq UltraScale+ MPSoC’s substantial processing and real-time capabilities, include: