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Xilinx crams lots more valuable info on latest All Programmable device packages with new 2D barcode. Why?

by Xilinx Employee on ‎11-28-2016 12:37 PM (42,188 Views)


Xilinx is changing the way it marks the latest All Programmable devices including all 28nm 7 series devices (FPGAs and the Zynq-7000), Virtex and Kintex UltraScale FPGAs, and UltraScale+ devices (Virtex UltraScale+ and Kintex UltraScale+ FPGAs and Zynq UltraScale+ MPSoCs). The change adds a 2D barcode to the package. This change is not merely cosmetic. The 2D barcode brings you several advantages:


  • The barcode packs a lot more information about the individual device on the outside of the package. (See below)
  • The barcode also provides improved device-level tracking over the entire supply chain from Xilinx to you. That translates into product traceability and device authentication.
  • The 2D barcode also improves your ability to perform optical inspection of incoming goods and of soldered boards.


Device genealogy information encoded in the new Xilinx 2D barcode includes:


  • Device lot
  • Date code
  • Speed
  • Temperature grade
  • SCD information (the SCD is the specification control document for the device)



You can pull all of that information from the 2D barcode using the Xilinx Go app on your smartphone or by uploading an image of the barcode to Xilinx.com.


Here’s a video that details the evolution to 2D barcode marking on Xilinx devices including rollout information:





There’s also a note detailing the features of the new Xilinx 2D barcode. Click here.



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  • Be sure to join the Xilinx LinkedIn group to get an update for every new Xcell Daily post! ******************** Steve Leibson is the Director of Strategic Marketing and Business Planning at Xilinx. He started as a system design engineer at HP in the early days of desktop computing, then switched to EDA at Cadnetix, and subsequently became a technical editor for EDN Magazine. He's served as Editor in Chief of EDN Magazine, Embedded Developers Journal, and Microprocessor Report. He has extensive experience in computing, microprocessors, microcontrollers, embedded systems design, design IP, EDA, and programmable logic.