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Embedded Computing Design article by Dale Hitt, Xilinx


Emerging applications for AI will depend on System-on-Chip devices with configurable acceleration to satisfy increasingly tough performance and efficiency demands.


As applications such as smart security, robotics, or autonomous driving rely increasingly on embedded Artificial Intelligence (AI) to improve performance and deliver new user experiences, inference engines hosted on traditional compute platforms can struggle to meet real-world demands within tightening constraints on power, latency, and physical size. They suffer from rigidly defined inferencing precision, bus widths, and memory that cannot be easily adapted to optimize for best speed, efficiency, and silicon area. An adaptable compute platform is needed to meet the demands placed on embedded AI running state-of-the-art convolutional neural networks (CNN). Read article.



Watch our Hot Chips Keynote Session

by Xilinx Employee on ‎09-10-2018 10:19 AM - last edited on ‎09-18-2018 01:44 PM by Xilinx Employee

Our CEO's Hot Chips keynote is ready for viewing!


Register Now | Ethernet Switch IP for Scalable Industrial IoT Webinar

by Xilinx Employee ‎09-05-2018 04:14 PM - edited ‎09-10-2018 10:19 AM

Date: September 20, 2018 | Time: 7:00am PDT / 10:00am EST / 16:00 CEST

Join us for the free webinar about SoC-e’s low latency Ethernet switching IP solution for Xilinx devices. The convergence to Ethernet is a reality. Ethernet Switches add the flexibility to dynamically scale. ARM-based multicore processors with scalable Ethernet Switches have exactly the infrastructure that is needed - it's adaptable. Not too big and costly, and not too small to match your application.


Sub-microsecond synchronization, advanced filtering and policing, 10 Gigabit support and frame processing for security in hardware is key. SoC-e's Managed Ethernet Switch (MES) IP is a complete Ethernet switching solution for Xilinx Zynq®-7000 and Zynq® UltraScale+™ MPSoC as well as for Xilinx FPGAs. Its seamless integration in the SoC reduces product dimensions, power dissipation, and system cost.


Webinar attendees will also learn:

  • Integrate this IP using Xilinx Vivado software’s graphical interface
  • Use the switch configuration software
  • Validate and test designs in the Industrial Grade development kits from SoC-e: SMARTzynq and SMARTmpsoc.

Register now to join us for this webinar event!



Forbes takes a look at Xilinx's announcements from Hot Chips

by Xilinx Employee ‎08-29-2018 03:19 PM - edited ‎09-05-2018 04:14 PM

Xilinx Reveals More Everest Details

By Karl Freund


Xilinx, the market share leader in Field Programmable Gate Arrays (FPGAs), presented five sessions at this week’s HotChips ’18 conference in Cupertino, California. These included CEO Victor Peng’s keynote on the company’s vision for the future of adaptable domain specific computing, new features of its upcoming 7nm Project Everest architecture, and pre-built applications for Deep Learning for Artificial Intelligence on FPGAs.




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Register Now | Intelligent and Adaptive Vision Solutions Webinar

by Xilinx Employee on ‎08-23-2018 01:59 PM - last edited on ‎08-29-2018 03:20 PM by Xilinx Employee

Join this free webinar to learn how to drive visual intelligence solutions with Framos' SLVS-EC IP, Sony Imagers, and Xilinx machine vision platforms.


Xilinx, Framos, and Sony have partnered to enable the machine vision market with a solution to keep up with industry demand for higher resolution and bandwidth while simplifying cabling and shrinking footprint.


This free Webinar will provide everything you need to know to get started with Sony’s new SLVS-EC interface standard for 3rd generation Pregius imagers and beyond.


SLVS-EC is a standard that expands Xilinx Any-to-Any connectivity portfolio and amplifies innovation with other Xilinx solutions around machine learning, image processing, and sensor fusion.


Webinar Attendees will also learn:

  • Sony Pregius Imager portfolio overview
  • Availability and support of Framos IP for 28/20/16nm Xilinx product families
  • Xilinx solutions for machine vision, surveillance, and other intelligent vision applications
  • Scalability from SLVS-EC v1.2 today to v2.0 in the future


Register now for this exciting Xilinx, Framos, and Sony webinar event on October 18!



Webinar: What Can I Do with Programmable Logic?

by Xilinx Employee ‎08-09-2018 02:37 PM - edited ‎08-23-2018 01:57 PM

In March 2018, Avnet, Xilinx, and 96Boards collaborated to create the ARM-based Ultra96™ development board, featuring the Zynq® UltraScale+™ MPSoC, based on the Linaro 96Boards Consumer Edition specification. The Ultra96 board not only expands Linaro’s 96Boards portfolio offerings in its Consumer Edition class but also provides 96Boards developers with a unique and powerful development board.


So what makes Ultra96 different?


Ultra96 has some similarities to the other offerings in Linaro’s 96Boards portfolio, such as a quad-core A53, GPU, and high-speed RAM. The big difference is in the embedded Programmable Logic that's tightly coupled with the processing system.


What can you create with the programmable logic?


This is where it gets interesting! Custom accelerators that speed code by 10x or even 100x. Deterministic circuitry to keep up with real-time demands. Multiple personality systems that change based on current circumstances. A custom peripheral controller to interface with a device that doesn’t use a common signaling standard. All this with latest “Software-defined” SDx tools from Xilinx that don’t require you to be a Verilog or VHDL expert to create designs.


What will you learn in this live webinar?


Learn how programmable logic can be useful, powerful, and flexible for circuit applications, including:


  • Accelerators
  • Bus adapters
  • Custom peripheral controllers
  • Deterministic, real-time responses
  • On-chip logic analysis
  • Multiple personalities without changing chips
  • Security


Please join us and see what you can create with programmable logic!   Register




Enter the Ultra96 Dev Board Design Contest

by Xilinx Employee ‎08-07-2018 03:44 PM - edited ‎08-09-2018 02:18 PM

Avnet and Xilinx would like to see what types of edge AI designs the Hackster community can develop using the new Ultra96™ Development Board. Example edge application categories include, but are not limited to, autonomous vehicles, drones or robots, industrial or home IoT, and consumer electronics.

The Avnet Ultra96 Development Board features a Xilinx Zynq® UltraScale+™ MPSoC, which integrates an Arm multicore, multiprocessing system with the programmable logic that can be used to hardware accelerate compute-intensive tasks. This is critical in producing a real-time response and decision making in systems — as many intelligent systems require.

The top three projects using the Avnet Ultra96 Development Board will be awarded some nifty prizes, such as a top-of-the-line Google Pixelbook! But that’s not all. Any ideas entered before August 27th are also eligible to win a trip to Silicon Valley to attend the 2018 Xilinx Developer Forum on October 1st and 2nd, where they’ ll even have a chance to showcase their completed work.

To help get you started, we’re giving away 30 Ultra96s to the top ideas submitted on or before August 27th.

For more details on the Create Intelligence at the Edge Contest,  check out the official page!

Submissions close on October 15th.



Xilinx Developer Forum |Silicon Valley | Registration Open

by Xilinx Employee ‎07-23-2018 02:01 PM - edited ‎08-07-2018 03:44 PM

Our biggest developer event, ever.


XDF connects software developers and system designers to the deep expertise of Xilinx engineers, partners, and industry leaders. You will leave the forum with insights and inspiration to tackle your most ambitious designs.




  • October 1st: Hands-on developer labs, tutorials and developer workshops

  • October 2nd: CEO keynote, breakout sessions, exhibits, and networking reception



Order Today | Zynq UltraScale+ RFSoC Evaluation Kit

by Xilinx Employee ‎07-11-2018 11:01 AM - edited ‎07-23-2018 01:59 PM

Integrate the RF Signal Chain with our New Kit!


Interested in integrating RF-analog into your SoC design to reduce power and footprint? The new ZCU111 Evaluation Kit, based on the Xilinx Zynq® UltraScale+™ RFSoC, provides you with all the hardware and tools to jumpstart your RF-Class analog designs.

The ZCU111 Evaluation Kit is orderable today and includes:

  • XCZU28DR device with 8x8 RF-Analog and Integrated SD-FEC Cores
  • Zynq UltraScale+ RFSoC ZCU111 Evaluation Board
  • XM500 RFMC balun transformer add-on card
  • Filters and cables (SMAs, USB, Ethernet)
  • Vivado® Design Suite Node/Device-Locked License
  • Access to the Analog-Mixed Signal (AMS) reference design

To learn more and jump start your RF-Class analog design integration, visit the Xilinx ZCU111 Evaluation Kit page.



The Mercury News speaks with CEO Victor Peng about the future of Xilinx

by Xilinx Employee ‎06-21-2018 11:25 AM - edited ‎07-11-2018 10:59 AM

Victor Peng has a (programmable) logic for Xilinx’s future
By Rex Crum, The Mercury News



Photo credit: Karl Mondon/Bay Area News Group

For Victor Peng, becoming CEO at programmable logic chipmaker Xilinx may have come with a few benefits, but a better parking space wasn’t included.


“We don’t do that around here,” laughed Peng during a meeting in his office at Xilinx’s San Jose headquarters. “That’s not something I would want to instill, either.”


Peng is fairly new to the CEO chair, having taken on his job at Xilinx in late January. That doesn’t mean he was unfamiliar with what Xilinx does, as he joined the company in 2008, and served a stint as chief operating officer before taking over from former Xilinx CEO Moshe Gavrielov under a company succession plan.


Peng faced Wall Street analysts recently and laid out plans for Xilinx to boost its spending this year by 10 percent and put more emphasis on artificial intelligence technologies. Prior to that meeting, he talked about matters such as where Xilinx sees its future growth opportunities and where consumers might encounter the company’s products.


Read the entire article here.

The new open-source book aimed at teaching hardware and software developers how to efficiently program FPGAs using high-level synthesis (HLS) is now available. The book, “Parallel Programming for FPGAs,” by Stephen Neuendorffer, Principal Engineer at Xilinx, together with Ryan Kastner from UCSD and Janarbek Matai from Cognex, is a practical guide for anyone interested in building FPGA systems. It is of particular value to students in advanced undergraduate and graduate courses. But it can also be useful for system designers and embedded programmers already on the job.



Register Now | Python Powered Edge Analytics and Machine Learning for Electric Drives

by Administrator on ‎06-11-2018 02:34 PM - last edited on ‎06-21-2018 11:16 AM by Xilinx Employee

This webinar will introduce the foundational concepts motivating the use of Xilinx Zynq SoCs in Electric Drives applications. Showing examples of how PYNQ can enable software engineers and data scientists to easily gain valuable on-chip, real-time insights from data generated by the motor, with or without cloud connectivity. The key differentiation with PYNQ lies in the configurable hardware pre-processing of sensor data leading to the most efficient use of the application software.


Webinar Attendees will also learn:

  • Why Xilinx for Industrial IoT Edge Platforms, using the example of modern Electric Drives
  • Introduction to the speed and simplicity of the PYNQ Framework including Hardware Overlays, Jupyter Notebooks, and supported Python libraries
  • How PYNQ can enable remote diagnostics, predictive maintenance, and the digital twin concept
  • How to get started with PYNQ with links to kits, videos, papers, and community designs


Join us for this exciting edge analytics and machine learning event!



Xilinx Adaptable Intelligence at Sensors Expo 2018

by Xilinx Employee on ‎06-04-2018 02:53 PM - last edited on ‎06-11-2018 02:32 PM by Administrator

This year at Sensors Expo 2018, Xilinx, Avnet, and Deephi will be presenting the latest adaptable development platforms for AI, sensor fusion, and computer vision.


A Xilinx expert will also lead a conference session on machine learning for IIoT Preventive Maintenance, one of the largest areas recognized for monetization in the Industrial IoT.


Join us to discover more about how to efficiently develop your own unique machine learning platforms using Xilinx adaptable intelligence.



XDF is coming. Secure your spot!

by Xilinx Employee ‎05-29-2018 03:56 PM - edited ‎06-04-2018 02:50 PM

Hands-on Labs. CEO Keynote.
And an adaptable intelligent computing platform.



Register Now | Intelligent and Adaptive Vision Solutions Webinar

by Xilinx Employee ‎05-14-2018 03:56 PM - edited ‎05-29-2018 03:55 PM

Date: May 30, 2018 | Time: 7:00am PDT / 10:00am EST / 15:00 GMT


Join this free webinar to learn how to drive visual intelligence solutions with Framos' SLVS-EC IP, Sony Imagers, and Xilinx machine vision platforms.


Xilinx, Framos, and Sony have partnered on a solution for the machine vision market. This solution will enable you to keep up with the industry demand for higher resolution and bandwidth while simplifying cabling and shrinking your footprint. Framos’ SLVS-EC IP brings support for the SLVS-EC standard found in Sony’s 3rd generation Pregius imagers to Xilinx platforms. Xilinx also provides optimized capabilities in machine learning, image processing, and sensor fusion to power the industry’s most compact and capable cameras.


Webinar Attendees will also learn:

  • Sony Pregius Imager portfolio overview
  • Availability and support of Framos IP for 28/20/16nm Xilinx product families
  • Xilinx solutions for machine vision, surveillance, and other intelligent vision applications

 Register now for this exciting Xilinx, Framos, and Sony webinar event!



Register Now | IIoT Edge-to-Cloud Cybersecurity Solution Webinar

by Xilinx Employee ‎05-01-2018 11:04 AM - edited ‎05-14-2018 03:55 PM

Date: May 8, 2018, 2018 | Time: 7:00am PDT / 10:00am EST / 15:00 GMT


Do you need a complete cybersecurity solution without losing focus on core competencies? Join us for our upcoming webinar.


In this free webinar, you will hear from Xilinx, Infineon Technologies, Avnet, and Mocana. These industry experts have partnered to introduce an IEC 62443-compliant hardware and software off-the-shelf solution that is consistent with guidelines from the Industrial Internet Consortium Security Framework and the Trusted Computing Group.

Within the hour, you will learn:

  • Common platform security threat vectors
  • Key elements of IEC 62443, Industrial Internet Consortium and Trusted Computing Group Recommended Guidelines for IIoT Security
  • Principles of hardware-based security including the value of a strong hardware root-of-trust
  • Integrated hardware and software solution from Xilinx, Infineon, Avnet, and Mocana

Register now to join us for this cybersecurity event!



$895 Embedded Vision Evaluation Kit with HD Camera

by Xilinx Employee ‎04-17-2018 01:53 PM - edited ‎05-01-2018 11:02 AM

Jumpstart Your Designs for Embedded Vision Applications


The $895 ZCU104 Evaluation Kit includes an HD camera and a Zynq® UltraScale+™ MPSoC EV device. As a component of Xilinx’s reVISION Stack, this kit enables embedded vision applications such as surveillance, Advanced Driver Assisted Systems (ADAS), machine vision, Augmented Reality (AR), drones, and medical imaging.


Additional components of the reVISION Stack include:

  • SDSoC™ Environment for C/C++ based hardware acceleration
  • 50+ OpenCV hardware-accelerated libraries with source code
  • Machine learning inference with Caffe and TensorFlow

Buy the ZCU104 kit and visit the reVISION Zone to learn more and get access to resources for software, hardware, and system developers.



Virtual Lab & Office Hours | Get Started Using AWS EC2 F1 Instances

by Xilinx Employee ‎04-12-2018 11:16 AM - edited ‎04-17-2018 01:52 PM

Did you miss our first Virtual Developer Lab or Online Office Hours webinar? Here's another chance to join.


Learn about Amazon EC2 F1 instances and the data center workloads they accelerate. These sessions will feature Xilinx and Amazon Web Services experts so you can get step-by-step instruction using Amazon EC2 F1 instances to accelerate your applications.


Join the solution architect online office hours webinar to get questions answered from Xilinx and Amazon Web Services experts regarding the AWS EC2 F1 offering, SDAccel, use cases, requirements, and more.


If you're getting started using AWS EC2 F1 instances or have questions about an existing EC2 F1 project, this is the webinar for you.


Register below for one or both of these webinars.


Virtual Developer Lab

Tuesday, April 24 | 12:30 PM - 3:00 PM PST

  • Connect to an F1 instance
  • Experience F1 acceleration
  • Develop and optimize F1 application with SDAccel


Online Office Hours

Thursday, April 26 | 12:30 PM - 1:30 PM PST

  • Answer questions from AWS EC2 F1 users
  • Discuss use cases and technical questions
  • Questions can be submitted and answered in English


Free Developer Webinar | FPGA Accelerated AI on AWS

by Xilinx Employee ‎04-04-2018 01:57 PM - edited ‎04-12-2018 11:15 AM

Date: April 11, 2018 | Time: 10:00am PDT / 1:00pm EST / 18:00 GMT


Are you looking to integrate machine learning acceleration into your application? Join us for our upcoming webinar.


In this one hour webinar, Elliott Delaye, Xilinx Machine Learning principal engineer, will give you a detailed walk-through of CNN acceleration on the recently released Xilinx ML Suite, which is conveniently accessible on the Amazon EC2 cloud.


Register now to learn how to use this cloud-based software stack to evaluate, develop, and deploy machine learning capabilities into your accelerated applications on the AWS cloud.



Avnet’s MiniZed SpeedWay Design Workshop Videos Now On Demand

by Xilinx Employee ‎03-26-2018 10:12 AM - edited ‎04-04-2018 01:56 PM

The MiniZed SpeedWay Design Workshops™ help engineers jump-start the development of single-core Xilinx® Zynq®-7000 All Programmable SoC devices using the Avnet MiniZed™ Zynq SoC development board, a cost-optimized prototyping platform for embedded vision and Industrial IoT systems.


Video presentations of the four-part MiniZed SpeedWay Design Workshops are now available online for free.


Learn more



Register Now: Xilinx AWS Virtual Developer Lab and Office Hours

by Xilinx Employee ‎03-20-2018 03:41 PM - edited ‎03-26-2018 10:10 AM

Did you miss the Xilinx Developer Lab at SC17, AWS reInvent, XDF Frankfurt or FPGA 2018?

The same experience is now available as a virtual developer lab. Learn about Amazon EC2 F1 instances and the data center workloads they accelerate. These sessions will feature Xilinx and Amazon Web Services experts so you can get step-by-step instruction using Amazon EC2 F1 instances to accelerate your applications.

Xilinx is also hosting solution architect online office hours to answer questions from potential Xilinx users regarding AWS EC2 F1 offering, SDAccel, use cases, requirements, technical questions and more.

If you’re getting started using AWS EC2 F1 instances or have questions about an existing EC2 F1 project, this is the webinar for you. Register below for one or both of these webinars.


Xilinx AWS Virtual Developer Lab (Tuesday, March 27, 12:30 PM - 3:00 PM PST)

  • Connect to an F1 instance
  • Experience F1 acceleration
  • Develop and optimize F1 application with SDAccel
  • Register Now

Online Office Hours (Thursday, March 29, 12:30 PM - 1:30 PM PST)

  • Answer questions from users, discuss use cases, and more
  • Questions can be submitted and answered in English
  • Register Now


Xilinx Debuting Industry-First Solutions at OFC 2018

by Xilinx Employee ‎03-08-2018 11:38 AM - edited ‎03-20-2018 03:40 PM

Targeting 5G network services and data center interconnect applications, these solutions give systems OEMs maximum flexibility and enable migration to next-generation designs, allowing for scalable performance at the lowest risk while ensuring network security.

Join us in booth #2807 for the following demonstrations:

  • 400G Packet Classification and Search
  • Flexible Inband network Telemetry for Flow Analytics with Barefoot
  • Flexible Line Systems with FlexE
  • FlexE Implementations for 5G
  • Flexible PON Solutions

Also, join Xilinx and its ecosystem for the following presentations:

March 13, 2018 | Theater II, San Diego Convention Center Show Floor

  • 12:45PM – 1:45PM – Ethernet Alliance Panel: Ethernet Roadmaps Update

March 14, 2018 | Expo Theater III, Exhibit Hall B2

  • 11:00AM – 11:30AM – Panel with Xilinx and CMCC: Slicing Packet Network (SPN) Enabling 5G Services
  • 11:30AM – 12:00PM – Fronthaul Challenges for the 5G Optical Network

For more additional information on Xilinx demos and presentations, please click here.



Xilinx Ranked #66 on Barron’s 100 Most Sustainable Companies

by Xilinx Employee ‎02-28-2018 10:15 AM - edited ‎03-08-2018 11:36 AM

We are excited to be included in Barron’s 100 Most Sustainable Companies list. Check out the full list here: http://bit.ly/2nULcEX



See Xilinx’s ISE 2018 Booth Demos

by Xilinx Employee ‎02-20-2018 02:23 PM - edited ‎02-28-2018 10:14 AM

This year, Xilinx showcased 8K and AV over IP Solutions at ISE 2018. Check out our booth demos recorded by rAVe publications.


Watch Now



Celebrating Our 34th Anniversary

by Xilinx Employee ‎02-14-2018 01:34 PM - edited ‎02-20-2018 02:22 PM

As ONEXILINX, we celebrated 34 years of technology leadership at our annual Founders Day events. Check out these highlights from our offices around the globe!




Sharpen your Focus with Embedded Vision Solutions

by Xilinx Employee ‎01-31-2018 02:19 PM - edited ‎02-07-2018 04:20 PM

Embedded vision is revolutionizing industries from agricultural to industrial and automotive. Learn how we’re working with Avnet to drive the change.


Go here



Watch Our Latest Webinars on Your Own Time

by Xilinx Employee ‎01-26-2018 09:58 AM - edited ‎01-31-2018 02:18 PM

Visit our new Webinar Portal to catch up on all of our on-demand webinars and stay up to date with what is upcoming. Watch our experts deliver deep dives into hot topics, solutions and tips and tricks at a time that is convenient for you and your schedule.


Visit Now!



We’re coming to a university career fair near you!

by Xilinx Employee ‎01-17-2018 02:36 PM - edited ‎01-26-2018 09:58 AM

Want to join Team Xilinx? If you are looking for an internship, full-time position or a fidget spinner, please stop by our booth!


UC Santa Barbara

STEM Career Fair

January 24, 2018; 10:00am - 2:00pm


Stanford University

Engineering Job Opportunity Fair

January 27, 2018; 10:30am - 4:00pm


National University of Singapore

NUS Career Fest 2018

January 30, 2018; 9:30am - 5:00pm


Cal Tech

Winter Career Fair

January 30, 2017; 10:00am - 2:00pm


For a full list of locations and dates, visit www.xilinx.com/students.



Industry’s #1 FPGA for Cloud Acceleration Orderable Now

by Xilinx Employee ‎01-10-2018 03:42 PM - edited ‎01-17-2018 02:36 PM

Virtex UltraScale+ FPGA VCU1525 Acceleration Development Kit


Ideal for computationally intensive data center applications like video transcoding, data analytics, genomics, and machine learning and for data center application developers wanting to leverage the advanced capabilities of the Virtex® UltraScale+™ VU9P FPGA. This PCIe® development board is accessible in the cloud and on-premise with the frameworks, libraries, drivers and development tools to support easy application programming with OpenCL™, C, C++, and RTL through the Xilinx SDAccel™ Development Environment.


Learn more


Contact Xilinx Sales to Purchase



Vivado Design Suite HLx Editions 2017.4 Now Available

by Xilinx Employee ‎01-05-2018 10:25 AM - edited ‎01-12-2018 10:17 AM

The Vivado Design Suite HLx Editions 2017.4 release is now available with support for:

  • Zynq UltraScale+™ MPSoC: XCZU4EV/CG/EG, (-1, -2), XCZU19EG (-1L, 2L), XCZU7EV/CG/EG (-1,-2), XCZU5EV/CG/EG (-1, 2)
  • Kintex® UltraScale+™: XCKU5P (-1L, -2L), XCKU15P (-1L,-2L)
  • Artix®-7 and Spartan®-7: XC7A25T(-1,-2), XC7S25 (-1, -2, -1LI), XC7A12T(-1, 2)


Read about all of this and more in the Vivado 2017.4 release notes.

For latest trends to accelerate your productivity, check out the Vivado Expert Blog.


Download Now