What are the Features and Applications of the Xilinx Spartan 6 FPGAs?

The Xilinx Spartan 6 FPGAs refers to a high-capacity and a low-cost FPGA. Also, it works with 45nm copper-clad low-power technology that helps in balancing cost, performance, and power consumption.

Also, the Xilinx Spartan 6 FPGAs utilizes 6-input LUTs, dual-register, and a series of system-level, built-in modules. Therefore, these built-in system-level modules include SDRAM memory interface, PCIe interface, automatic detection of configuration, a block ram of 18kb, protection of the device DNA, enhanced IP featuring AES, 2nd-generation DSP48A21 Slice, Select IO technology, system-level advanced mode for power management, hybrid robust module for clock management, and high-speed optimized GTP Transceiver.

Furthermore, the Xilinx Spartan 6 FPGAs are best for logic design of high capacity, a DSP design that is user oriented, and a design of low cost. However, when in suspend mode, you can maintain the chip’s internal state. Furthermore, there are many pins that help in realizing the chip’s wake-up operation

Above all, each differential IO pair can attain a speed of about 1080Mb/s for the data transmission. Each of the pin features an output current of about 24mA. The Xilinx Spartan 6 FPGAs supports some high-speed interfaces, which includes 1G Ethernet, DisplayPort, CPRI, XAUI, Serial ATA, GPON, PCI Express, EPON, Aurora, and OBSAI.

Furthermore, the interface for the memory control features multiple ports. Each of these ports features its own FIFO. With FIFO, you can achieve high-speed writing and reading of the memory

Importantly, it has 16 clock networks (low-skew). Also, with internal DCM you can get rid of cycle distortion and clock skew changes. Moreover, with the internal PLL, you can realize low clock jitter and phase lock. Also, it features a 45nm technology having a power consumption.

Features of Xilinx Spartan 6 FPGAs

Xilinx Spartan 6 FPGA
  • The Xilinx Spartan 6 FPGAs has a low cost for design as well as a low static and dynamic power consumption
  • The Select IO has the ability to utilize multi-level standards
  • 2–3.3V protocols and level standards for selection
  • Low-power SSTL, HSTL memory interface technology;
  • This works with specification of hot-swap
  • The IO interfaceslope is adjustable, which helps in improving the integrity of the signal.
  • Serial transceiver of high-speed that only comes in LXT FPGA
  • Support the PCI interface, works fine with 33MHZ
  • Endpoint block utilized in the interface design of PCIe (only LXT FPGA)
  • Very effective DSP48A1 module
  • Also, it features a fast 48 bitaccumulator or 18X18 multiplier, and can cascade and stream
  • It supports LPDDR, DDR3, DDR2, and DDR
  • The rate of the data is about 800Mb/s
  • Integrated interface module with memory control
  • Also, it has more than enough logical resources
  • Distributed RAM or a shift register (optional)
  • Efficient LUT of 6-input
  • Also features block RAMs, with each having a size of 18Kb. Also, each of these block RAMs can be utilized as two block RAMs of 9kb via programming
  • Simple device configuration
  • Also features two pins that helps in detecting the configuration mode automatically
  • It can support a maximum of four SPI Flash, as well as Nor Flash configuration
  • Also, the programming of the Xilinx Platform’s Flash is with JTAG
  • It allows for multi-boot; this helps in the facilitation of remote upgrade
  • AES encryption of the bitstream
  • Furthermore, it supports a MicroBlaze processor system
  • Rich reference and industrial IP designs
  • Also, the unique logo of the Device DNA is useful for the certification of the design certification

Benefits of the Xilinx Spartan 6 FPGA

Importantly, the Xilinx Spartan 6 FPGAs offer top connectivity features like different numbers of supported I/O protocols, MicroBlaze™ soft processor, small packaging, and logic-to-pin ratios that are high. Also, this product is best for different applications for advanced bridging seen in consumer, industrial automation, and automotive infotainment.

Applications of the Xilinx Spartan 6 FPGA

Importantly, the applications of the Xilinx Spartan 6 FPGAs can be seen in industrial networks, graphics and video of high resolution and vehicle connectivity and networking.

Industrial Networks

Today’s factories are configurable, efficient, and very automated systems. Therefore, this critical technology found at the center of these new factories is called Industrial Ethernet. Moreover, this offers positive communication across the system’s networked devices.

Furthermore, the Xilinx Spartan 6 FPGAs’ high performance logic allows designers to execute Ethernet switches of low latency, which ensures deterministic communication whenever the network’s nodes grow.

Furthermore, this programmable logic permits designers to incorporate interfaces, safety, and motor control to standards of legacy communication all to a singular chip for the smallest possible form factor hardware. Therefore, below are some of its benefits in industrial networks

  • Programmable logic permits the implementation of multiple protocols on one hardware platform
  • It Incorporates high-performance motor control and communication onto a singular chip
  • Logic of high performance which allows for Ethernet switches with low latency
  • High efficiency algorithms for motor control, which helps in reducing the cost of noise and motor filters
  • Reduction of system power
  • Reduces the power of the system with added efficient control

Graphics and video of high resolution

Also, the Xilinx Spartan 6 FPGAs offer the scalability and flexibility to support different high resolution graphics and video systems necessary for the instrument clusters of today’s heads up displays, camera views for driver assistance, and TFT/LCD messaging centers.

Furthermore, Xilinx Spartan 6 FPGAs are great for high resolution graphic and video systems needed in the displays with:

  • System controller, integrated processor, video bridging, as well as other functions that is critical on a device
  • Independent display/video hardware gotten from application processor boot to ensure a fast start up
  • Also, any scalable architecture that offers control over different types and number of displays without a change in base silicon
  • Reduced NRE costs compared to the semi-custom ASIC/ASSP solutions
  • Furthermore, complete platforms for hardware design and reference designs available to help in accelerating the time it gets to the market

Vehicle connectivity and networking

Importantly, the Xilinx automotive platforms help in getting rid of the need for complex, expensive wiring with huge support for many in-vehicle standards for networking which includes: API, CAN, and EAVB.

Also, FPGAs serve independently like a full system-on-chip, DSP device or microcontroller. Moreover, incorporating connections for vehicle networks with video/audio graphics subsystems or processing acceleration on one Xilinx platform results in an application-specific and cost-effective solution.

  • Scalability, which helps in addressing many feature classes in different automotive lines
  • Also present is a tailored IP that help serve functions specific to automotives
  • Similarly, flexibility to help in upgrading functionality and features as the emergence of new standards for networking happen
  • Multiple processor and reference design interface

Values and Features of the Xilinx Spartan 6 FPGAs

Below are the values and the features of the Xilinx Spartan 6 FPGA

Integration of programmable system

  • For input/output connectivity, there’s a high ratio between the pin-count and logic
  • Also, there are more than 40 Input/Output standards for any system design that is simplified
  • PCI Express® having an endpoint block that is integrated

Increased performance of the system

  • About eight 3.2 GB/s low power serial transceivers
  • 800Mb/s DDR3 having a memory controller

Reduction in BOM Cost

  • MicroBlaze™ processor IP to get rid of MCU components or external processor
  • Also, it is cost-optimized for Input/Output expansion

Reduction in Total Power

  • Also present is zero power featuring power-down hibernate mode
  • Core voltage options of either 1.2V or 1.0V

Quick Design Productivity

  • Design solution for Windows and Linux
  • Quick design closure making use of integrated wizards

Electrical Characteristics of the Xilinx Spartan 6 FPGAs

The Xilinx Spartan 6 FPGAs come in different speed grades. Of all the speed grades, we have -3 having the greatest performance. Also, the AC and DC electrical parameters of the Spartan-6Q FPGAs (Defense-grade) and the XA Spartan-6 FPGAs (Automotive) devices are usually equal to the specifications except areas where noted.

Furthermore, industrial devices with a speed grade of -2 have similar timing characteristics as commercial devices having a speed grade of -2.

Also, the speed grades of -3Q and -2Q are for the expanded range of temperature. Furthermore, the characteristics of timing are also equivalent to that revealed for speed grades of -3 and -2 for the defense-grade and automotive devices.

In addition, the AC and DC characteristics of the Spartan-6 FPGA are indicated for expanded (Q), industrial (I), and   commercial (C) temperature ranges. Moreover, just selected speed devices and/or speed grades may be available for the expanded or industrial temperature ranges for the defense-grade and automotive devices.

Furthermore, device names’ references involve the variations available for a specific part number. Let’s choose LX75 for example. Also, this could mean XQ6SLX75, XA6SLX75, or XC6SLX75. A speed grade of -3N for the Xilinx Spartan 6 FPGA family implies devices, which don’t support the functionality of the MCB.

Also, all the specifications of the junction temperature and supply voltage represent any worst-case condition. Furthermore, the inclusion of the parameters is great for typical applications and popular designs and typical applications.

Xilinx Spartan 6 FPGA Switching Characteristics

The specification of the Xilinx Spartan 6 FPGAs’ switching characteristics is on the basis of per-speed-grade. Furthermore, you can design them as Preliminary, Advance, or Production. You can define each of these designations as follows:

Preliminary

The basis of these specifications is on total or complete ES silicon characterization. In addition, speed grades and devices having this designation will help you know better of the production silicon’s expected performance. Moreover, in contrast to Advance data, the chance of having delays in under-reporting is reduced greatly in contrast to the Advance data.

Advance

For advance, the basis of the specifications is on simulations alone. Also, they are available immediately after the freezing of the specifications of the device design. Moreover, though speed grades having this designation are usually seen as conservative and relatively stable, it is possible for some underreporting to happen.

Production

For production, the release of these specifications happens immediately enough silicon of a specific family member of a device has been shown to offer total correlation between devices and specifications over many production lots.

Here, delays are not underreported. Furthermore, anytime there is any subsequent change, the information gets to the customers. Also, grades with the slowest speed transform to Production even before grades with faster speed.

In addition, all the specifications always represent junction temperature and supply voltage worst-case conditions. However, the production of individual members of the family happen at different periods and times, migrating between different categories hinges totally on the result of the process of fabrication for all the individual devices

Also, the speed grade -1L involves the Spartan-6 FPGA devices with lower power. Furthermore, the speed grade of -3N involves the Spartan-6 FPGA devices, which doesn’t support the functionality of the MCB.

Switching Characteristics Testing

Importantly, for switching characteristics testing, all the devices usually undergo a functional test 100%. Also, you derive the parameters for internal timing from the measurement of the patterns for the internal test. Also, you can find the representative values below.

Furthermore, in order to get a worst-case, more precise, and more specific data, make use of the values that the timing analyzer gives. Also, unless it is otherwise stated, these values work for all Spartan 6 FPGA devices.

Production ISE Software and Silicon Status

Furthermore, there are cases whereby the release of a particular speed grade and family member to production happens before the release of a speed specification with the right label (Production, Preliminary, and Advance). Also, the correction of all labeling discrepancies occurs in all subsequent releases for speed specification.

Xilinx Spartan 6 FPGA Devices

XC6SLX75T-3FG676C XC6SLX150-2FG900C XC6SLX16-N3FTG256C

XC6SLX150T-2FG900I XC6SLX4-2CPG196I XC6SLX150T-N3FG676I

XC6SLX25-3FGG484C XC6SLX9-FTG256BIV XC6SLX150-3FG900I

XC6SLX16-3CPG196I XC6SLX150-2CSG484C XC6SLX75T-2FGG676I

XC6SLX75-2CSG484I XC6SLX9-3TQG144I XC6SLX9-L1TQG144I

XC6SLX9-3TQG144C XC6SLX9-3FTG256C XC6SLX9-3FTG256I

XC6SLX9-2TQG144I XC6SLX9-2FTG256I XC6SLX9-2TQG144C

XC6SLX9-2FTG256C XC6SLX9-2CSG225C XC6SLX9-2CSG225I

XC6SLX75T-2FGG484I XC6SLX75-3FGG484C XC6SLX75-3FGG484I

XC6SLX75-2FGG676I XC6SLX75-2FGG484C XC6SLX75-2FGG676C

XC6SLX75-2CSG484C XC6SLX45T-3FGG484C XC6SLX45T-3FGG484I

XC6SLX45T-2FGG484C XC6SLX45-3FGG676C XC6SLX45-3FGG676I

XC6SLX45-3FGG484I XC6SLX45-3CSG324C XC6SLX45-3CSG324I

XC6SLX45-2FGG484I XC6SLX45-2CSG484I XC6SLX45-2FGG484C

XC6SLX45-2CSG484C XC6SLX45-2CSG324C XC6SLX45-2CSG324I

XC6SLX25-3FTG256C XC6SLX25-3CSG324C XC6SLX25-3FGG484I

XC6SLX25-2FTG256I XC6SLX25-2CSG324I XC6SLX25-2FGG484C

XC6SLX25-2CSG324C XC6SLX16-3CSG324I XC6SLX16-3FTG256I

XC6SLX16-2FTG256C XC6SLX16-2CSG225I XC6SLX16-2CSG324I

XC6SLX150T-3FGG900C XC6SLX150T-3FGG484I XC6SLX150T-3FGG676I

XC6SLX150T-3FG676I XC6SLX150T-2FGG484I XC6SLX150T-2FGG900I

XC6SLX150-3FGG676C XC6SLX150-3CSG484I XC6SLX150-3FG676I

XC6SLX150-2FGG676I XC6SLX150-2FGG484C XC6SLX150-2FGG484I

XC6SLX150-2CSG484I XC6SLX100-3FGG676I XC6SLX100T-3FGG484I

XC6SLX100-3FGG484I XC6SLX100-2FGG484C XC6SLX100-3FGG484C

XC6SLX100-2CSG484C XC6SLX25T-2TSG324C XC6SLX9-TQG144

XC6SLX100-N3FGG484I XC6SLX150T-4FGG900C XC6SLX75-N3FGG676C

XC6SLX9-L1FT256I XC6SLX9-L1CSG324I XC6SLX9-L1FT256C

XC6SLX9-L1CSG324C XC6SLX9-3CSG324C XC6SLX9-L1CSG225I

XC6SLX9-2FT256I XC6SLX75T-N3FGG484C XC6SLX75T-N3FGG676C

XC6SLX75T-3FG676I XC6SLX75T-3CSG484I XC6SLX75T-3FG484C

XC6SLX75T-3CSG484C XC6SLX75T-2FG676C XC6SLX75T-2FG676I

XC6SLX75T-2FG484C XC6SLX75T-2CSG484C

XC6SLX75-N3FGG484I XC6SLX150T-N3FGG676C

Let’s consider the technical data of some of these Xilinx Spartan 6 FPGA Devices

XC6SLX75T-3FG676C

Features of XC6SLX75T-3FG676C

  • Logic optimized Spartan-6 LX FPGA
  • Also, this is a low cost design
  • Spartan-6 LXT FPGA: Serial connectivity of high speed
  • Pads are staggered
  • Multiple integrated blocks that are effective
  • Wire-bonded High-volume plastic packages
  • Optimized selection of the Input/Output standards
  • Furthermore, there is low dynamic and static power
  • Interfaces of high speed that includes , Aurora, Serial ATA, PCI Express, 1G Ethernet, CPRI, OBSAI, GPON, EPON, XAUI, and DisplayPort
  • About 3.4 Gb per seconds
  • Lots of logic resources having high logic capacity
  • Flexible clocking, low noise
  • Auto-detect 2-pin configuration
  • Also, there is frequency synthesis having simultaneous phase shifting, division, and multiplication

XC6SLX16-N3FTG256C

Features of the XC6SLX16-N3FTG256C

  • Designed specifically to achieve low cost
  • GTP serial transceivers present in LXT FPGAs having high speed
  • Endpoint block integrated for PCI Express designs
  • Also present is a well organized DSP48A1 slices
  • Lots of logic resources and an increase in logic capacity
  • Controller blocks with integrated memory
  • Block RAM having a broad spectrum of granularity
  • Better security to ensure design protection
  • Industry-leading reference designs and IP
  • Furthermore, configuration is simplified and supports standards of low-cost
  • CMT (Clock Management Tile) necessary for better performance
  • Quick and embedded processing having a low cost, enhanced, and soft processor
  • Dynamic and low static power multi-standard, multi-voltage interface banks

XC6SLX150-2FG900C

Features of XC6SLX150-2FG900C

  • Industry-leading reference designs and IP
  • Also present are PLLs that ensure low-jitter clocking
  • Frequency synthesis having simultaneous phase shifting, division, and multiplication
  • Better security to ensure design protection
  • Simplified configuration, which allows for low-cost standards
  • Flexible, low noise clocking
  • Pre-adder to offer assistance to filter applications
  • Cascading and pipelining capability
  • About 3.2 Gb per seconds
  • High-performance signal and arithmetic processing
  • Hot swap compliant
  • Furthermore, Input/Output slew rates are adjustable, which helps in improving the integrity of the signal
  • Interfaces of high speed that includes Aurora, OBSAI, PCI Express, 1G Ethernet, CPRI, GPON, EPON, XAUI, Serial ATA, and DisplayPort

XC6SLX150T-2FG900I

Features of XC6SLX150T-2FG900I

  • Designed specifically to achieve low cost
  • Also, it has a dynamic and low static power
  • Multi-standard, multi-voltage interface banks
  • Controller blocks with integrated memory
  • Industry-leading reference and IP designs
  • Quick and embedded processing having a low cost, enhanced, and soft processor
  • PCI technology support of low cost that works with 33 MHz, 64- and 32- bit specification
  • Furthermore, it has easy configuration, supports standards of low cost
  • Endpoint block integrated for PCI Express designs
  • Block RAM having a broad spectrum of granularity
  • Clock Management Tile to offer better performance

XC6SLX150T-N3FG676I

Features of XC6SLX150T-N3FG676I

  • Designed specifically to achieve low cost
  • Dynamic and low static power
  • Also present is a block RAM having a broad spectrum of granularity
  • Multi-standard, multi-voltage interface banks
  • Effective DSP48A1 slices
  • Clock Management Tile to offer better performance
  • Better security to ensure design protection
  • Furthermore, there is a quick and embedded processing having a low cost, enhanced, and soft processor
  • Industry-leading reference and IP designs
  • Easy configuration, supports standards of low cost
  • Lots of logic resources and an increase in logic capacity
  • PCI technology support of low cost that works with 33 MHz, 64- and 32- bit specification

XC6SLX4-2CPG196I

Features of XC6SLX4-2CPG196I

  • Low cost design
  • Multi-standard, multi-voltage interface banks
  • Interfaces of high speed that includes Aurora, OBSAI, PCI Express, 1G Ethernet, CPRI, GPON, EPON, XAUI, Serial ATA, and DisplayPort
  • PCI technology support of low cost that works with 33 MHz, 64- and 32- bit specification
  • Dynamic and low static power
  • High-performance signal and arithmetic processing
  • Pre-adder to offer assistance to filter applications
  • LRDDR, DDR3, DDR2, and DDR support
  • Also, there is cascading and pipelining capability
  • Block RAM having a broad spectrum of granularity
  • Flexible, low noise clocking
  • Furthermore, it has a frequency synthesis having simultaneous phase shifting, division, and multiplication

XC6SLX25-3FGG484C

Features of XC6SLX25-3FGG484C

  • Effective DSP48A1 slices
  • Unique identifier for the device DNA for authentication of the device
  • In addition, there is presence of AES bitstream encryption for larger devices
  • Sixteen global low-skew clock networks
  • Frequency synthesis having simultaneous phase shifting, division, and multiplication
  • Also present are PLLs that ensure low-jitter clocking
  • LUT featuring dual flip-flops to serve any pipeline centric application
  • Blocks of 18 Kb, which can be programmed to become two independent block RAMs of 9 kb
  • PCI technology support of low cost that works with 33 MHz, 64- and 32- bit specification
  • Efficient LUTs that serve in minimizing power and improving performance

XC6SLX150-3FG900I

Features of XC6SLX150-3FG900I

  • High performance signal and arithmetic processing
  • Also, there is cascading and pipelining capability
  • Pre-adder that helps in assisting filter applications
  • Furthermore, there are lots of logic resources as well as increase in logic capacity
  • Flexible, low noise clocking
  • In addition, there is a simplified configuration that support any low-cost standard
  • PCI technology support of low cost that works with 33 MHz, 64- and 32- bit specification
  • Rate of data transfer for each differential I/O can reach 1080 Mb/s
  • Also, there is low dynamic and static power
  • Multi-standard, multi-voltage interface banks
  • Fast 48-bit accumulator and 18 x 18 multiplier
  • Blocks of 18 Kb, which can be programmed to become two independent block RAMs of 9 kb

XC6SLX9-FTG256BIV

Features of XC6SLX9-FTG256BIV

  • Pads are staggered
  • Also present are plastic high-volume packages that are wire-bonded
  • Efficient multiple integrated blocks
  • Interfaces of high speed that includes Aurora, OBSAI, PCI Express, 1G Ethernet, CPRI, GPON, EPON, XAUI, Serial ATA, and DisplayPort
  • LRDDR, DDR3, DDR2, and DDR support
  • Furthermore, data rates can reach 800 Mb per second
  • LUT featuring dual flip-flops to serve any pipeline centric application
  • Blocks of 18 Kb, which can be programmed to become two independent block RAMs of 9 kb
  • Also, unique identifier for the device DNA for authentication of the device
  • Efficient LUTs that serve in minimizing power and improving performance

XC6SLX16-3CPG196I

Features of XC6SLX16-3CPG196I

  • Block RAM having a broad spectrum of granularity
  • Also present are lots of logic resources as well as increase in logic capacity
  • Industry-leading reference and IP designs
  • Enhanced security to ensure design protection
  • PCI technology support of low cost that works with 33 MHz, 64- and 32- bit specification
  • CMT (Clock management tile) to ensure better performance
  • Effective DSP48A1 slices
  • Endpoint block integrated for PCI Express designs
  • Also, it has a simplified configuration that support any low-cost standard
  • Low cost design

Conclusion

By now, you should have gained vast knowledge as regards the Xilinx Spartan 6 FPGA Family. Also, they come with great features and involve 100 family devices. Furthermore, if you have some questions on your mind, you are free to ask us here. We will be glad to be of help.