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November 29, 2009

Spansion introduces MirrorBit flash memory for Xilinx Spartan-6 FPGA family

To develop consumer, infotainment, video and other apps

By CBR Staff Writer

Spansion said that its MirrorBit Flash memory is available as a verified configuration offering for the new Spartan-6 FPGA family of Xilinx.

The company said that the MirrorBit multi-I/O flash add-on module is compatible with the Spartan-6 evaluation and development kits, enabling designers to easily evaluate and test various configuration options. The combined services are available through Avnet Electronics Marketing and can be used to develop consumer, infotainment, video and other cost and power-sensitive applications.

Spansion said that its MirrorBit NOR GL family is featured on Avnet’s Spartan-6 LX150T FPGA development kit and the adaptor modules for its MirrorBit multi-I/O serial flash memory product are available for the Xilinx Spartan-6 FPGA SP601, SP605 and Avnet LX16 evaluation kits. The configuration services are supported in the new Xilinx ISE design suite tools, simplifying bit stream generation and flash programming.

According to Spansion, its MirrorBit multi-I/O SPI family features serial read performance in addition to Multi-I/O throughput performance of up to 40MB/sec that enables boot up times using FPGA configuration data. The MirrorBit multi-I/O SPI family includes 32Mb, 64Mb and 128Mb devices.

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The company said that the MirrorBit NOR GL products operate at 3.0 volts, feature a random read speed of 90-100 nanoseconds access, and offer a page read speed of 25 nanoseconds through an 8-word page buffer. The MirrorBit NOR GL products include 32Mb-1Gb, with all densities.

Jim Beneke, vice president of global technical marketing at Avnet Electronics Marketing, said: Spansion Flash memory is perfectly suited for the Spartan-6 configuration solution, enabling designers to easily demonstrate standard FPGA design flows and simplify application development. The flexibility and high performance of MirrorBit NOR solutions, with its universal footprint, for both parallel and serial Flash, enable added flexibility and rapid prototyping at lower costs in the development process for the customer.

In addition to compatibility with the Spartan-6 family, Spansion Flash memory can also be paired with FPGA’s from the Xilinx Virtex-6 platform for demanding applications, the company said.

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