Performance in today’s systems is defined by more than FPGA clock rates. Every system has different requirements, and the maximum achievable performance is determined by various factors such as logic fabric performance, I/O bandwidth, embedded processing, and DSP performance, among others. These requirements can also be subject to power restrictions, as well as signal integrity and cost budgets.

Xilinx® developed the Virtex™-4 FPGA family after consulting hundreds of customers to address these requirements and make it easier than ever to meet system performance goals. In this article, we’ll look at how Virtex-4 FPGAs provide new and unique capabilities to help you meet diverse requirements for system performance.

Reprinted with permission from Xcell Journal / Third Quarter 2005. Article © Xcell Journal.