FPGAs are becoming the platform of choice for a growing number of hardware and software designers developing embedded processing applications for the industrial, medical, communications, aerospace, and defense markets. The combined value of design flexibility to support changing standards, reduced cost due to better system integration, and parallel processing performance has steadily fueled this trend of implementing complete systems on FPGAs.

In an effort to substantially simplify and accelerate the means by which both embedded software and hardware designers gain access to these benefits, Xilinx has developed fully-functional, tested, and supported targeted reference designs for both the Spartan-6 and Virtex-6 FPGAs.