The exacting technological demands created by increasing bandwidth requirements have given rise to significant advances in FPGA technology that enable engineers to successfully incorporate highspeed I/O interfaces in their designs. One aspect of design that plays an increasingly important role is that of the FPGA package. As the interfaces get faster and wider, choosing the right package has become one of the key considerations for the system designer.

This white paper discusses some of the advantages made available to the application design engineer by the Virtex-5 family’s advanced approach to FPGA packaging.