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Registered: ‎09-27-2011

Spartan-6 FPGA LX16 Evaluation Kit discontinued?

The Xilinx page for this board states it "is no longer in production, and can not be purchased":

http://www.xilinx.com/products/boards-and-kits/AES-S6EV-LX16-G.htm

I see no indication it's being discontinued on the Avnet site.

Is this board still in production?  Is it scheduled for end of life?

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Re: Spartan-6 FPGA LX16 Evaluation Kit discontinued?

The Xilinx page is wrong, and I have asked for it to be corrected. We have 30 in stock that can ship immediately. You may place an order with your local Avnet office, or you can order online here:

http://avnetexpress.avnet.com/store/em/EMController?action=products&catalogId=500201&storeId=500201&...

 

The landing page for documentation is here:

http://www.em.avnet.com/spartan6lx16-evl

 

I am told that we do not plan to build this product again due to limited sales. Therefore, it is marked for end-of-life. However, a minimum quantity last-time build would be considered. Avnet would also consider providing the source files to an interested customer if they wanted to continue building the product for themselves. You can make these requests through your local FAE or customize@avnet.com.

 

Bryan

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Re: Spartan-6 FPGA LX16 Evaluation Kit discontinued?

Thanks for the reply Bryan -- sad to see it's being discontinued but I'm glad we have a chance to pick some up before we go.

Are there any new boards coming out that might have comparable capability to this one?

 

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Re: Spartan-6 FPGA LX16 Evaluation Kit discontinued?

I'm very interested to hear your feedback. What features on the LX16 board did you find most useful?

 

We've been doing a lot of work with Zynq lately, whose dual-core ARM is a superior processing option to a Spartan-6 MicroBlaze. MicroZed is one of our Zynq boards -- see www.microzed.org.

 

We also have a new Artix-7 board, which is in a similar price range to the LX16. See https://www.em.avnet.com/en-us/design/drc/Pages/Xilinx-Artix-7-50T-FPGA-Evaluation-Kit.aspx.

 

Bryan

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Re: Spartan-6 FPGA LX16 Evaluation Kit discontinued?

We've mostly used this board as a gateway to integrate devices with non-standard interfaces to standards-based systems communicating over Ethernet.

We implement the non-standard interface as VHDL custom IP and exchange the data with code on the Microblaze, which performs the necessary processing and runs the Ethernet stack. 

We generally need a fair number of I/O pins to implement the interface (so far the MXP connector has always provided enough) but we don't use the PSoC, the battery, or the USB port.

I'll take a look at those other two options -- they're both new to me though and we've gotten a lot of mileage out of re-use of the Spartan-6 development so I'd hate to have to start over again...