Xilinx's Virtex-II Pro EasyPath family will be available in the second half of 2003, and will enable cut costs for using Virtex-II Pro FPGA designs without requiring any additional resources. Cost savings of up to 80 percent are promised and Xilinx says it can deliver the Virtex-II Pro EasyPath solution as a guaranteed performance match to the Virtex-II Pro FPGA in a fraction of the time required for traditional competing ASIC alternatives.
The Virtex-II Pro family has been shipping since March 2002 and includes multiple PowerPC CPUs and multi-gigabit serial transceivers.
Virtex-II Pro EasyPath devices are standard Virtex-II Pro FPGA circuits verified to meet the requirements of a specific customer application. Xilinx has created a test methodology that leverages the reprogrammability of FPGAs to isolate and test all resources required of a specific design, based on data generated by Xilinx implementation tools.
A set of configuration patterns and test vectors specific to that design are created and combined into a custom test program to validate the functionality of all required FPGA resources.