RS extends FPGA portfolio, adding 150 devices including new Cyclone and
Spartan families from Altera and Xilinx

RS Components
is adding more than 150 products to its FPGA portfolio for mainstream industrial, scientific and medical applications, providing more options for system-on-chip designers seeking fast, convenient access to established, price-competitive device families and supporting development tools.

For RS, Paul Webster, Head of Product Management, Electronics said: “Today’s mid-range FPGAs and highly-featured CPLDs help designers meet aggressive cost and power targets, as well as speeding up time to market and increasing design agility. They are often chosen in preference to a microcontroller or ASIC-based design in projects where a variety of sensing, networking, signal processing, Gigabit-I/O and general-purpose capabilities are required”.

The broad range of devices now available from RS Components includes Altera’s APEX, Cyclone®, FLEX® and Stratix® architectures including APEX 20K, Cyclone II, Cyclone III and Stratix II families. Xilinx device families include CoolRunner™-II, Virtex®-4, Virtex-5 and multiple Spartan® families including Spartan 3E/3A/3AN and Spartan 3A DSP. A dramatically extended portfolio of devices from Lattice Semiconductor will also be announced shortly.

“The ever-increasing choice of competitively priced FPGAs targeting mainstream industrial applications is an extremely important trend, often overshadowed by news of leading-edge innovations,” continued Webster. “As the leading European distributor offering one-stop-shop catalogue facilities, we provide the easiest possible access to this technology, including convenient, rapid delivery free of restrictions such as minimum order quantities.”

Supporting the company’s strategy offering convenient access to low-cost, low-power custom-programmable design is a comprehensive range of development boards and kits. These enable designers to familiarise themselves with device features and design techniques and take advantage of application examples and reference designs that help accelerate project completion.

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