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XILINX PROGRAMMABLE CHIPS ENABLE REVOLUTIONARY SELF REGENERATING
5,700 Xilinx Spartan FPGAs pulsate like human skin in 'BioWall'
at Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne
SAN JOSE, Calif., and LAUSANNE, Switzerland, September 8, 2003 - At the International
Workshop on Information Processing in Cells and Tissues (IPCAT 2003)
today, Xilinx, Inc. (NASDAQ:XLNX), announced that the Logic Systems
Laboratory (LSL) of the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (EPFL)
utilized 5,700 Xilinx Spartan FPGAs to develop the BioWall, a self-repairing
electronic tissue and interactive display. The BioWall combines
the latest in digital technology with the most instinctive of human
gestures - touch. The creation of the BioWall is a major step towards
the creation of intelligent, bio-inspired electronic tissues, capable
of evolving, self-repairing, self-replicating and learning.
The BioWall will be on display at the forthcoming ITU Telecom World
2003 exhibition in Geneva, October 12-18, 2003. For more information on
the creation and development of the BioWall, including design specifics,
Xilinx Technology behind the Scenes
BioWall was designed to demonstrate the features of Embryonics (Embryonic
Electronics) to the public, through a visual and tactile interaction. Visitors
can participate in a selection of activities designed to demonstrate the
chameleon-like qualities of the electronic tissue. Because Xilinx Spartan
FPGAs are reprogrammable, they act as self-repairing receptors, much like
those in human skin, with the ability to "heal" or change in response to
stimuli from the outside world - such as touch. Visit www.xilinx.com/publications/xcellonline/xcell_47/xc_pdf/xc_biowall47.pdf
for the full story on the role of Xilinx Spartan FPGAs in the development
of the BioWall.
Paving the way for future technology
With thousands of potential uses, the use of self-regenerating, highly
robust electronic tissue is likely to become widespread, particularly where
dependability is absolutely paramount, such as space exploration. The technology
will also pave the way for even more intelligent automated machines such
as ATMs, gas pumps, and ticket, food, and drink dispensers.
"We quickly realized that the capabilities of such a platform were not
limited to a single application. In fact, the flexible architecture enabled
by Xilinx FPGAs, provided the ideal platform to prototype many different
kinds of two-dimensional cellular systems," said Dr. Christof Teuscher,
researcher at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology. "The applications
that correspond to this description are numerous, particularly in the domain
of bio-inspired systems."
EPFL Researchers have only begun to explore the possibilities of the
BioWall as a research tool. Thus far they have developed a few such applications,
designed to exploit the versatility inherent in its programmable architecture.
The size of the BioWall display allows an immediate interaction with applications
that are normally limited to software simulation on a computer screen and
the computing power and programmability of the FPGAs allow the prototyping
of new bio-inspired systems.
About Xilinx Spartan Series FPGAs
Marking a major milestone in the semiconductor industry earlier this
year, Xilinx unveiled a new class of 90nm Spartan solutions - the Spartan-3
platform. Ranging from 50K to 5M system gates, the Spartan-3 platform is
the world’s lowest cost FPGA with unrivaled price points. The Spartan-3
platform builds upon the proven success of over four generations of Spartan
Series solutions. Since its 1998 introduction, the company has shipped
more than 50 million Spartan Series devices. Spartan Series products have
been broadly adopted in high-volume, high-growth consumer applications
– the most difficult high-volume market to penetrate and one historically
dominated by ASICs. For more information visit www.xilinx.com/esp/s3.htm.
Xilinx is the worldwide leader in complete programmable logic solutions.
For more information, visit www.xilinx.com.