Xilinx Adapt 2021 Virtual Technology Conference

Developer Release

Xilinx Showcases New Solutions and Technologies for Software and Hardware Developers as Xilinx Adapt 2021 Kicks Off

Week one unveils software developer kit for intelligent video analytics applications, an expanded video and imaging IP portfolio and developer design contest

SAN JOSE, Calif. (Xilinx Adapt), Sept. 7, 2021 – Xilinx, Inc. (NASDAQ: XLNX), the leader in adaptive computing, today unveiled powerful new solutions and IP for its rapidly growing software, AI, and hardware developer communities at the first week of Xilinx Adapt 2021, the company’s virtual technology conference. Week one is focused on software and hardware developers, with news highlights including a complete software stack for intelligent video analytics applications and an expanded video and imaging IP portfolio for its UltraScale+ and Versal devices.

The company also announced that Hackster.io will again be conducting its Adaptive Computing Challenge design contest with Xilinx. As part of the expanded contest, now in its second year, Hackster.io will award $70,000 USD in total prize money to 15 winners as well as over 350 boards in prizes. The Adaptive Computing Challenge 2021 also adds new categories recognizing innovations by university students and women-in-technology teams. Contest registration opens this week at Adapt.

Taking place September 7-16, Adapt 2021 will feature executive keynotes with appearances from partners and customers, along with a series of more than 100 presentations, forums, product trainings and labs designed to help users unlock the value of adaptive computing. The free, six-day event kicks off this week with three days of content targeting software and hardware developers. The final three days next week will focus on the company’s broad end-market segments, with dedicated sessions covering aerospace and defense, automotive, data center, industrial, medical, and wired and wireless businesses.

“The first week of Xilinx Adapt is designed to educate new, as well as advanced developers on the latest development environments and resources available to more easily build applications on Xilinx® platforms,” said Ramine Roane, vice president of marketing, AI and Software, Xilinx. “We are committed to helping the developer community accelerate applications on adaptive hardware, to propel the industry forward and have a positive impact on people’s lives. We are making programming of adaptive platforms more accessible to all developers, by interfacing to popular domain-specific and more generic open-source development frameworks.”

Adapt 2021 news highlights for week one targeting the developer communities includes the following:

Intelligent Video Analytics Applications

New Vitis Video Analytics SDK, a video analytics software development kit providing a complete software stack for intelligent video analytics applications on Xilinx platforms, deployed edge-to-cloud. The end-to-end video analytics solution enables video decoding, pre-processing, AI inference, tracking and post-processing for whole application acceleration. It supports widely used AI models such as YOLO, SSD, ResNet, Inception, RefindDet, ReID, FPN and OpenPose for real-time objection detection, classification and segmentation.

Vitis Video Analytics SDK provides the foundational layer for video analytic applications such as understanding vehicle and pedestrian traffic patterns in smart cities, health and safety monitoring in hospitals, self-checkout and analytics in retail, and detecting component defects at manufacturing facilities.

In addition, it provides a complete framework for developers to create their own innovations with generic infrastructure plugins, software acceleration libraries, and an interface to develop a custom acceleration library to control a custom hardware accelerator. Vitis Video SDK builds on top of and abstracts the complex interfaces of Xilinx® Run Time (XRT) and Vitis AI tools, making it easy for developers to build video analytics and transcoding pipelines without having to learn the complexities of XRT and Vitis AI tools.

Expanded Video and Imaging IP Portfolio

Xilinx technology is at the heart of many video and vision applications in the form of smart cameras, next-generation industrial vision, automotive driver assistance and autonomous driving, smart retail and security, broadcast, Pro AV and consumer products like TV and gaming. To meet the evolving requirements and demands of these applications, Xilinx has significantly expanded its video and imaging IP portfolio for UltraScale+ and Versal devices.

Xilinx is enabling higher-quality 8K video capture and 8K display with the industry’s first HDMI 2.1 and DisplayPort (DP) 1.4 with UltraScale+ and Versal products. Combining HDMI 2.1 or DP 1.4 with its 8K scaler and mixer IPs allows customers to build a complete, end-to-end 8K video pipeline. To provide gamers with immersive gaming experiences, Xilinx video and imaging portfolio now includes High Dynamic Range (HDR), High Frame Rates and Variable Refresh Rate formats and adaptive sync across the UltraScale+ and Versal product families. 

Other advanced new capabilities in the video IP portfolio include 4k60 Warp with horizontal and vertical keystone correction, lens distortion correction, rotation and arbitrary warp for video walls, advanced conferencing cameras, projectors and applications in automotive.

Xilinx is also announcing the availability of comprehensive and improved Vitis Vision libraries used by developers across automotive, industrial machine vision and smart camera applications, which includes Image Signal Processing (ISP) with HDR and pre- and post-processing functions for machine learning (ML) neural networks with the OpenCV API.

Finally, the upcoming Vivado® release 2021.2 will support 4:4:4 YUV color space within the Xilinx® Zynq® UltraScale+ EV family. Combined with Xilinx’s HDMI, DP, video processing and video mixer IPs, and the migration of broadcast and Pro AV to a standards-based approach to transporting AV over IP networks, 4:4:4 color space gives customers the full fidelity of streamed video. Vivado 2021.2 is expected to be released by end of year.

Adaptive Computing Challenge 2021

Hackster.io is again challenging developers to combine the power of Xilinx adaptive computing platforms with the Vitis unified software platform, Vitis AI development environment or Vivado ML Edition to solve real-world problems. Contestants in the 2021 Adaptive Computing Challenge will compete in three categories: edge computing, data center AI and big data analytics, which includes early access to a new big data analytics developer board for big data and associated applications. Top prize in each category is $10,000 USD.

In addition, the Xilinx University Program is sponsoring Adaptive Computing Challenge submissions from college students for projects in each of the three categories for an additional $2,500 USD prize. The contest is designed to encourage innovation in adaptive compute acceleration at colleges and universities.

Finally, encouraging and celebrating the talents of women is a key initiative for Xilinx. To further support diversity in the technology space, Xilinx is sponsoring a new Women in Technology award with a cash prize of $2,500 USD. Teams composed of at least 50 percent women are eligible to submit their project for this additional award, alongside their edge computing, data center AI and big data analytics submissions.

To participate in the Adaptive Computing Challenge 2021, visit https://www.hackster.io/contests/xilinxadaptivecomputing2021

About The Xilinx Developer Community
The Xilinx developer community has grown dramatically over the past two years. Since its unveiling in 2019, the Xilinx Vitis unified software platform has been downloaded more than 150,000 times, with another 100,000 downloads of the Vitis AI development environment for accelerating AI inference. In addition, over 25,000 developers have been trained on Xilinx software tools, and more than 1,000 ISV partners have published over 200 applications across all Xilinx powered adaptive platforms including cloud, Alveo and SmartSSD.

Additional Resources
Xilinx Adapt Media Kit
Xilinx Adapt Markets Week Release
Register for Xilinx Adapt
Follow Xilinx on Twitter, LinkedIn, and Facebook

About Xilinx
Xilinx, Inc. develops highly flexible and adaptive processing platforms that enable rapid innovation across a variety of technologies - from the cloud, to the edge, to the endpoint. Xilinx is the inventor of the FPGA and adaptive SoCs (including our adaptive compute acceleration platform, or ACAP), designed to deliver the most dynamic computing technology in the industry. We collaborate with our customers to create scalable, differentiated, and intelligent solutions that enable the adaptable, intelligent, and connected world of the future. For more information, visit xilinx.com.

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Markets Release

Xilinx Data Center, 5G and Core Vertical Markets in the Spotlight at Xilinx Adapt 2021 Virtual Technology Conference

Week two to showcase latest products, solutions and industry collaborations across the company’s diverse portfolio and end market segments

SAN JOSE, Calif. (Xilinx Adapt), Sept. 7, 2021 – Xilinx, Inc. (NASDAQ: XLNX), the leader in adaptive computing, today is making a number of announcements in conjunction with Xilinx Adapt 2021, the company’s virtual technology conference taking place September 7-16. News highlights include the latest Versal™ space and defense-grade devices, a new Microsoft database analytics service powered by Alveo™ accelerator cards, a software development kit (SDK) for live video transcoding, the Kria™ robotics stack, a new Vitis™ library for medical ultrasound, and the new Zynq® RFSoC DFE shipping in production volume to radio customers worldwide

Adapt 2021 will feature executive keynotes with appearances from partners and customers, along with a series of more than 100 presentations, forums, product trainings, and labs designed to help users unlock the value of adaptive computing. The free, six-day event kicks off this week with three days of content targeting software and hardware developers. The final three days next week will focus on the company’s broad end market segments, with dedicated sessions covering aerospace and defense, automotive, data center, industrial, healthcare, and wired and wireless businesses.

“From the data center and 5G to robotics and space-grade devices, we’re looking forward to kicking off Xilinx Adapt 2021 to educate customers and developers on our newest products and tools across our diversified end markets. We’re excited to share how adaptive computing is helping customers realize great innovations and bring them to market faster than ever,” said Victor Peng, Xilinx president and CEO.

Adapt 2021 news highlights for next week’s end-market segments-focused conference includes the following:

Aerospace and Defense

Xilinx is launching two new versions of its Versal ACAP products with the addition of the space-grade XQR Versal portfolio and the defense-grade XQ ruggedized Versal portfolio. 

Space-Grade Versal ACAP

The XQR Versal space-grade portfolio includes the new Versal AI Core and Versal AI Edge series devices, offering ruggedized, organic ball grid array packaging with extended qualification and burn-in supporting Mil-Std-883 Class B-grade flow and full radiation tolerance. These XQR devices are targeted for on-board data processing and machine learning (ML) inference in satellite and space 2.0 applications, an important accelerated advancement building upon the successful adoption of XQRKU060 launch in 2020.

The XQR Versal ACAP is a highly capable and adaptable device with support for full reconfiguration while in orbit. The space-grade XQR Versal AI Core device is targeted for availability in late Q2 2022. 

Defense-Grade Versal ACAP

The XQ ruggedized devices are heterogeneous multicore compute platforms equipped with adaptable industry-leading AI/ML capabilities to withstand the evolving algorithms and demands of harsh environmental requirements for aerospace and defense applications. Building on Xilinx’s 30 years of heritage and continuous development in the industry, the latest portfolio includes the XQ AI Core, XQ AI Edge, XQ Prime and XQ Premium families. The devices in the portfolio feature ruggedized packaging qualified to Mil-Std-883 Group D standards, tin-lead (Sn/Pb) content with full mitigation of tin-whiskering, and optional M-temp (-55°C to +125°C) support. The XQ ruggedized Versal portfolio is targeted for initial device availability in Q1 2022.

Automotive

Xilinx® FPGAs and adaptive SoCs bring tremendous value to LiDAR sensor architectures because of the capability to support advanced signal processing, point cloud pre-processing, and point cloud ML acceleration. Xilinx is the leading silicon supplier in the LiDAR market.

New Automotive LiDAR Research from Xilinx and Strategy Analytics 

According to a new Xilinx-sponsored report from Strategy Analytics, about $1 billion has been invested in up to 100 different companies developing high-resolution LiDAR sensors, and automotive market adoption is accelerating. Xilinx FPGAs and adaptive SoCs are being deployed in these systems because they provide extreme flexibility and adaptability, deliver high performance at low latency, and help meet fast time-to-market timeframes. Mark Fitzgerald, director for Strategy Analytics’ Autonomous Vehicle Service, will join Xilinx at Adapt for a fireside chat to discuss the report findings and provide a market forecast on September 15 at 11 a.m. PT. Jim Kane, vice president of Automotive Engineering, at Baraja will also join Xilinx and Strategy Analytics for this conversation. A copy of the “Automotive LiDAR: Rounding Out the ADAS and Autonomous Driving Sensor Suite” report can be found in the Adapt 2021 media kit

Data Center

Xilinx data center platforms and plug-in board solutions continue to drive strong demand across hyperscale cloud customers and the fintech market. 

Azure Synapse Spark Acceleration

Microsoft has announced that Azure is now utilizing their NP-VM FPGA-as-a-Service infrastructure, powered by Xilinx® Alveo™ accelerators, to dramatically improve the performance of Apache Spark on the Azure Synapse analytics platform. Alveo acceleration delivers up to a 40x improvement in data parsing CSV and JSON file formats, from 15MB/second with a CPU core to 7.7GB/second with Alveo. This eliminates a common bottleneck in Spark performance, and with 90 percent of Synapse Spark workloads consisting of CSV/JSON/Parquet files, Azure is delivering massively enhanced performance to their growing Synapse customer base.

Live Video Transcoding SDK

Xilinx has released the Xilinx Video Transcoding SDK, making it easier and faster than ever before for streamers to build new or migrate existing services to take advantage of Xilinx acceleration. The Video Transcoding SDK is a complete solution, from runtime drivers to server resource management, and provides support for FFmpeg and C/C++ API, ensuring that customers can start developing streaming solutions instantly. Paired with the Xilinx Alveo U30 media accelerator card, it delivers industry leading video transcoding performance with dramatically improved channel density, lower power and total cost of ownership compared to alternative products.

Industrial and Healthcare

Xilinx addresses the growing needs of scalable healthcare and industrial IoT platforms with heterogenous processing, I/O flexibility, hardware-based deterministic control, and comprehensive solutions. 

Kria Robotics Stack

Xilinx is expanding the scope of Kria System-on-Modules beyond vision AI and is now equipping roboticists with an easy-to-use, adaptive and hardware-accelerated set of functions and tools called the Kria robotics stack (KRS). Built around the Robot Operating System (ROS), a framework for robot application development, KRS is comprised of an integrated set of utilities helping speed up ROS 2 and Gazebo, empowering faster, secure, and more complete robot behavior. KRS ships with an expanding set of reference designs and over time, robotic-focused accelerated applications built with KRS will be made available via the Xilinx App Store. KRS helps leverage hardware acceleration into Xilinx devices with high-performance and low latency, in a similar fashion to how Vitis AI helps AI developers implement machine learning inference models into Xilinx devices.

Vitis Libraries for Medical Ultrasound 

For the first time, Xilinx has expanded its Vitis unified software platform to include libraries for ultra-fast imaging optimized and targeted for the innovative Versal AI engines. These libraries target medical ultrasound applications, producing breakthrough performance resulting in greater than 1,000 frames-per-second in a 64-channel ultrasound machine with 200 lines of resolution using just a single Versal device.

Wired and Wireless Communications

From edge to cloud, Xilinx FPGAs and adaptive SoCs continue to be at the heart of wired and wireless networking equipment driving global 5G deployments.

Xilinx Shipping Zynq RFSoC DFE in Volume

Xilinx has begun shipping its new Zynq RFSoC DFE in volume to multiple radio customers worldwide including a top wireless system vendor. Zynq RFSoC DFE is a new class of radio platforms that integrates hardened digital front-end (DFE) application-specific blocks for 5G NR performance and power savings while also offering integrated programmable adaptive logic to enable a futureproof solution for evolving 5G 3GPP standards and O-RAN radio architectures. Zynq RFSoC DFE is gaining momentum in the market because it optimizes power efficiency, performance and cost while still delivering the flexibility and time-to-market benefits of a programmable and adaptive SoC. 

Additional Resources
Xilinx Adapt Media Kit
Xilinx Adapt Developer Week Release
Register for Xilinx Adapt
Follow Xilinx on Twitter, LinkedIn, and Facebook

About Xilinx
Xilinx, Inc. develops highly flexible and adaptive processing platforms that enable rapid innovation across a variety of technologies - from the cloud, to the edge, to the endpoint. Xilinx is the inventor of the FPGA and adaptive SoCs (including our adaptive compute acceleration platform, or ACAP), designed to deliver the most dynamic computing technology in the industry. We collaborate with our customers to create scalable, differentiated, and intelligent solutions that enable the adaptable, intelligent, and connected world of the future. For more information, visit xilinx.com. 

Source: Xilinx Newsroom
Category: Product Announcements

© Copyright 2021 Xilinx, Inc. Xilinx, the Xilinx logo, Versal, Kria, Vitis, Zynq and other designated brands included herein are trademarks of Xilinx in the United States and other countries.

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