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Explore Different Software Platforms to Meet Your Design Needs.

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True Software Programmability

Access Xilinx adaptive computing technology within familiar developer workflows and environments with no RTL knowledge 

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Rich Set of Libraries

Chose from many open-source, performance-optimized libraries that offer out-of-the-box acceleration with minimal to zero-code changes to your existing applications

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Unified Design Methodology 

Experience single design methodology and programming model for deploying accelerated applications on all Xilinx platforms including Alveo™  accelerator cards, embedded platforms or FPGA instances in the cloud

Software Tools Portfolio

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Vitis Software Platform

A comprehensive development environment that enables all developers to leverage the power of Xilinx adaptive platforms for edge to cloud deployments while continuing to work at an application level and develop in familiar programming languages like C and C++.

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Languages: C, C++, Python
Standalone Software: 
Yes
Hardware Required: Yes
Required Downloads: 
Vitis Accelerated Libraries and XRT
Additional Compatible Software: Vitis Video Analytics SDK and Vitis AI

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Vitis Video Analytics SDK

Complete software stack to build AI-powered intelligent video analytics solutions on Xilinx platforms that builds on top of Xilinx Run Time (XRT), Vitis, and Vitis AI and abstracts these complex interfaces, making it easier for developers to build video analytics applications.

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Frameworks: GStreamer
Standalone Software:
 Yes
Required Download: Vitis Video Analytics SDK
Hardware Required: Yes
Additional Compatible Software: Vitis Unified Software Platform and Vitis AI

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Vitis AI

Specialized development platform for machine learning, designed to offer world-leading AI inference performance on Xilinx platforms. It achieves up to 10x performance increase versus CPU/GPU solutions and supports mainstream frameworks like Tensorflow, Pytorch, and Caffe. 

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Developer Types: AI Developers
Frameworks: 
PyTorch, Caffe, Tensorflow
Standalone Software:
Yes
Hardware Required: Yes
Required Download: Vitis AI
Additional Compatible Software: Vitis Video Analytics SDK and Vitis Unified Software Platform

Embedded Tools

Embedded Software 

Xilinx embedded tools provide all the components needed to create an embedded system using Xilinx Zynq® SoC and Zynq® UltraScale+™ MPSoC devices, MicroBlaze™ processor cores, and Arm® Cortex® M1/M3 microcontrollers including open-source operating systems and bare metal drivers, multiple runtimes and Multi-OS environments, sophisticated Integrated Development Environments, and compilers, debuggers, and profiling tools.

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Languages: C, C++, Python
Standalone Software: 
No
Hardware Required: Yes
Required Downloads: 
XRT and Vitis Core Development Kit 
Additional Compatible Software: Vitis Video Analytics SDK and Vitis AI

Legacy Tools

Legacy Tools

The SDAccel and SDSoC environments offer GPU-like and familiar embedded application development and runtime experiences for C, C++ and/or OpenCL development, while the SDNet environment enables networking engineers to create high-performance, programmable data plane designs. 

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Languages: C, C++, OpenCL
Standalone Software: 
Yes
Hardware Required: Yes

Vitis Unified Software Platform

No Hardware Knowledge Needed

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Unified design methodology for all Xilinx platforms

  • Single design methodology and programming model for deploying accelerated applications on all Xilinx platforms
  • Develop and deploy your accelerated applications on different hardware platforms with a simple makefile change.
  • Including Alveo accelerator cards, embedded platforms, or FPGA instances in the cloud

Familiar software development experience

  • Leverage integration or develop accelerated applications with high-level frameworks and languages including Tensorflow and Caffe, C, C++ or Python

Vitis Video Analytics SDK

Build and Deploy AI-Based Intelligent Video Analytics Applications

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Turning Vision into Insight

Vitis Video Analytics SDK consists of several hardware accelerator plug-ins that use various accelerators such as Video Encoder, Decoder, Multiscaler (for resize and color space conversion), Deep Learning Processing Unit (DPU) for AI inference etc. By performing all the compute-heavy operations in dedicated accelerators, it can achieve the highest performance for video analytics applications.

Highly optimized GStreamer plug-in

Vitis Video provides a framework in the form of generic Infrastructure plugins, software acceleration libraries, and a simplified interface for users to develop their own acceleration library to control a custom hardware accelerator. With this framework, users can easily integrate their custom accelerators/kernels into the Vitis Video Analytics SDK.

Vitis AI

Implement Efficient AI Inference Applications from Familiar Tools and Frameworks

AI Inference Applications

Powerful, Adaptable,and Easy-to-Use 

  • Supports mainstream frameworks and neural networks capable of diverse applications
  • Provides powerful AI Quantizer, Optimizer and Compiler to realize significant processing efficiency optimization
  •  High-level C++/Python AI library APIs for fast AI implementation from edge, through on-premise, to cloud
  • Highly adaptable DPU overlays to meet the demands of lower latency, higher throughput, or better scalability

Embedded Software

Move from Concept to Release

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Embedded tools and runtime environments designed to enable you to efficiently and quickly move from concept to release

Xilinx and its ecosystem partners deliver embedded tools and runtime environments designed to enable you to efficiently and quickly move from concept to release. We provide you with all the components needed to create your embedded system using Xilinx® Zynq® SoC and Zynq® UltraScale+™ MPSoC devices, MicroBlaze™ processor cores, and Arm® Cortex® M1/M3 micro controllers including open source operating systems and bare metal drivers, multiple runtimes and Multi-OS environments, sophisticated Integrated Development Environments, and compilers, debuggers, and profiling tools.

Legacy Tools

Develop with Xilinx Legacy Tools

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Discontinued legacy tools

Starting in 2019.2, Xilinx SDK, SDSoC™ and SDAccel™ development environments were unified into an all-in-one Vitis™ unified software platform for application acceleration and embedded software development.

If you need the legacy tools that are discontinued, please access here

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