Xilinx has integrated multi-giga-sample RF data converters into its 16nm MPSoCs devices for the industry’s first All Programmable RFSoC. This eliminates the need for discrete ADCs and DACs and enables next-generation radio and RF communication systems to scale for power, footprint, and channel density requirements.
|Programmable System Integration||
|Increased System Performance||
|Total Power Reduction||
|Accelerated Design Productivity||
The data converters are part of a fully programmable analog and digital subsystem, featuring
The integrated subsystem gives manufacturers system-wide flexibility while meeting aggressive power and footprint constraints in a breadth of applications, including:
Direct RF sampling moves the A/D and D/A conversion process closer to the antenna such that the converter directly samples the RF signal as shown below. With this technology, Moore’s Law can be applied to frequency selection and down conversion, traditionally implemented using analog signal processing techniques. By allowing analog/RF signal processing to be moved in to the digital domain, a more flexible and programmable solution can be delivered. Advantages include:
Xilinx offers a comprehensive tool flow for radio design and verification, encompassing logic design, embedded SW development, and simulation. The tool flow ranges from IP and software drivers for RF sampling, to design-entry solutions using C/C++, MATLAB, or Simulink. The comprehensive development flow increases accessibility at the hardware, software, and system level.