Avnet, MathWorks, TI, Xilinx partner on design workshops

avnetcoprocessingdesignkitPhoenix, Ariz. — Avnet Electronics Marketing Americas, a business region of Avnet, Inc., along with MathWorks, Texas Instruments (TI) and Xilinx is offering a new series of SpeedWay Design Workshops focusing on designing co-processing solutions with TI’s DSP + ARM OMAP-L138 processors, Xilinx Spartan-6 FPGAs and MathWorks Simulink Model-Based design tools.

These design workshops will start in February 2011, and will take place in locations throughout North America. Each workshop costs $695 per attendee and covers the full three days of lectures, labs and meals. Registration is open now at

“The growing demand for high performance processing and flexible interfaces is driving an increased interest in new FPGA-based co-processing architectures,” said Jim Beneke, vice president of global technical marketing at Avnet Electronics Marketing, in a statement. “Engineers will leave this advanced workshop with new ways to optimize system performance and address the significant system-level challenges that are presented when incorporating FPGA-based solutions with DSPs.”

All about the kit

Xilinx, Texas Instruments and Avnet Electronics Marketing have developed a new co-processing platform that enables software designers who use TI’s DSP + ARM OMAP-L138 to reduce or eliminate application bottlenecks using the Spartan-6 FPGA to achieve system boosts of up to 15x.

The Spartan-6 FPGA/OMAP-L138 Co-Processing DSP Kit integrates DSP + ARM OMAP-L138 processing with the Spartan-6 LX45T device. The ARM9-plus-DSP architectures used in TI’s OMAP-L138 offer a variety of peripherals for networking and run a variety of operating systems including TI’s DSP/BIOS, Linux and WinCE. The TI DSP core targets intensive signal processing algorithms. The Spartan-6 FPGA is well-suited for off-loading or co-processing ultra-high-performance digital signal processing or providing flexible peripheral expansion options.

The kit includes an AXI4 co-processing reference design. Designers can get started by using familiar design environments including Code Composer Studio from Texas Instruments, as well as an embedded Linux development environment, or the Xilinx ISE Design Suite System Edition

Engineers from Avnet and MathWorks will present during the three-day, hands-on workshops with topics covering design and development flow for ARM, DSP and FPGA, with labs focusing on video and image processing. Course materials and lab work will be based on the newly released Avnet Spartan-6 FPGA/OMAP-L138 Co-Processing DSP Kit.

Attendees will receive a $400 discount coupon for the Avnet Spartan-6 FPGA/OMAP-L138 Co-Processing DSP Kit, as well as a 50 percent discount for TI’s TMDXOSKL138BET evaluation module ($849 value).