New Product: The Arty S7

A few months ago, Xilinx announced their newest cost-optimized product line, the Spartan 7! Additionally they provided a sneak peek at our newest FPGA board, the Arty S7. For those of you who have been eagerly anticipating the release, we are delighted to announce that the wait is over, as today we are officially launching the Arty S7!

Spartan 6 was a longstanding favorite FPGA choice for many of our customers due to its cost-effectiveness and simple layout considerations. However it was only supported in ISE, a tool that was no longer being actively developed by Xilinx.  This shift left Spartan users in a strange place- either migrate to larger, more capable products (such as the Artix 7), or keep developing in an aging tool chain.

The Spartan 7 family solves that dilemma, and adds a focus on power consumption. So if you are a maker or hobbyist that is focused on keeping costs low in regards to both on component and manufacturing, we think you may really enjoy the Arty S7 as a solution.

Walk around the Arty S7

We will be releasing two FPGA variants for the Arty S7. Today the, the Arty S7-50 is available, but later in the year we will release the Arty S7-25.

Variant Arty S7-25 * later 2017 Arty S7-50 **Now
FPGA part XC7S25-CSGA324 XC7S50-CSGA324
1 MSPS On-chip ADC Yes Yes
Logic Cells 23,360 52,160
Slices 3,650 8,150
Flip-flops 29,200 65,200
Block RAM (Kbits) 1,620 2,700
Clock Management Tiles 3 5
DSP Slices 80 120
Internal Clock Speed 450MHz +
On board ADC Yes (XADC)
Programmable over JTAG/QSPI Yes

The Arty S7 is available to purchase at Avnet or on the Digilent.com website, so head on over and check it out!

If you are looking for some project inspiration, check out our Applied Arty Project Post where we profile what community members have been creating with Arty so far. Also check out our reference center for documentation and sample projects, including the Arty S7 General I/O Demo  and the Arty S7 XADC Demo!

And as always, make sure to let us know what you are making with this new hardware either in the comments below or on social media!

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About Larissa Swanland

I'm a bit of an electronics-education evangelist. After all, Education is how we learn about the world. Electronics make the world better. Engineers change the world. So more engineers that know how to design and create electronics? That's the kind of world I want to help create.

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