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Virtex-4-based devt platform speeds embedded system designs

Posted: 26 Jan 2007 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:Virtex-4? DDR memory? processors? Xilinx? FPGA?

Xilinx has announced immediate availability of the Pb-free, RoHS-compliant ML410 development platform. Based on the Virtex-4 FX60 FPGA, the ML410 provides designers with a high-performance logic fabric, two embedded PowerPC 405 processors and a considerable quantity of high-speed serial I/O with integrated transceivers.

When paired with the Xilinx Embedded Development Kit (EDK) and IP peripherals, the ML410 platform promises a comprehensive embedded development system that enables quick prototyping and verification of embedded system designs.

ATX form factor
Offered as an ATX form-factor motherboard, the development platform includes a 256Mbyte DDR-II DIMM memory, a 64Mbyte DDR component memory, PCIe and PCI 32/33 expansion connectors, two 10/100/1000 Ethernet PHY and interface ports for USB, serial ATA, PS/2 keyboard/mouse and RS-232.

With individual DDR-II and DDR memories on board, the ML410 provides a development platform for prototyping and verifying high-throughput, data-intensive applications. An embedded system designer can create high-performance platforms as required by many communications, medical imaging and streaming video applications by building systems using either the Xilinx XPS EDK-based memory controllers or the configurable Multi-Ported Memory Controller (MPMC2). The MPMC2, available as a free downloadable reference design, has integrated DMA, allows point-to-point connections, and can be integrated with EDK IP cores.

PowerPC 405 cores
Leveraging both integrated PowerPC 405 cores in the Virtex-4 FX60 FPGA, the ML410 is architected to allow two independent processing systems on a single platform. This capability is exemplified by an FPGA design created with dual independent processor sub-systems, each running the VxWorks and using independent Ethernet channels that operate at 10/100 or 1000Mbps. Expansion connectors provide further customization. Using the connectors to interface a custom designed daughter card, an additional eight transceivers and multiple LVDS pairs can be accessed.

The ML410 development platform includes a comprehensive library of documentation, reference designs, tutorials, source code and board schematics. It is available for immediate delivery at $2,995. A 19-inch 1U Rack-Mount Chassis is available for an additional $449.




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