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PMC expansion card accelerates signal processing algorithms

Posted: 27 Apr 2006 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:FM480? PCI mezzanine card? 4DSP? Ismini Scouras?

4DSP Inc. has released the FM480, a PCI mezzanine card (PMC) based on Virtex-4 FPGA technology from Xilinx Inc.

There have been several field trials for the FM480. The first application developed was a two-dimensional fast Fourier transform (FFT) based on the IEEE-754-compliant floating point FFT core from 4DSP.

"It was thrilling to see that the FM480, employing a mid-size Virtex-4 FPGA could compute an FFT three times faster than a dual Intel Xeon processor blade while consuming a third of the power" said Pierrick Vulliez, 4DSP's CTO, in a statement. "So far, FPGAs have mainly been employed in the world of fixed point arithmetic but with the right board architecture and off-the-shelf IP cores, FPGA-based products like the FM480 become more than viable alternatives to bulky processor blades. It takes the world of computing one step higher."

Optionally conduction cooled, the FM480 PMC expansion card comes with large SRAM and DRAM resources and ultra-fast DMA engines, making it suitable as a co-processor unit for demanding signal processing algorithms. The FM480 features several front panel I/O modules such as camera link, front panel data port and ADCs.

The FM480 has already been shipped to several customers and current developments include a real time JPEG2000 compression implementation in the Virtex-4 device.

Pricing information is not yet available.

- Ismini Scouras

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