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'First' FPGA-based development kit rolls for PXIe

Posted: 07 Aug 2006 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:PLDA? PXIe XpressLite CY2 Development Kit? CompactPCI Express?

Claiming an industry first, intellectual property (IP) controller vendor PLDApplications (PLDA) recently said it is launching the PXIe XpressLite CY2 Development Kit for CompactPCI Express next week.

PLDA describes the x1 endpoint add-in board, based on Altera Corp.'s Cyclone II FPGA, as a complete production-ready or system prototyping solution.

PXI Express, introduced by the PXI Systems Alliance nearly a year ago, is based on the PCI Express protocol used in desktop PCs. At 6Gbytes, the bandwidth from the host controller to the backplane of PXI Express is about 45 times greater than in the PXI standard, which was limited to 132Mbytes of total bandwidth. PXI Express moves to 100MHz differential signaling, rather than the 10MHz single-ended signals of the PXI standard.

"PLDA is a strong leader in the high-speed bus market, producing innovative IP controllers and prototyping boards for more than 10 years," said Richard McDonell, group manager of PXI marketing at National Instruments. "Their PCI Express expertise and existing product line of CompactPCI products will streamline the efforts of engineers developing PXI Express modules using the new PXIe XpressLite CY2 Development Kit."

The PXIe XpressLite CY2 Development Kit includes a free PCI-SIG compliant PCIe IP controller, a free testbench and features the Philips PX1012A-EL1 PHY, PLDA said. Additional deliverables include a software development kit, a comprehensive simulation environment, complete technical documentation and technical support provided directly by the design team, according to the company.

The PXIe XpressLite CY2 for CompactPCI Express applications is already shipping, according to PLDA. Pricing information was not provided.

- Dylan McGrath
EE Times

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