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Devt kit expands capabilities of Acqiris analyzers

Posted: 20 Feb 2007 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:FDK? FPGA? Acqiris? streamer analyzers? signal analyzers?

FDK from Acqiris

Acqiris announced it is offering a complete Firmware Development Kit (FDK) that simplifies application development on the embedded FPGA of its SC240/210 streamer analyzers and AC240/210 signal analyzers.

The FPGA design kit expands the capabilities of the company's streamer analyzers and signal analyzer cards, which are targeted for real-time signal acquisition and processing applications such as radar, electronic warfare, lidar, industrial process control, radio astronomy and physic beam control.

Designed to simplify the use of the Virtex II Pro VP70 FPGA, the FDK provides VHDL controllers for all on-board addressable resources. These include the MAC100 Acqiris memory and acquisition controller for data entry, a local bus interface, the DDR SDRAM and dual port SRAM memory controllers, and the front panel I/O controls interface. In addition, a serial Front Panel Data Port (sFPDP) VHDL controller is available for the on-board optical data links on the SC240/210.

The FDK includes a base design for the development of new applications. Combined with Acqiris analyzer software, the base design can function as a capabilities demonstrator and hardware diagnostic tool. The software driver allows for register and memory access through the local bus interface using a single function.

The FDK design flow supports major EDA tools from Mentor and Xilinx. A complete test bench comes with text scripts for automated test with ModelSim.

Other features include a bit file header insertion with Acqiris' FPGALook software as well as JTAG support for Xilinx ChipScope Pro (integrated logic analyzer) and PowerPC 405 processor emulation.

The FDK is delivered as VHDL source code along with an FDK reference manual that includes all information for FPGA firmware development and FPGA software control.

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