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FPGA board suits real-time streaming applications

Posted: 12 Sep 2007 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:FPGA-based processing board? Gigabit Ethernet? SoFPGA?

Embedded Systems Design Inc. (ESD) has released the StreamBlade MiniFX. This 3.5-inch x 3-inch FPGA-based processing board is designed to process real-time streaming data.

The board is the result of ESD's consulting work with a product developer specializing in direction finding and geo-location products and systems for commercial and government customers. The MiniFX is well suited for streaming applications such as telecommunications protocol processing, software-defined radio (SDR) and real-time streaming data, including video and voice processing, generation, recording and playback.

The MiniFX was conceived to solve a specific challenge in a customer's system, in this case implementing one quarter of the StreamBlade SOE-4 board's functions and interface with a customer's dual ADC board.

The MiniFX receives streaming data IF samples from two ADCs, performs SDR functions, computes steering vectors (used for direction finding) and provides results via GbE. Using Ethernet to implement a distributed computer backplane, configuration and control, the MiniFX allows developers to take full advantage of its configured Xilinx Virtex-4 FPGA available with a FX20, FX40 or FX60. The device supports a 10/100/1000 Ethernet port, two serial ports, plus an assortment of LVDS connectors which enable direct user-configurable access to the FPGA. With 128Mbytes of DDR2 SDRAM, developers can use the MiniFX as a dual PPC405 processing board, a pure FPGA processing board, or for combined HW/SW boundary processing.

The boards are delivered with the MiniFX Development Kit, which is compliant with Xilinx EDK 8.2i and includes sample applications to help customers begin using the product immediately. System-on-FPGA (SoFPGA) reference designs are provided including cores for DDR2 SDRAM control. The development kit also includes utilities for loading FPGA bit streams and PPC405 elf files into MiniFX flash memory.

The MiniFX processing boards, part number SB-MiniFX, are available eight weeks ARO. Boards cost $2,500 in single quantities, configured with FX60 FPGAs.

- I>eeProductCenter

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