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FPGA-based XMC card targets signal, image processing apps

Posted: 05 Nov 2007 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:FPGA based? Mistral XMC card? signal image processing?

The XMC-442, the first Xilinx Virtex-5 FPGA-based XMC module (VITA 42) compute engine from Curtiss Wright is now available according to Mistral Solutions. The XMC-442 is designed for demanding, high-performance signal and image processing applications including radar, sonar, and signal intelligence. It features the Virtex-5 SXT, the largest, highest-performance DSP-focused FPGA currently available from Xilinx.

The XMC-442 provides systems integrators with a powerful FPGA-based computing engine for I/O or sensor processing or algorithm acceleration. Combining the Virtex-5 SXT with a rich array of memory and I/O, the XMC-442 is applicable to wide range of applications in both benign and rugged environments. It is designed to significantly speed the integration of high-performance FPGA-based custom calculation blocks onto embedded platforms that feature on-board XMC sites and enable system designers to get custom FPGA-based applications out to market faster.

Curtiss-Wright's Continuum FXtools developer's kit provides the XMC-442 with a comprehensive software and IP development suite. This FPGA toolkit provides the software and IP blocks necessary to quickly develop a custom FPGA design and to deploy it on a range of Curtiss-Wright Continuum Software Architecture-compatible base cards. The Continuum FXtools software includes FPGA-specific function libraries for FPGA configuration, DMA control, and other XMC-442-specific utility functions (including temperature and power sensors, command bus mappings, and diagnostics, etc.). In addition, Curtiss-Wright's Continuum IPC communications middleware package has been extended to directly support transfers between the XMC-442's FPGA and other FPGAs or processor nodes within the system.

The XMC-442 is designed to operate in rugged environments and is available in both air- and conduction-cooled formats. Innovative cooling techniques are employed to handle high performance FPGA implementations. This XMC daughter-card is optimized for deployment on a Curtiss-Wright CHAMP-FX2 FPGA VPX engine, but may also be used on a CHAMP-AV6, SVME-184, or VPX6-185 single-board computers.

- Clive Maxfield
Programmable Logic DesignLine

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