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Programmable tool handles image, signal processing

Posted: 27 Jun 2008 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:programmable development platform? prototyping?

The folks at Agility Design Solutions, who specialize in embedded system solutions enabling rapid implementation of complex image and signal processing algorithms, have announced the availability of their new RC240 programmable development and prototyping platform.

The RC240 is said to be suited for the design and optimization of high-performance, high-throughput algorithms using an FPGA and an ARM 922T core in digital entertainment, communications, in-car infotainment, robotics, and machine vision applications.

The RC240 was designed to provide developers with a flexible prototyping platform that supports a wide range of popular peripherals and interfaces allowing developers to focus on their unique algorithm implementation instead of the laborious development of the peripheral and interface connections. This typically allows developers to complete projects as much as 75 percent faster.

The RC240 includes a 4M gate Xilinx Virtex-4 LX40 FPGA, direct access to 12Mbytes of pipelined SRAM, 128Mbytes of SDRAM for FPGA use, and 128Mbytes of SDRAM for ARM CPU use. The RC240 is supported by both the Agility PixelStreams Video IP library and Agility's C to FPGA design environment, DK Design Suite, to deliver a complete solution for rapid development and prototyping of image and signal processing algorithms. The RC240 peripherals and interfaces include:

Video: Camera-link interface, optional CMOS camera, VGA/DVI output, optional 8.1-inch 1,024 x 768 LCD touch screen

Audio AC97 compatible: On-board microphone and stereo speakers, line-level input (stereo), line/headphones output (stereo)

Communications: USB 2.0: 1x to FPGA, 1x to ARM, 2x from ARM; GbE, RS232

Extras:3-axis accelerometer, dual channel 65Msps ADC inputs, Dual channel 125Msps DAC outputs, CAN bus, 4 servo control outputs, ATA compatible expansion port, SDIO card socket

The RC240 is available now as a standalone product or as part of a complete design kit bundle including Agility's DK Design Suite. Standalone board pricing starts at $5,000.

- Clive Maxfield
Programmable Logic DesignLine

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