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XMC/PMC module carries fiber-optic transceivers

Posted: 14 Oct 2008 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:PMC XMC module? fiber optic transceiver? FPGA?

VMETRO has developed a new generation user programmable FPGA XMC/PMC module with fiber-optic transceivers.

The XMC-FPGA05F, a follow on to the PMC-FPGA03F, incorporates the Xilinx Virtex-5 FPGA with four front-panel fiber-optic transceivers in air- or conduction-cooled versions. The popularity of high-speed serial interconnects in embedded real-time DSP systems and the effectiveness of FPGAs to interface to sensor I/O makes the XMC-FPGA05F well-suited for demanding real-time applications such as remote sensor interfaces, data recorders, and embedded real-time distributed computing.

The XMC-FPGA05F features a Xilinx Virtex-5 FPGA, high-speed fiber-optic transceivers, DDR2 SDRAM memory, DMA controllers and a choice of interfaces. The XMC-FPGA05F supports the Virtex-5 SX95T and LX155T FPGAs in the FF1136 package. Alternative FPGAs can be provided on request.

Fiber-optic links are enabled by four single- or multi-mode, front panel, fiber-optic transceivers that support speeds, including 2.015-, 2.5- and 3.125Gbit/s. An IP core for fiber-optic protocols such as Aurora, Serial FPDP, Serial RapidIO or Ethernet can be loaded into the FPGA to handle data flow through the transceivers. The XMC-FPGA05F has four 128MByte banks of DDR2 SDRAM memory with bandwidth approaching 1Gbit/s.

The PMC/XMC form-factor board supports both PCI-X/PCI and x8 PCI Express 1.1 host interfaces. DMA controllers simplify data movement with enough channels to support dedicated DMA controller for each fiber-optic interface. The XMC-FPGA05F has onboard flash to store multiple FPGA images and a "flash bypass mode" for secure applications to enable direct FPGA configuration by PCI, PCI-X or PCIe host interfaces. In addition, there is a 64bit user I/O option via either the PMC Pn4 or XMC Pn6 ports which is directly linked to FPGA for high-speed parallel or custom I/O from the backplane or host.

Development for the XMC-FPGA05F is supported by VMETRO's FusionXF development kit. FusionXF includes a software development kit and an HDL development kit (HDK).

Pricing starts at $9,900.

- Ismini Scouras

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