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Virtex-5 FPGA core drives XMC I/O module

Posted: 25 Dec 2008 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:I/O XMC module? DAC 16bit? FPGA?

Innovative Integration has announced the X5-TX, an XMC I/O module featuring four channels of 500MSps, 16bit DAC outputs driven by a Virtex-5 FPGA computing core, DRAM and SRAM memory, and eight lane PCIe host interface.

The DAC devices support up-conversion and interpolation plus a mode providing two channels at a true 1GSps, 16bit rate without interpolation.

A Xilinx Virtex-5 SX95T or LX155T with 512Mbyte DDR2 DRAM and 4Mbyte QDR-II memory provides a very high performance DSP core for demanding applications such as RADAR and direct RF digitizing. The tight integration of analog I/O, memory and fast host interface with the FPGA enables real-time signal processing at rates exceeding 300GMAC/s.

Innovative's X5-series XMC modules couple their Velocia architecture with a high performance, 8-lane PCIe interface that provides over 1GBps sustained transfer rates to the host. Private serial rapid I/O links to host cards achieving over 1.6GBps throughput over P16 are provided for system integration.

X5 cards can be fully customized using VHDL and Matlab using the FrameWork Logic toolset. The supplied, full-featured Matlab BSP supports real-time hardware-in-the-loop development using the graphical, block diagram Simulink environment with Xilinx System Generator.

IP logic cores are available for SDR applications that provide multichannel modulations for PSK and FSK systems. These IP cores transform the X5-TX module into a versatile transmitter, ready for integration into your application.

Software tools for host development are provided free of charge, and include C++ libraries and drivers for Windows and Linux. Application examples demonstrating the module features and use are provided, including streaming DAC samples from disk and real-time communication symbol generation. The X5-TX can be used with the Andale high-speed data record/playback system for arbitrary waveform generation from recorded data at sustained rates up to 1,000MBps. This versatile module is easily adapted for use in virtually any type of host system.

Innovative Integration's XMC carrier adapters offer conduction and convection cooling and are available for a range of interfaces including Desktop PCI, Desktop PCIe, Cabled PCIe, CompactPCI and PXI/PXI Express. This module may also readily be installed into Innovative Integration's eInstrument Embedded PC, SBC-ComEx Single-Board Computer and Andale Data Loggers.

- Clive Maxfield
Programmable Logic DesignLine

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