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Virtex-5 USB delivers 32Mbit flash, 200 user I/Os

Posted: 09 Mar 2010 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:FPGA module? USB? interface?

XEM5010 FPGA module

From Opal Kelly comes what it claim is the fastest FPGA USB 2.0 integration module based on Xilinx Virtex-5 FPGA and delivers 256Mbyte DDR2, 36Mbit synchronous SRAM, 32Mbit flash and up to 200 high-speed user I/Os.

Based on an XC5VLX50 Xilinx Virtex-5 FPGA, the XEM5010 packs power into its small footprint of just 3.35- x 2.40- x 0.69-inch. In addition to a high gate-count, high-performance FPGA, the XEM5010 uses the high transfer rate of USB 2.0 for configuration downloads, enabling an almost instant reprogramming of the FPGA.

Opal Kelly's FrontPanel software interface, included with the module, is an easy-to-use and robust API for communication, configuration, and interfacing to the PC. FrontPanel handles all the interaction between the PC software and the FPGA internals, reducing the time and effort required to interface to a design. Its multi-platform API is available for Microsoft Windows XP/Vista, Mac OS X and Linux, with a variety of languages including C, C++, C#, Ruby, Python and Java.

In addition, the Virtex-5 device on the XEM5010 is fully supported by the latest Xilinx WebPack toolchain, available at no charge from Xilinx.

Pricing for the XEM5010 ranges from $1,499.95, with volume discounts available.

- Ismini Scouras

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