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VPX boards pair for high performance computing

Posted: 20 Apr 2011 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:VPX Virtex-5? FPGA boards? logic-optimized FPGA? high-performance computing? PCIe Interface?

Acromag's newly released VPX FPGA boards are ideal for accelerated algorithm processing or execution of complex logic routines in embedded computer systems. They are from the series of 3U VPX FPGA boards that feature a configurable Xilinx Virtex-5 FPGA with multiple high-speed memory buffers and a high-throughput PCIe interface.

The field I/O interfaces to the FPGA through the rear P2 connector. It also has optional front mezzanine plug-in I/O modules, resulting in a flexible signal processor card that is capable of rapidly executing custom instruction sets and algorithms.

Typical uses of this innovation include signal intelligence, image processing, hardware simulation, and communications.

The boards have a large, high-speed memory bank that provides efficient data handling. Dual-ported 1M x 64bit SRAM enables high-speed DMA transfers to/from the CPU while simultaneously writing data to memory, while 32M x 32bit DDR2 SDRAM buffers give the FPGA fast access to I/O port data. FPGA code loads from the PCIe bus or from on-board flash memory. A double fat pipe 4-lane PCIe interface ensures fast data throughput.

64 I/O lines are accessible through the rear (P2) connector.

The boards also have a series of AXM extension modules that are available to provide additional front-end A/D, RS-485, CMOS, or LVDS I/O channels through a mezzanine connector on the front of the board.

The price of the boards starts at $7100 with several options for FPGA logic capacity and conduction-cooled extended temperature operation.

Three models provide a choice of logic-optimized FPGAs to match the performance requirements. Cards can be ordered with a Xilinx VLX85T, VLX110T, or VLX155T FPGA featuring up to 155,000 logic cells and 128 DSP48E slices. Each model is available in a format designed for use in air-cooled or conduction-cooled systems suitable for -40C to 85C operation.

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