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4DSP enables High end DSP capability for PCI Express card

Posted: 05 Oct 2012 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:PCI Express? DSP? FPGA Mezzanine Card? PC720? high pin count?

A high performance, half-size PCI Express desktop-compliant card with advanced Digital Signal Processing (DSP) capabilities and multiple I/O options has been recently launched by commercial off the shelf (COTS) DPS manufacturer, 4DSP.

4DSP's PC720 is a PCI Express Gen 3 capable with up to two FMC (FPGA Mezzanine Card) sites that are closely coupled to the onboard Xilinx Kintex-7 FPGA and 1GB of DDR3 SDRAM. The PC720 is the first in a family of cards with the Kintex-7 and FMC functionality in popular board form factors.

Applications including software define radios, RADAR/SONAR imaging, communications, event processing, and analogue/digital signal processing can benefit from the performance of the Kintex-7 and the I/O flexibility of the FMC sites. The PC720 is aimed at high performance applications that require large band signal digitisation or generation through the use of accelerated frequency-domain algorithms.

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Pierrick Vulliez, founder of 4DSP, boasted that their PC720 is an excellent method to add high performance DSP capability to systems with PCI Express card slots. The FMC slots greatly expand the I/O flexibility allowing designers to choose from the wide range of FMC modules available from 4DSP and the expanding FMC ecosystem. The flexibility in selecting I/O, with the FMC front-end, to the Kintex-7 FPGA will have a major impact on the way the industry designs with FPGA technology.

The front side FMC site is a high pin count (HPC) slot that is located on the primary side of the board, and when populated, remains within the envelope of a single slot half size PCI Express card.

Optionally, a second FMC site with a low pin count (LPC) is available on the backside of the PC720 with the FMC front panel occupying the front panel of the adjacent PCI Express slot.

For a lab test environment or custom system the PC720 can be operated in a stand-alone mode. In this set-up the power is supplied through the industry standard PCI Express power connector.

A full suite of software is available to support the PC720 with board control and monitoring tools, flash programming utility, confidence tests and a host side API. It also inlcudes software program examples, test firmware and VHDL source code and drivers for Windows, Linux, VxWorks

Stellar IP is also available for this product to provide a simple way to design FPGA firmware with automated code and bitstream generation.

- Nick Flaherty
??EE Times Europe

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