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Xilinx Virtex-7 based FPGA card tooled for OpenVPX

Posted: 15 Feb 2013 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:FPGA platforms? Embedded? IO? PCI Express?

Embedded FPGA platforms and systems provider Alpha Data has recently released its latest line of VPX products, featuring the ADM-VPX3-7V2, a high performance reconfigurable, 3U OpenVPX format based on the Xilinx Virtex-7 range of Platform FPGAs.

3U VPX cards offer an ultra-rugged and compact form factor loaded with IO that can operate at 10Gbit/s+. Most importantly, VPX utilises a standardised control and data flow architecture supported by vendors around the world letting the designer utilise every square inch of the latest, the largest FPGAs on the market.

Combining the performance, ease-of-use, and reliability of the 7V2 with OpenVPX interoperability, system integrators will find they can create compact, cost effective, ultra-rugged solutions, for a plethora of challenging applications. Alpha Data's COTS VPX boards are ready to design, develop, and deploy.

The ADM-VPX3-7V2 features include a built-in PCI Express Gen2 interface with DMA, optional PCIe Gen3 interface to the user FPGA, external memory, high density I/O using a Vita 57 high Pin Count FMC interface, Gigabit Ethernet Interface, system monitoring, and flash boot facilities. A Rear Transition Module (RTM) is also available to accelerate development by providing monitor and control access to all rear (backplane) IO signals.

In addition to the ADM-VPX3-7V2, Alpha Data offers three ready-made VPX solutions that are two-part assemblies comprised of a 3U VPX carrier card and a modular XMC FPGA mezzanine card. The ADA-VPX3-7V1, the ADA-VPX3-7K1, and the ADA-VPX3-6T1 feature XRM front IO adapters, two mSATA sites and 1000Base-x Ethernet.

"VPX is the future of rugged embedded computing; these switched serial systems unleash the incredible bandwidth of the latest generation Virtex-7 FPGAs. Alpha Data's line-up of OpenVPX products allows engineers to quickly design new applications using off-the-shelf hardware and deploy on the same hardware with full ruggedized support." Adam Smith, CEO.

Alpha Data's VPX products are competitively priced and available to order immediately. Each product ships with a comprehensive Software Development Kit (SDK), including example designs and software drivers. The ADM-VPX3-7V2 board is also available in a cost reduced form without a separate Bridge FPGA for high-volume production orders.

Datasheet for the ADM-VPX3-7V2 and other VPX products can be found here.

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