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FPGA cards target OpenVPX systems

Posted: 18 Feb 2013 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:FPGA? PCI Express? Gigabit Ethernet?

Alpha Data has released a line of VPX products featuring the ADM-VPX3-7V2 that according to the company is a high performance, reconfigurable, 3U OpenVPX format based on the Xilinx Virtex-7 range of platform FPGAs. Aimed at rugged embedded computing applications, the device is designed to support the world's largest FPGA (V2000T), PCIe Gen3, VITA57 FMC I/O, full industrial ruggedisation, along with the Alpha Data software development kit and technical support, added the company.

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

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.

Alpha Data's VPX products are available to order immediately. Each product ships with a comprehensive 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.

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