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FMC adapter kit designed for Virtex 7 based prototyping

Posted: 11 Sep 2013 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:Pro Design? FPGA? Mezzanine Card? SoC?

Pro Design recently debuted the FPGA mezzanine card (FMC) adapter kit for its proFPGA family of FPGA based prototyping solutions. The company's latest adapter kit aims to extend the usability and areas of application of the proFPGA ASIC and SoC Prototyping solution.

The proFPGA product series consists of a motherboard, different kinds of FPGA modules with the latest Virtex 7 technology, various daughter boards and an extensive software environment. Pro Design claims that its board addresses customers who need a cost efficient and high performance FPGA based solution for SoC and ASIC prototyping, real time system integration and pre silicon software development to reduce the time to market.

The new proFPGA FMC adapter kit consists of a FMC mezzanine adapter board, interface boards, image processing interface boards, USB 3.0 Interface Board or any other compatible daughter cards based on the FMC standard in combination with the proFPGA FPGA based prototyping solution. The FMC mezzanine adapter board can be easily plugged on the extension sites of the proFPGA system and provides a high pin count connector (HPC) which is compliant to the FMC standard. It provides 116 x FMC bank A signals, 44 x FMC bank B signals, 2 x differential unidirectional clk signals, 2 x differential bidirectional clk signals, 2 x differential REFCLK signals for MGTs and 10 x differential MGT signals.

The new adapter kit also contains a FMC carrier board adapter with two high speed connection cables, which provide a connection between a FMC carrier card (like the Zynq-7000 AP SoC ZC702 Evaluation Board from Xilinx) and the proFPGA prototyping system. Thus the user has the possibility to easily adapt FMC based evaluation or developer boards to the proFPGA prototyping system to increase for example the capacity, to add additional interfaces or to adapt design parts or IPs, which are running in the developer board to the proFPGA system.

The proFPGA FMC Carrier Board Adapter occupies one extension site of the FMC Carrier Board and provides 2 x proFPGA cable connectors, 1 x FMC HPC (high pin count) connector, 40 x MMCX connectors for MGT signals 4 x MMCX connectors for MGT REFCLK signals and 1 x PSU for VIO voltage generation of Bank B signals.

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