Advanced module provides affordable FPGA performance25 May 2012
Despite its affordability, the AMC-V6L incorporates a high-performance Xilinx Virtex-6 FPGA. The standard build is a cost-effective, high density LX75T-2 version of the FPGA, with other options available for custom order up to the LX240T variant.
The module includes 256MB of 16bit DDR3 SDRAM memory. 128MB of Flash memory is also provided, which can be used as storage for multiple FPGA configurations and additional software.
A comprehensive range of high-speed, flexible I/O is provided. The module supports dual Gigabit Ethernet to the backplane, for industry standard control links. It also provides 'fat pipe' connections directly from the AMC backplane on ports 4-7 and 8-11 to the FPGA. This can support PCI Express (with build option), SRIO, XAUI or even CPRI, at up to 20 Gbaud per link.
Front panel I/O is supported by two SFP+ interfaces that in turn provide flexible, high-speed optical or electrical links at up to 6.25 Gbaud. These interfaces can be configured as CPRI, OBSAI, GigE, SRIO or other standards. Two mezzanine sites are also made available, each with 17 GPIO lines and 20 LVDS pairs, which may be fitted with add-on modules for additional specialized front panel I/O.
Edward Young, managing director at CommAgility, succinctly put it this way: "The AMC-V6L provides an affordable solution for wireless and general-purpose applications—-yet still provides a high performance FPGA, and massively flexible I/O."
Timing and synchronization is provided via the front panel or backplane clock I/O. A GPS receiver is available as an option, in which case no additional timing equipment is required, which significantly reduces system complexity for wireless applications.
The new module is a compact mid-size, single width PICMG AMC.0 R2.0 Advanced Mezzanine Card (AMC) and is suitable for use in both ATCA carriers and MicroTCA chassis. It can also operate as a standalone, with suitable power and cooling. A range of build options is available, and further customization is possible in volume orders, to enable the best technical and commercial fit to a customer application to be achieved.
The AMC-V6L is currently sampling to lead customers. Pricing starts at below $2,000 in 1K+ volume.
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