VMETRO Combines the Power of Fiber-Optics with Xilinx Virtex-5 FPGAs in an XMC Module
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VMETRO Combines the Power of Fiber-Optics with Xilinx Virtex-5 FPGAs in an XMC Module

HOUSTON—(BUSINESS WIRE)—September 30, 2008— VMETRO today announced a user programmable FPGA XMC/PMC module with fiber-optic transceivers. The XMC-FPGA05F, a follow-on to the very successful PMC-FPGA03F, incorporates the Xilinx® Virtex®-5 FPGA with four front panel fiber-optic transceivers in air- or conduction-cooled versions. The popularity of high-speed serial interconnects in embedded real-time DSP systems and the effectiveness of FPGAs to interface to sensor I/O makes the XMC-FPGA05F ideal for demanding real-time applications such as remote sensor interfaces, data recorders and embedded real-time distributed computing.

The XMC-FPGA05F features a Xilinx Virtex-5 FPGA, high-speed fiber-optic transceivers, DDR2 SDRAM memory, DMA controllers and a choice of interfaces. The XMC-FPGA05F supports the Virtex-5 SX95T and LX155T FPGAs in the FF1136 package. Fiber-optic links are enabled by four single- or multi-mode, front panel, fiber-optic transceivers that support up to 2.015, 2.5 and 3.125Gbps. An IP core for fiber-optic protocols such as Aurora, Serial FPDP, Serial RapidIO® or Ethernet can be loaded into the FPGA to handle data flow through the transceivers. The XMC-FPGA05F has four 128MB banks of DDR2 SDRAM memory with bandwidth approaching 1GB/s. The PMC/XMC form-factor board supports both PCI-X/PCI and x8 PCI Express® 1.1 host interfaces. DMA controllers simplify data movement with enough channels to support dedicated DMA controller for each fiber-optic interface.

Development for the XMC-FPGA05F is supported by VMETROs FusionXF development kit. FusionXF includes a Software Development Kit (SDK) and an HDL Development Kit (HDK). The SDK provides host software support for Windows®, VxWorks® and Linux®, including a driver framework for high-speed DMA access between the XMC and host CPU, FPGA reconfiguration and diagnostics. The HDK contains the FPGA interface definitions and HDL functions to build a fully functional FPGA design.


VMETRO (OSE:VME) provides commercial-off-the-shelf (COTS) board- and system-level embedded computer products from development to deployment for applications in Aerospace & Defense, Industrial, Communications, Medical, Enterprise Computing and Network Storage. Our products offer the highest levels of performance, innovation and reliability by applying state-of-the-art technology within the framework of well established industry standards. VMETRO is a leading supplier of Embedded Computing, Data Recorders & Storage, Protocol & Bus Analyzers and Network Storage devices. For more information, please visit www.vmetro.com.


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