4DSP Announces Virtex-7 Boards in XMC and VPX Form Factors

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Highly configurable, low profile module with fast digital or analog I/O is targeted at applications requiring programmable implementations of complex FPGA algorithms.

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4DSP LLC, a technology design company with offices in Austin and the Netherlands, announced today the release of the FM780 and VP780, two highly configurable modules with advanced Digital Signal Processing (DSP) capabilities and multiple I/O options. The FM780 is XMC (VITA 42.3) compliant with a PCI Express Gen 2 interconnect while the VP780 is 3U VPX form factor (VITA 46) compliant. Both modules provide an FMC (FPGA Mezzanine Card, VITA 57) site and two 4DSP BLAST (Board Level Application Scalable Technology) locations that are closely coupled to the onboard Xilinx Virtex®-7 FPGA and 2GB of DDR3 SDRAM.

“The FM780 and VP780 memory options combined with the Virtex-7 FPGA deliver flexibility and exceptional performance in a small form factor,” stated Pierrick Vulliez, founder and Managing Partner of 4DSP. “The flexibility in selecting application specific I/O linked to the high performance Virtex-7 FPGA, will have a major impact on the way the industry designs with FPGA technology and should benefit designers working on fast to market solutions.”

The Virtex-7 FPGA device available on-board is user-programmable and can implement high-end signal processing algorithms. Based on customer requirements, front-panel I/O modules may be added to enable the FM780 or VP780 to perform data acquisition and waveform generation, high-speed communication, image processing and implement various types of complex DSP applications. In addition to 2GB of on-board DDR3 SDRAM the FM780 and VP780 have a variety of memory options such as NAND Flash, QDRII SRAM+, and extra DDR3 SDRAM through BLAST modules. Optionally, the user-configurable BLAST mounting sites may be populated with JPEG2000 CODECs or even a customer's specific logic devices or circuit designs. Both the FM780 and VP780 are available as conduction cooled modules.

The FMC site provides an alternative method of adding industry standard I/O modules based on the FMC standard. 4DSP has several FMC modules to choose from, in addition to the many modules available from the FMC ecosystem, providing a very large selection of readily available I/O options for the FM780 and VP780.

Applications including software define radios (SDRs), RADAR/SONAR imaging, satellite communication systems, event processing, RADAR/radio jamming, JPEG2000 video image processing, baseband communication transceivers, multichannel digital receivers, FFT processing, and analog/digital signal processing can benefit from the performance of the Virtex-7 and the I/O flexibility of the FMC site. The VP780 and FM780 are an excellent choice for high performance applications that require large band signal digitization or generation through the use of accelerated frequency-domain algorithms.

A full suite of tools is available to support the FM780 and VP780:

  •     Board control and monitoring tools
  •     Flash programming utility
  •     Confidence tests
  •     Host side API
  •     Software program example
  •     Xilinx ISE project
  •     Test firmware and VHDL source code
  •     Drivers for Windows, Linux, VxWorks
  •     Stellar IP is available for this product. A simple way to design FPGA firmware with automated code and bitstream generation.

The VP780 and FM780 are available in operating temperature ranges of 0°C to 70°C or -40°C to 85°C with optional conformal coating.

For more information about the 4DSP FMCs, please visit the 4DSP FMC portal (http://www.4dsp.com/fmc.php). 4DSP offers a wide range of ADC, DAC and DSP modules.

For more information on the FM780, visit the interactive datasheet at: http://www.4dsp.com/FM780.php.

For more information on the VP780, visit the interactive datasheet at: http://www.4dsp.com/VP780.php.

About 4DSP LLC

4DSP LLC is an innovative company specializing in low power, low weight and compact FPGA based signal and image processing systems. Headquartered in Austin, Texas, USA, with offices in the Netherlands, 4DSP is a developer of reconfigurable computers of advanced architecture, which offer customers maximum flexibility and scalability. 4DSP's hardware platforms deliver unmatched performance for advanced digital signal processing (DSP) applications in embedded computing applications. More information about 4DSP can be found at http://www.4dsp.com.

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