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Dual channel 12-bit ADC FPGA mezzanine card from Dedicated Systems Australia

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ADC510 enables integration of dual channels of analogue input into embedded computing systems.

The innovative design of the ADC510, based on the emerging VITA 57.1 standard, makes it easier for developers to integrate FPGAs and analogue input into their embedded system designs.

Typical DSP applications for this module include Signal Intelligence (SIGINT), Electronic Counter Measures (ECM), and Radar.

The ADC510 utilises two Texas Instruments ADS5463 ADC devices with each device supporting a sampling rate up to 500 MSPS and providing 12-bits of digital output.

The ADC device interfaces are routed to the FMC connector to enable an FPGA on a baseboard to directly control and receive data. The high bandwidth connectivity of the FMC interface ensures that data can be transferred to the FPGA without compromising the throughput. The analogue inputs are 50 Ohm AC coupled and connect through the front panel using MMCX connectors.

Clock and trigger signals

A number of clock input options are available using on-board or external sources. The on-board source is selectable by the host FPGA and provides sample rates of 300, 320, 400 and 500 MSPS. External LVPECL compatible trigger input and outputs are provided and linked to the FPGA host.

These signals can be used for a variety of purposes including triggering, gating, and multi-board synchronisation with the appropriate HDL application code.


The FMC/VITA 57 (draft) specification allows I/O devices that reside on an industry standard mezzanine card to be attached to, and directly controlled by, FPGAs that reside on a baseboard. The benefits are increased performance, higher bandwidth, reduced latency, lower cost and less complexity.

To maximise data throughput and minimise latency, the FMC connector has many pins that support high-speed signals for moving data between the FMC and an FPGA on the baseboard.

ADC510 hosts

The ADC510 can be fitted to VMETRO hosts including the FPE650, a quad Xilinx® Virtex®-5 VPX Processor board with dual FMC sites. The combination of the ADC510 and a FPGA provides a high quality high performance solution in a single VPX/VPX-REDI slot.

The ADC510 is supported by VMETRO's XF suite which includes software APIs for remote hosts and HDL examples.

  • Dual Texas Instruments ADS5463, 12-bit ADCs
  • Up to 500 MSPS
  • AC coupled analogue input bandwidth up to 1.5 GHz
  • Choice of onboard and external clocks sources
  • Multi-board synchronisation capability
  • FMC/VITA 57 (draft) form factor
  • Air and conduction-cooled variants

The ADC510 is available from Dedicated Systems Australia .

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