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New Acromag PMC module uses economical Spartan-6 FPGA to reduce cost of complex embedded computing tasks

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Acromag’s new PMC module featuring a reconfigurable Xilinx Spartan-6 FPGA offers a cost-sensitive solution for advanced computing applications requiring custom logic, DSP, or algorithm acceleration.
 
Acromag has introduced new PMC mezzanine modules featuring the cost-optimised Xilinx Spartan-6 FPGA to assist embedded system developers facing budget and time constraints. While saving thousands of dollars, the PMC-SLX reconfigurable FPGA modules can still deliver high-performance computing for algorithm acceleration and custom logic processing tasks.
 
Spartan-6 FPGAs have integrated logic, DSP and memory resources that leverage the flagship Virtex-6 FPGA platform’s architecture and system-level blocks for quicker and smoother system development. Acromag adds a high-throughput PCI-X interface, large memory banks, and easy access to field I/O signals to deliver a ready-to-use FPGA computing module for advanced signal processing applications.
 
The PMC-SLX reconfigurable FPGA modules find application in hardware simulation, in-circuit diagnostics, communications, signal intelligence, and image processing. Extra memory and extended temperature options are available.
 
The Spartan-6 FPGA is designed for cost-sensitive applications, but with abundant logic resources and high-speed DSP, it is more than capable for many mil-aero and industrial control functions.
 
To optimise system performance and enable cross-platform compatibility, Spartan-6 FPGAs use an efficient dual-register 6-input LUT logic structure, built-in system-level blocks, and DSP slices derived from the high-end Virtex-6 architecture.
 
Field I/O interfaces to the FPGA via the rear J4/P4 connector and/or with optional front mezzanine I/O extension modules. 64 I/O or 32 LVDS lines are accessible through the rear connector. Acromag’s plug-in AXM mezzanine cards provide additional I/O processing capabilities. A variety of these AXM mezzanine I/O cards are available to provide front-end 14-bit 105 MHz A/D conversions or an interface for CMOS digital I/O, RS-485 differential signals, or extra LVDS I/O lines.
 
PMC-SLX modules are ready for use in conduction-cooled systems and offer an optional upgrade to extended temperature range parts suitable for -40°C to +85°C operation.
 
Acromag’s Engineering Design Kit provides utilities to help users develop custom programs, load VHDL into the FPGA, and establish DMA transfers between the FPGA and the CPU.
 
For easy integration of the boards with embedded Windows applications, Acromag has developed a DLL driver software package for compatibility with Microsoft Visual C++, and Visual Basic. For real time and open source applications, Acromag offers C libraries for VxWorks, Linux, and other operating systems.
 
Acromag is represented in Australia and New Zealand by Metromatics .

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