Acromag’s newly released APCe8675 carrier card offers a simple and cost-effective solution for a PC to communicate with an XMC mezzanine module over a PCI Express (PCIe) bus.
System developers can insert Acromag’s FPGA modules or other XMC modules on the carrier card to perform a variety of signal processing functions. The carrier’s PCIe x8 interface supports up to eight serial lanes for rapid data transfer between the plug-in XMC module and the host computer.
Ideal for high-performance industrial and scientific research computing systems, these carrier cards are also useful for testing advanced systems in defence and aerospace applications that will be deployed later on rugged embedded computer platforms such as VME, VPX, or CompactPCI.
System developers can build powerful computers with an array of FPGA modules using a high-speed interconnect fabric similar to those of high-end VPX systems, but in a low-cost PC chassis. Several rear I/O connectors enable high-speed serial interfaces between neighbouring carrier boards using XAUI or Aurora protocols. These ports simplify board-to-board connections with twinax or internal SCSI-3 cables to left and right adjacent carrier cards.
One XMC socket interfaces up to eight serial I/O lanes to the carrier’s PCIe x8 edge connector. The other XMC socket routes to a pair of 4-lane serial ports for board-to-board connections that support up to five high-speed (5Gb/s) transmit/receive differential or LVDS pairs. A 64-pin PMC rear I/O socket routes 32 LVDS I/O to a SCSI port for additional board-to-board communication.
An integrated fan provides a constant airflow across the XMC module to dissipate heat generated by large FPGA devices. The carrier card is also ready for use with a conduction cooling thermal frame.
Acromag offers several compatible XMC FPGA modules with configurable logic elements for algorithm acceleration, DSP, communication, and adaptive computing functions. Typical applications include image processing, simulation, protocol conversion, signal intelligence, and in-circuit diagnostics. Software development tools are available for VxWorks, Linux, and Windows environments.
Acromag offers a complete line of embedded I/O products including bus boards, mezzanine modules, wiring accessories, and software to serve industries such as military, aerospace, manufacturing, transportation, utilities, and scientific research laboratories.
Acromag is represented in Australia and New Zealand by Metromatics .