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

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Acromag has introduced new PMC mezzanine modules featuring a reconfigurable Xilinx Spartan-6 FPGA to offer a cost-sensitive solution for advanced embedded computing applications requiring custom logic, DSP or algorithm acceleration.  

The new PMC mezzanine modules featuring the cost-optimised Xilinx Spartan-6 FPGA have been introduced by Acromag to assist embedded system developers facing ever-tightening budgets and time constraints.  

Typical applications of the PMC modules include hardware simulation, in-circuit diagnostics, communications, signal intelligence and image processing.  

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 can save thousands of dollars, yet still deliver high-performance computing for algorithm acceleration and custom logic processing tasks.  

Spartan-6 FPGA modules are designed for cost-sensitive applications, but are also suitable for various military, aerospace and industrial control functions, thanks to their abundant logic resources and high-speed DSP.  

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 to optimise system performance and enable cross-platform compatibility.  

As part of Xilinx’s targeted design platform, designers can leverage common design methodologies, development tools, and run-time platforms for greater cost savings and faster time-to-market.  

Key features of PMC mezzanine modules:   

  • 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 
  • All models employ the logic-optimised SLX150 version of the Spartan-6 FPGA, which provides 147,433 logic cells and 180 DSP slices 
  • Dual-ported SRAM (256k or 1M x 64-bit) facilitates high-speed DMA transfers to the bus or CPU 
  • 16MB flash memory enables on-board storage and loading of the FPGA code 
  • 100MHz 64-bit PCI-X interface ensures fast data throughput     
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. A JTAG interface allows users to perform on-board VHDL simulation. Further analysis is supported with a ChipScope Pro interface.  

Acromag has developed a DLL driver software package compatible with Microsoft Visual C++, and Visual Basic for easy integration of the boards with embedded Windows applications.  

Acromag also offers C libraries for VxWorks, Linux, and other operating systems for real-time and open source applications.  

Acromag’s new PMC mezzanine modules are available through Metromatics .

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