Acromag’s user configurable Artix-7 FPGA modules with plug-in I/O

The new Acromag XMC-7A modules feature a high-performance
user-configurable Xilinx Artix-7 FPGA enhanced with high-speed memory and a
high-throughput serial bus interface. The result is a powerful and flexible I/O
processor module capable of executing custom instruction sets and algorithms,
and designed for applications requiring low-power without sacrificing high performance.

The logic-optimised FPGA is well-suited for a broad range of
applications including hardware simulation, communications, in-circuit
diagnostics, military servers, signal intelligence, and image processing.

Acromag XMC-7A modules support both front and rear I/O. Front I/O
processing is supported by various plug-in AXM mezzanine cards to add the
flexibility of a wide range of analogue and digital I/O to the design.

The rear I/O provides an 8-lane high-speed serial interface on the P16
XMC port for customer installed soft cores. P16 also supports 34 SelectI/O
channels with the P4 port adding another 60 SelectI/O and global clock lines.
SelectI/O signals are Artix-7 FPGA I/O pins that support single-ended I/O
(LVCMOS, HSTL, SSTL) and differential I/O standards (LVDS, HT, LVPECL, BLVDS,
HSTL, SSTL).

Key benefits of Acromag’s Artix-7 FPGA modules include ability to greatly
increase DSP algorithm performance for faster throughput using multiple
channels and parallel hardware architectures; ability to free up CPU cycles by
offloading algorithmic-intensive tasks to the FPGA co-processor; ideal for
high-performance customised embedded systems; and optimising system performance
by integrating high-speed programmable logic with the flexibility of software
running on MicroBlaze soft processors.

Acromag’s Engineering Design Kit provides software utilities and example
VHDL code to simplify program development and get the user up and running
quickly: A JTAG interface enables on-board debugging; additional Xilinx tools
help finish the system faster; FPGA performance maximised with Vivado or ISE Design
Suite; and rapid debugging of logic and serial interfaces with ChipScope Pro
tools.

Key features of Acromag XMC-7A200 modules include reconfigurable Xilinx
Artix-7 FPGA with 200k logic cells; 128M x 64-bit DDR3 SDRAM; 32M x 16-bit
parallel flash memory for MicroBlaze FPGA program code storage; 4-lane
high-speed serial interface on rear P15 connector for PCIe Gen 1/2 (standard),
Serial RapidI/O, 10Gb Ethernet, Xilinx Aurora; 8-lane high-speed interfaces on
rear P16 connector for customer-installed soft cores; 60 SelectI/O or 30 LVDS
pairs plus 2 global clock pairs direct to FPGA via rear P4 port; 34 SelectI/O
or 17 LVDS pairs plus 2 global clock pairs direct to FPGA via rear P16 port; DMA
support enabling data transfer between system memory and on-board memory; and support
for Xilinx ChipScope Pro interface.

Acromag is represented in Australia and New Zealand by Metromatics.

For more information, please visit the Metromatics
website www.metromatics.com.au or call (07) 3868-4255. 

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