Electronics Production | February 28, 2005

VMETRO with first FPGA-based PMC with 4 fiber channels

VMETRO, a provider of embedded real-time boards and sub-systems based on open standards like VME, PCI, CompactPCI and RACEway, today announced the PMC FPGA03F, a 64-bit PMC module which utilizes Xilinx Virtex-II Pro FPGA and fiber optic communications to provide application-specific processing coupled with long distance optical connectivity.
The PMC-FPGA03F is an FPGA-based PMC designed for engineers seeking maximum flexibility and optimal performance. When used in conjunction with a PMC-enabled processing board or an I/O Controller such as VMETRO’s PowerMIDAS 5000, it is capable of delivering powerful application-specific processing and is thus suitable for a wide range of purposes. By directly coupling the fiber optic communications with a user programmable FPGA, the PMC-FPGA03F can perform a host of demanding signal processing tasks efficiently on the data before it reaches the host processor. These include FFTs and digital receiver functions for software radio, data compression and advanced protocol handling.

“The PMC-FPGA03F enables FPGA developers to directly interface to remote systems up to 10,000m apart, dramatically enhancing the capabilities of the onboard Xilinx Virtex-II Pro device and flexibility of the module itself,” said Andy Stevens, VMETRO‚Äôs Vice President of Processing Solutions.

PMC-FPGA03F offers the following features and benefits:
Xilinx Virtex-II Pro XC2VP50 FPGA
Large SDRAM data buffers
Fast QDR-II memory banks for efficient data calculations and look up
I/O and pre-processing in a single PMC module
Four full duplex fiber optic serial links operating up to 3.125 Gbps
Programmable transceivers supporting any compatible interface including
Fibre Channel and Serial FPDP
Options for both single and multi-mode optical transceiver configurations
Parallel 64-bit user data I/O port
VxWorks, Windows and Linux Host Software Support
Onboard Flash memory for ‚Äėturn-key‚Äô configuration
FPGA and Flash Programming Utilities for enhanced ease of configuration
IP cores available for common functions such as FFTs and QR decomposition

The PMC-FPGA03F provides a flexible and highly-configurable processing solution for all types of embedded applications. By utilizing the PMC-FPGA03F, users gain best-of-breed I/O and processing capabilities and are better able to focus on the development of their own core intellectual property. The result is faster time-to-market, reduced cost and superior product differentiation.

Copper based communications are available through a sister product, the PMC-FPGA03 which has the added benefit of parallel data I/O ports through the front panel.
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