VMETRO Board Level Products Support Xilinx Virtex-5 FPGAs

VMETRO announces its support for the Xilinx, Inc. (NASDAQ: XLNX) Virtex(TM)-5 family of FPGAs with the unveiling of two board level products designed around this revolutionary new device family. The products, based on open standard form-factors including PMC and PCI, are targeted for deployed embedded applications as well as development platforms.

The early adoption of the Virtex-5 FPGA family enables customers to deploy new high gate density, high performance solutions with lower power. Thus, VMETRO can provide more computing and throughput in a given space. Next generation applications typically requiring these capabilities include Software Defined Radio (SDR), Signal Intelligence (SigInt) and real-time imaging.

Xilinx Virtex-5 family of FPGAs significantly increases VMETRO’s processing capabilities over previous generations of board level products. Performance improvements include: 1) faster access to multiple banks of both QDR SRAM and DDR SDRAM, tied directly to the Virtex-5 device, 2) high bandwidth accesses to customizable logic in real-time through high-density connectors directly coupled to the FPGA and 3) more data can be fed through the FPGA, resulting in higher throughputs.


VMETRO’s initial products are based on the Xilinx LX50 and LX110 FPGAs, the first Virtex-5 platforms now available. For PCI based development platforms, VMETRO’s DEV-FPGA05, based on the Xilinx LX50 Virtex-5 FPGA, will be bundled with a software support package to allow Virtex-5 applications to be evaluated and developed at low cost. For deeply embedded applications typically found in medical imaging or aerospace and defense systems, the PMC-FPGA05D PMC module with a Virtex-5 LX110 will be available. I/O modules already developed include parallel LVDS, CameraLink and RS422. Additional custom modules can be designed by development engineers or VMETRO.

“Our next generation real-time data recording and image processing applications come with stringent performance, power and cost requirements. This requires a high performance SoC solution with better integration of high-speed data I/O streams, faster memory bandwidth and low power consumption,” said Thomas Nygaard, CTO at VMETRO. “Engaging with Xilinx early on their Virtex-5 family has provided us with unprecedented performance and power advantages, coupled with the flexibility to adapt to our customers’ evolving specifications. We are actively developing end-user solutions based on the Virtex-5 LX platform FPGA family that will help establish our leadership in the aerospace and defense marketplace.”

“We engaged with a select group of early access customers that had specific performance, power or capability requirements that could only be addressed by our Virtex-5 FPGA family,” said Per Holmberg, Director of Programmable Digital Systems Marketing at Xilinx. “VMETRO pushed the limits of performance and capabilities and provided valuable feedback that helped shape our next generation product line. Their early success with Virtex-5 is further enforcement that our domain optimized strategy delivers the best mix of features and capabilities tuned to customer needs.”

Pricing and Availability
The PMC-FPGA05D and DEV-FPGA05 products will be available September 1st 2006 with single unit pricing from USD $5,995.

VMETRO provides integrators of high-end embedded computer systems with products and services, from development through deployment, with the highest levels of performance, innovation and reliability. The products are based mostly on open standards like VXS, PCI Express, VME, PCI and CompactPCI. Founded in 1986, VMETRO is the world’s largest manufacturer of bus analyzers for standard buses such as VME, PCI and PCI Express. VMETRO also offers an extensive line of high-performance signal processing solutions, real-time data recorders, PMC I/O controllers and modules for real-time data processing, acquisition and networking. VMETRO has been traded on the Oslo Stock Exchange (Ticker: VME) since 1997.