VMETRO to Create Boards Based on Xilinx Virtex-5 LXT FPGAs

VMETRO today announced that it will augment its VXS, XMC and PMC based board level product lines to include platforms based on the new Xilinx (NASDAQ: XLNX) Virtex(TM)-5 LXT FPGA Platform. As a member of the Xilinx early access program, VMETRO is developing a broad range of board level products that leverage the high-speed serial capabilities of the Virtex-5 LXT FPGAs to support applications such as Electro-Optics (EO), Electronics Warfare (EW), Signal Intelligence (SigInt) and telecommunications for high performance embedded computing and aerospace/defense markets.

The second of four domain-optimized platforms in the new Virtex-5 family, the 65nm Virtex-5 LXT platform is the first FPGA to deliver a hard-coded PCI Express(R) Endpoint and Tri-mode Ethernet Media Access Controller (MAC) blocks. The Virtex-5 LXT platform offers multi-channel multi-Gbps serial communications (up to 3.2 Gbps per channel) which allows for increased system flexibility, bandwidth and scalability – critical benefits to VMETRO customers building next-generation FPGA-based solutions.

“VMETRO’s proven track record of developing effective Xilinx based FPGA solutions has allowed us early access to the low power serial I/O and built-in PCI Express advantages of Virtex-5 LXT FPGAs that will help deliver the next generation of our PMC, VXS and XMC product lines,” said Dave Barker, Vice President of Business Development at VMETRO, Inc. “The addition of low power, built-in serial communications makes the development of sophisticated solutions easier and more powerful. Xilinx being first to market with these capabilities helps us deliver our next generation products to meet our customer expectations. We are excited by these developments and believe our customers will be too.”

VMETRO’s first Virtex-5 LXT based product will be available in early 2007.

VMETRO [OSE: VME] 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 leading manufacturer of bus analyzers for standard buses and the only vendor with a complete range of analyzers for 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.