Nallatech Rolls Out Scalable PCI-104 FPGA Embedded Products

Nallatech, the domain expert in high-performance FPGA computing solutions, announces the introduction of three additional products to its highly successful PCI-104 portfolio. These new products offer system level flexibility through a range of multi-card PCI-104 stacks designed to deliver optimal price/performance for demanding real-time embedded applications. The new product range strengthens the company’s position as the dominant supplier of COTS PCI-104 FPGA embedded products for the defense and security markets.

The Nallatech series of PCI-104 FPGA products provide customers with a choice of five powerful platforms for the development and deployment of complex embedded systems across a variety of application areas including signals intelligence, avionics, software defined radio and autonomous vehicles. Each product in the series is capable of supporting a variety of sensor interfaces and memory types, and can be scaled from a two-card stack supporting a single Xilinx Virtex(TM)-4 FX FPGA, up to a five-card stack supporting seven Virtex-4 FPGAs.

Individual PCI-104 stacks can be physically scaled up or down using Nallatech’s Variable Height Software (VHS) accessory tool. Using the VHS tool, customers developing applications with a Nallatech PCI-104 stack can add or remove FPGA cards in order to meet the size, weight and power (SWAP) constraints of their specific application environment. This unprecedented level of flexibility allows customers to tailor standard COTS products to meet the specific processing, memory and I/O requirements of their target system without incurring any NRE costs.

“The Nallatech PCI-104 series of COTS products coupled with the VHS tool offer our customers new levels of performance and flexibility that meet the SWAP requirements of their demanding embedded applications,” said Stephen Lynas, VP Marketing of Nallatech. “Our comprehensive product range, tool flow and professional support services offer an unrivalled package of solutions that demonstrate our technology leadership and ability to deliver innovation to meet the specific application needs of our customers.”

“Nallatech’s PCI-104 products gave us the ability to quickly and easily verify our image processing algorithms on the FPGA hardware from within the MATLAB environment; something which was key to completing our project on time, to spec and budget”, said Eddie Power, Chief FPGA Engineer of SELEX Sensors and Airborne Systems (S&AS), Edinburgh. This powerful hardware and tool flow combination enabled a step change in productivity and capability that promoted cross functional awareness and teamwork between the systems, software and hardware engineers.”

Nallatech is the Industry’s only supplier of multi-card COTS PCI-104 products featuring Xilinx Virtex(TM)-4 FX FPGAs.

About Nallatech
Nallatech is the world’s leading supplier of high-performance COTS FPGA Solutions. Nallatech designs and manufactures high-performance FPGA embedded products, in form factors such as PCI, VME, cPCI, PCI-X and PCI-104. Customers benefit from lower costs, reduction in size, weight and power and improved performance. Headquartered in Glasgow, Scotland, its wholly-owned subsidiary Nallatech Inc. has U.S. Headquarters in Baltimore and Regional offices in San Jose, Los Angeles, Philadelphia and Boston. Nallatech has six operating locations worldwide and international partner sales offices in seven countries.

SELEX Sensors and Airborne Systems, a Finmeccanica company, is one of Europe’s leading defence electronics companies and provides world class capabilities in surveillance, protection, tracking, targeting, navigation & control, and imaging systems. It is 100% owned by Finmeccanica and brings together SELEX Sensors and Airborne Systems UK and Italy’s Galileo Avionica. Some 7,200 people are employed across operations in the United Kingdom, Italy, and the United States.