AKA Rolls Out High Performance PRISM200 System-on-Module

Advanced Knowledge Associates (AKA) – the leader in Prepackaged Reconfigurable Integrated System-on-Module (PRISM) technology – launched the PRISM200, its latest high-performance, and hardware reconfigurable, highly integrated system on a module, designed to enable and accelerate advanced embedded system design.

Packaged in a 656 pin PGA with a footprint of just 3.0×3.0in, the PRISM200 features the Xilinx(R) Virtex-4FX platform FPGA and leverages the device’s two embedded PowerPC(R) 405, 32-bit RISC processor cores, two Tri-mode Ethernet MACs, 622 Mbps to 6.2 Gbps serial transceiver blocks, dedicated hard DSP blocks, on-board high-speed clock management circuitry, 160+ high speed general purpose input/outputs (GPIO) and numerous other hard-IP core blocks. While the PowerPC 405 cores each feature a 32-bit Harvard Architecture, 5-Stage Execution Pipeline, with integrated L1 Instruction and Data Cache, the PRISM200 also includes on-module high-density DDR2 SDRAM, NOR, and NAND Flash memory allowing for full featured hardware software development with industry standard RTOS packages including Linux, VxWorks, and others.

In combination with huge processing power, the PRISM200 has massive bandwidth capabilities and is capable of moving vast amounts of data on its over 160 1Gbps+ GPIO, each supporting any of 20+ different electrical standards including HSTL, SSTL, LVDS, and LVPECL. The PRISM200 is suitable for a wide variety of embedded applications due to its high-performance, built-in native interfaces and low-power consumption. The interfaces include Dual 1553 Remote Terminal, CAN, USB, UART and Gigabit Ethernet. The module allows the user to harness SERDES technology to transfer multi-gigabits of data per second per differential trace pair.

“The PRISM200 has a modular architecture which allows for easy integration of user-logic and custom peripheral-sets,” comments AKA’s CEO, Guy Marom. “Like all our PRISM units, the PRISM200 features an on-board programmable clock-generation unit as well as on-board voltage regulation and power-monitoring circuits for simpler and more complete system development and integration. The whole PRISM philosophy is oriented towards getting the customer’s system up and running as quickly and as seamlessly as possible: the only thing left for our customers to do is to port their application and then begin focusing on their implementation. The PRISM200 is ideally suited for high performance Military, Medical, Industrial, Automotive, and Networking applications requiring significant control and or data path processing with a high degree of flexibility and scalability.”

About Advanced Knowledge Associates
Advanced Knowledge Associates (AKA) is a major supplier of Prepackaged Reconfigurable Integrated Systems-on-Modules (PRISMs) that enable and accelerate advanced embedded system design. AKA’s miniaturized and high-performance PRISMs ensure that customers get to market as quickly, easily, and cost-effectively as possible while protecting themselves from obsolescence issues. The company is headquartered in Santa Clara, California and provides design-to-manufacturing services for companies across a range of markets including Mil/Aero, Defense, Medical, Industrial, Automotive and Communications.