Darnaw1, the new Spartan(TM)-3E FPGA module from Enterpoint, enables the use of modern FPGA technology in lower technology manufactured products. Encapsulating all the elements to support operation of the FPGA, the module has a simple to solder PGA pinout and operates for a simple single 3.3V power supply.
Darnaw1, developed specifically to fill a gap in the industrial markets, enables leading edge FPGA technology to be used in industrial and military sectors where the volume, or assembly technology available precludes the use of BGA packaged FPGA devices.
The Darnaw1 module has a Spartan(TM)-3E FPGA offering either 1.2 million, or 1.6 million, gate logic capability. The on-module FPGA is backed up by local SDRAM, Oscillator, Power Regulators and Serial Flash support devices. Applications for the module include Microprocessor Replacement, High Speed DSP Processing, Dual Port Memory, FIFOs, Switch Matrices, and other Large Capacity General Logic Functions.
“The large I/O count and logic capability of Darnaw1 makes it a versatile module for the industrial designer. As an example it has the capability to replace hundreds of 22V10 type devices and can absorb many other elements of an industrial design into one compact module all in a cost effective manner,” explains John Adair of Midlands based FPGA design consultancy, Enterpoint.
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