Agility Unveils RC240 Programmable Development, Prototyping Platform

Agility Design Solutions Inc., a leading provider of embedded system solutions enabling rapid implementation of complex image and signal processing algorithms, announced the availability of the RC240 programmable development and prototyping platform. The RC240 is ideal for the design and optimization of high-performance, high-throughput algorithms using an FPGA and an ARM 922T core in digital entertainment, communications, in-car infotainment, robotics and machine vision applications.

The RC240 was designed to provide developers with a flexible prototyping platform that supports a wide range of popular peripherals and interfaces allowing developers to focus on their unique algorithm implementation instead of the laborious development of the peripheral and interface connections. This typically allows developers to complete projects as much as 75% faster.

“The RC240 extends the already extensive list of peripherals and interfaces available from Agility for rapid algorithm implementation,” stated Jeff Jussel, vice president of Agility’s C Solutions business. “With the RC240, customers optimize their algorithm performance in both hardware on the FPGA, and software on the embedded processor. Combined with Agility’s powerful DK Design Suite and board API libraries, the RC240 enables rapid algorithm development in FPGA-based embedded systems, even for first-time users of FPGA technology.”

The RC240 includes a 4M gate Xilinx Virtex-4 LX40 FPGA, direct access to 12 Mbytes of pipelined SRAM, 128 Mbytes of SDRAM for FPGA use and 128 Mbytes of SDRAM for ARM CPU use. The RC240 is supported by both the Agility PixelStreams Video IP library and Agility’s C to FPGA design environment, DK Design Suite, to deliver a complete solution for rapid development and prototyping of image and signal processing algorithms.

The RC240 peripherals and interfaces include:

Video:

  • Camera-link interface
  • Optional CMOS camera
  • VGA/DVI output
  • Optional 8.1″ 1024 x 768 LCD touch screen

Audio AC97 compatible:

  • On-board microphone and stereo speakers
  • Line-level input (stereo)
  • Line/headphones output (stereo)

Communications:

  • USB 2.0: 1x to FPGA, 1x to ARM, 2x from ARM
  • Gigabit Ethernet
  • RS232

Extras:

  • 3 axis accelerometer
  • Dual channel 65Msps A to D converter inputs
  • Dual channel 125Msps D to A converter outputs
  • CAN bus
  • 4 servo control outputs
  • ATA compatible expansion port
  • SDIO card socket

Pricing and Availability
The RC240 is available now as a stand-alone product or as part of a complete design kit bundle including Agility’s DK Design Suite. Stand-alone board pricing starts at US $5,000. For more information contact Agility at sales@agilityds.com

About Agility Design Solutions Inc.
Agility enables rapid development and prototyping of complex image and signal processing algorithms offering complete solutions for algorithm acceleration, prototyping, and implementation in both software and hardware. The solutions include Agility’s unique software technologies for MATLAB to C and C to FPGA synthesis and a rich portfolio of synthesizable algorithmic functions and FPGA hardware platforms. Agility completes the solutions with services delivered by a team of expert users to help customers meet deadlines and delivery requirements. Corporate headquarters are located at 1076A East Meadow Circle, Palo Alto, California, 94303. Telephone: (650) 846-2555. Facsimile: (650) 846-2557.