VMETRO Launches FPE320 3U VITA 46 FPGA Processing Engine

VMETRO, a leader in embedded computing solutions based on standards such as VXS, VPX, XMC and FMC that utilize multi-gigabit serial interconnects, announced the industry’s first 3U VPX FPGA processing engine with support for the new FPGA Mezzanine Card (FMC/VITA 57) standard. The FPE320 incorporates the largest available Xilinx® Virtex®-5 FPGAs and an onboard FMC mezzanine site. This combination of high-performance FPGA processing and the flexibility of FMC-based I/O in a air- or conduction-cooled 3U VPX package is ideal for demanding real-time applications such as Electronic Warfare (EW) and Signal Intelligence (SIGINT), Electronic Counter Measures (ECM), and UAV sensor acquisition.

VMETRO FPE320 3U VITA 46 FPGA Processing EngineIn 3U systems, physical board size has limited the use of large FPGAs with larger I/O mezzanines such as PMC/XMC. With the advent of the FMC I/O mezzanine standard, the largest available Virtex-5 FPGAs can be used in 3U systems because the I/O space requirements are minimized. The FPE320 supports Xilinx Virtex-5 SXT, LXT and FXT FPGAs in the FF1738 package and has a single FMC (VITA 57) mezzanine site for I/O. In addition, the FPE320 provides two banks of DDR2 SDRAM and two banks of QDRII SRAM memory along with four x4 high-speed serial interconnects (16 RocketIO[TM] GTPs) to the backplane for PCI Express®, Aurora[TM], or Serial RapidIO[TM] and additional user-defined I/Os to the backplane.

Development for the FPE320 is supported by VMETRO’s FusionXF FPGA development kit. FusionXF is a collection of software and associated HDL functions to aid customers in the development of their FPGA algorithms and logic for VMETRO’s customer-programmable FPGA products. It is targeted at reducing the design time and optimizing the performance of complex embedded real-time DSP systems comprised of multiple FPGA and PowerPC processors. FusionXF includes a Software Development Kit (SDK) and an HDL Development Kit (HDK). The SDK provides host software support for Windows, VxWorks and Linux, including drivers for high-speed DMA access between the XMC and host CPU, FPGA reconfiguration and diagnostics. The HDK contains the FPGA interface definitions and HDL functions to build a fully functional FPGA design. Example software and HDL are provided for the interconnects and the external memory with the Virtex-5 FPGA.

The FPE320 is VPX (VITA 46) compliant with .8″ pitch and is available in both air and conduction cooled versions. It is expected to ship in Q4 2008.

Xilinx and Virtex are a registered trademarks of Xilinx, Inc., San Jose, California in the United States and may be registered in other countries. Aurora and RocketIO are trademarks of Xilinx, Inc. San Jose, California in the United States and other countries. PCI Express is a registered trademark of the PCI SIG. Serial RapidIO is a trademark of the RapidIO Trade Association. VxWorks is a trademark of Wind River Systems.

VMETRO [OSE: VME] provides commercial-off-the-shelf (COTS) board- and system-level embedded computer products from development to deployment for applications in Aerospace & Defense, Industrial, Communications, Medical, Enterprise Computing and Network Storage. Our products offer the highest levels of performance, innovation and reliability by applying state-of-the-art technology within the framework of well established industry standards. VMETRO is a leading supplier of 1) Embedded Computing – ruggedized and commercial grade high-performance Digital Signal Processing and FPGA Processing solutions, Analog, Digital and Fiber-Optic I/O, and Buffer Memory Nodes 2) Data Recorders & Storage – ruggedized and commercial grade real-time long-endurance recording, playback and analysis systems for high-speed sensor data 3) Protocol & Bus Analyzers – debug, validation and analysis tools for testing computer systems and 4) Network Storage devices – solid-state non-volatile cards designed to increase performance and maintain reliability in server and storage appliances.