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  • LVDS I/O and Plug-In I/O Modules
  • XC4VLX40/60 FPGA with up to 60K logic cells and 64 XtremeDSP slices

Acromag’s PMC-LX boards use a high-performance Xilinx® Virtex-4TM FPGA, but maintain a relatively low price point.

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Acromag’s PMC-LX boards use a high-performance Xilinx® Virtex-4TM FPGA, but maintain a relatively low price point. They are optimized for high-performance logic, featuring a high logic-to-feature ratio and a high I/O-to-feature ratio. Two modules let you select a FPGA to match your logic requirements.

Although there is no limit to the uses for Acromag’s FPGA boards, several applications are ideal for this new technology. Typical uses include hardware simulation, communication processing, in-circuit diagnostics, military servers, and telecommunication.

I/O processing is handled on a separate mezzanine card that plugs into the FPGA base board. A variety of these external I/O cards offer an interface for your analog and digital I/O signals. See the AXM I/O Card for more details. Additionally, 64 I/O lines are supported via the rear (J4) connector.

Plenty of DRAM memory is available for receipt and transfer of high-speed data from the I/O data ports on the front and rear of the board. Dual Ported SRAM memory is supplied for storage of data to be passed, via DMA  transfer, to the PCI bus. One of the dual ports is attached to the FPGA and the other to the local bus.

The PCI bus interface is handled by a PLX® PCI 9656 device which provides 64-bit 66MHz bus mastering with dual-channel DMA support.

Take advantage of the optional conduction cooling for use in hostile environments. Conduction cooling provides efficient heat dissipation in environments where there is inadequate cooling air flow.

Acromag provides software utilities and examples to simplify your programming and get you started quickly. A JTAG interface enables on-board VHDL simulation.

Specifications

FPGA

FPGA: Xilinx Virtex-4 FPGA
PMC-LX40: XC4VLX40 FPGA with 41,472 logic cells and 64 DSP slices
PMC-LX60: XC4VLX60 FPGA with 59,904 logic cells and 64 DSP slices
FPGA configuration: Downloadable via PCI bus or from flash memory.
Example FPGA program: VHDL provided implements interface to PCI bus IC, interface to dual port SRAM, PLL control, ADC, and DAC control. Program requires user proficiency with Xilinx software tools. See Engineering Design Kit.

I/O Processing

AXM modules: for front mezzanine: Acromag AXM modules attach to the board to provide I/O. A variety of modules are available and are sold separately.
Rear I/O: 32 LVDS I/O lines supported with a direct connection between the FPGA and the rear I/O connector (J4).

Engineering Design Kit

Provides user with basic information required to develop a custom FPGA program. Kit must be ordered with the first purchase of a PMC-LX module. (see Design Kit for details)

PMC Compliance

Conforms to PCI Local Bus Specification, Revision 2.2 and CMC/PMC Specification, P1386.1.
Electrical/Mechanical Interface: Single-Width Module.
PCI bus clock frequency: 66MHz.
64-bit PCI Master: Implemented by PLX PCI 9656 device.
Signaling: 5V and 3.3V compliant.
Interrupts (INTA#): Interrupt A is used to request an interrupt.

Environmental

Operating temperature: 0 to 70°C.
Storage temperature: -55 to 105°C.
Relative humidity: 5 to 95% non-condensing.
Power: Consult factory. Operates from 3.3V supply.
MTBF: Hours at 25°CMIL-HDBK-217F, Notice 2 – PMC-LX40 773,246; PMC-LX60 870,489

  • Customizable FPGA (Xilinx Virtex-4 XC4VLX40/60) with up to 60K logic cells and 64 XtremeDSPTM slices
  • Supports both front and rear I/O
  • Plug-in I/O modules are available for front mezzanine
  • 64 I/O lines supported with direct connection to FPGA via rear (J4) connector
  • FPGA code loads from PCI bus or flash memory
  • 256K x 36-bit dual-ported SRAM
  • 32Mb x 32-bit DDR DRAM
  • Supports dual DMA channel data transfer to CPU
  • Supports both 5V and 3.3V signaling
  • Conduction cooled 0 to 70°C
How to Get the Timing Right in Critical FPGA Applications Application Note
As the capacity of FPGA devices increases, the quantity and complexity of application tasks deployed on a single PMC FPGA module likewise increases. As a result, accurate management of all the unique clocks associated with these tasks becomes a very significant challenge for the application developer. In this article, we discuss the tools and constructs...
How to Reduce Costs with Customized I/O on COTS FPGA Modules Application Note
It is now common to deploy COTS FPGA modules to help speed development cycles and reduce overall project costs. However, to maximize savings when FPGAs are used to perform custom I/O functions, it is very important to first determine the suitability of a particular FPGA module for the application. This determination is dependent upon several factors: The...
How PMC FPGA Boards Excel at Image Processing Application Note
Acromag has engaged in a number of image processing applications based upon implementations of Camera Link running on a Virtex-5 FPGA module. In several of these instances, LVDS signals are used to collect the image data through front and/or rear I/O connections on the PMC FPGA module. Other applications use a custom interface developed for...
How to Keep Heat in Check with Conduction Cooling Application Note
Current application demands of PCI Mezzanine Card (PMC) modules have grown from the simple addition of I/O and low-level communications to the servicing and off-loading of high performance software defined radio (SDR), digital signal processing (DSP), co-processing, and now re-configurable FPGA-based computing with gigabit interfaces. This trend of putting more and more processing power on...
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Additional information

Weight 16 oz
Dimensions 12 × 13 × 3 in
Part Number

PMC-LX40: 41,472 logic cells, PMC-LX60: 59,904 logic cells

FPGA Type

Xilinx Virtex-4

Product Series

Virtex-4 Series

  • Description

    Acromag’s PMC-LX boards use a high-performance Xilinx® Virtex-4TM FPGA, but maintain a relatively low price point. They are optimized for high-performance logic, featuring a high logic-to-feature ratio and a high I/O-to-feature ratio. Two modules let you select a FPGA to match your logic requirements.

    Although there is no limit to the uses for Acromag’s FPGA boards, several applications are ideal for this new technology. Typical uses include hardware simulation, communication processing, in-circuit diagnostics, military servers, and telecommunication.

    I/O processing is handled on a separate mezzanine card that plugs into the FPGA base board. A variety of these external I/O cards offer an interface for your analog and digital I/O signals. See the AXM I/O Card for more details. Additionally, 64 I/O lines are supported via the rear (J4) connector.

    Plenty of DRAM memory is available for receipt and transfer of high-speed data from the I/O data ports on the front and rear of the board. Dual Ported SRAM memory is supplied for storage of data to be passed, via DMA  transfer, to the PCI bus. One of the dual ports is attached to the FPGA and the other to the local bus.

    The PCI bus interface is handled by a PLX® PCI 9656 device which provides 64-bit 66MHz bus mastering with dual-channel DMA support.

    Take advantage of the optional conduction cooling for use in hostile environments. Conduction cooling provides efficient heat dissipation in environments where there is inadequate cooling air flow.

    Acromag provides software utilities and examples to simplify your programming and get you started quickly. A JTAG interface enables on-board VHDL simulation.

    Specifications

    FPGA

    FPGA: Xilinx Virtex-4 FPGA
    PMC-LX40: XC4VLX40 FPGA with 41,472 logic cells and 64 DSP slices
    PMC-LX60: XC4VLX60 FPGA with 59,904 logic cells and 64 DSP slices
    FPGA configuration: Downloadable via PCI bus or from flash memory.
    Example FPGA program: VHDL provided implements interface to PCI bus IC, interface to dual port SRAM, PLL control, ADC, and DAC control. Program requires user proficiency with Xilinx software tools. See Engineering Design Kit.

    I/O Processing

    AXM modules: for front mezzanine: Acromag AXM modules attach to the board to provide I/O. A variety of modules are available and are sold separately.
    Rear I/O: 32 LVDS I/O lines supported with a direct connection between the FPGA and the rear I/O connector (J4).

    Engineering Design Kit

    Provides user with basic information required to develop a custom FPGA program. Kit must be ordered with the first purchase of a PMC-LX module. (see Design Kit for details)

    PMC Compliance

    Conforms to PCI Local Bus Specification, Revision 2.2 and CMC/PMC Specification, P1386.1.
    Electrical/Mechanical Interface: Single-Width Module.
    PCI bus clock frequency: 66MHz.
    64-bit PCI Master: Implemented by PLX PCI 9656 device.
    Signaling: 5V and 3.3V compliant.
    Interrupts (INTA#): Interrupt A is used to request an interrupt.

    Environmental

    Operating temperature: 0 to 70°C.
    Storage temperature: -55 to 105°C.
    Relative humidity: 5 to 95% non-condensing.
    Power: Consult factory. Operates from 3.3V supply.
    MTBF: Hours at 25°CMIL-HDBK-217F, Notice 2 – PMC-LX40 773,246; PMC-LX60 870,489

  • Features & Benefits

    • Customizable FPGA (Xilinx Virtex-4 XC4VLX40/60) with up to 60K logic cells and 64 XtremeDSPTM slices
    • Supports both front and rear I/O
    • Plug-in I/O modules are available for front mezzanine
    • 64 I/O lines supported with direct connection to FPGA via rear (J4) connector
    • FPGA code loads from PCI bus or flash memory
    • 256K x 36-bit dual-ported SRAM
    • 32Mb x 32-bit DDR DRAM
    • Supports dual DMA channel data transfer to CPU
    • Supports both 5V and 3.3V signaling
    • Conduction cooled 0 to 70°C
  • Tech Papers

    How to Get the Timing Right in Critical FPGA Applications Application Note
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    How to Reduce Costs with Customized I/O on COTS FPGA Modules Application Note
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    How PMC FPGA Boards Excel at Image Processing Application Note
    Acromag has engaged in a number of image processing applications based upon implementations of Camera Link running on a Virtex-5 FPGA module. In several of these instances, LVDS signals are used to collect the image data through front and/or rear I/O connections on the PMC FPGA module. Other applications use a custom interface developed for...
    How to Keep Heat in Check with Conduction Cooling Application Note
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  • Specs & Data Sheets

  • Software

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      AXM-D Series: Digital I/O Extension Modules for PMC & XMC FPGAs

      • Plug-In I/O Modules
      • Choose from four I/O Options
      • JTAG Support Option
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      Select options
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      PCISW-API-LNX: Linux Libraries (download only)

      • Application programming interface with function routines
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      • Includes C source code
      • Download at no charge
      Read more
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      • Support for Acromag XMC, PMC, PCI, CompactPCI cards
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      • API easily convertible for any operating system
      $965
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  • Additional information

    Additional information

    Weight 16 oz
    Dimensions 12 × 13 × 3 in
    Part Number

    PMC-LX40: 41,472 logic cells, PMC-LX60: 59,904 logic cells

    FPGA Type

    Xilinx Virtex-4

    Product Series

    Virtex-4 Series