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Product short description:
  • LVDS and Plug-In I/O Modules
  • XC5VFX70T FPGA: 71K logic cells and PowerPC 440 32-bit RISC core

 

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Acromag’s PMC-VFX boards feature a reconfigurable Xilinx® Virtex™-5 FPGA enhanced with multiple high-speed memory buffers and a high-throughput PCI-X interface. Field I/O interfaces to the FPGA via the rear J4/P4 connector and/or with optional front mezzanine plug-in I/O modules. The result is a powerful and flexible I/O processor module that is capable of executing your custom instruction sets and algorithms.

The on-board FPGA has a hard core PowerPC 440 block to handle the most complex and memory-intensive computing applications. Offload your CPU-intensive operations such as video and 3D data processing or fixed-point math for superior system performance. The PowerPC core also enables system-on-chip functionality with real-time processing capabilities.

64 I/O lines are provided via the rear (J4) connector. Additional I/O processing is supported 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 data sheet (Bulletin 8400-458) for more details. Large, high-speed memory banks provide efficient data handling. Generous DDR2 SDRAM buffers store captured data prior to FPGA processing. Afterward, data is moved to dual-port SRAM for high-speed DMA transfer to the system. Our high-bandwidth PCI-X interface ensures fast data throughput.

Take advantage of the module’s support of conduction cooling for efficient dissipation of heat in environments with inadequate cooling air flow. Optional extended temperature models operate from -40 to 85°C.

Acromag’s Engineering Design Kit provides software utilities and example VHDL code to simplify your program development and get you running quickly. A JTAG interface enables on-board VHDL simulation.

Specifications

FPGA

FPGA: Xilinx Virtex-5 FPGA XC5VFX70T FPGA with 71,680 logic cells and PowerPC processor block
FPGA configuration: Download via PCI bus or flash memory.
Example FPGA program: VHDL provided for local bus interface, control of front & rear I/O, SRAM read/write interface logic, and SDRAM memory interface controller. See EDK kit.

I/O Processing

Acromag AXM I/O modules: for front mezzanine: AXM modules attach to the board for additional I/O lines. Analog and digital I/O AXM modules are sold separately.
Rear I/O: 64 I/O (32 LVDS) 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-VFX module.

PMC Compliance

Conforms to PCI Local Bus Specification, Revision 3.0 and CMC/PMC Specification, P1386.1.
Electrical/Mechanical Interface: Single-Width Module.
PCI Bus Modes: Supports PCI-X at 100MHz, 66MHz and Standard PCI at 66MHz and 33MHz
PCI-X Master/Target: 32-bit or 64-bit interface
Signaling: 3.3V compliant.
Interrupts (INTA#): Interrupt A is used to request an interrupt.

Environmental

Operating temperature: 0 to 70°C or -40 to 85°C (E versions)
Storage temperature: -55 to 105°C.
Relative humidity: 5 to 95% non-condensing.
Power: Consult factory. Operates from 3.3V supply.
MTBF: Consult factory.

  • Reconfigurable Xilinx Virtex-5 FPGA
  • PCI-X bus 100MHz 64-bit interface
  • Supports both front and rear I/O connections
  • 64 I/O or 32 LVDS lines direct to FPGA via rear (J4)
  • Plug-in I/O modules are available for front mezzanine
  • FPGA code loads from PCI bus or 32MB flash memory
  • Two banks of 256K x 32-bit dual-ported SRAM
  • Two banks of 64M x 16-bit DDR2 SDRAM
  • Other memory options available (contact factory)
  • Supports dual DMA channel data transfer to CPU/bus
  • Supports 3.3V signalling
  • Support for Xilinx ChipScope™ Pro interface
  • 0 to 70°C or -40 to 85°C (E versions)
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Manuals

PMC-VFX User Manual (Log in to download the file)

PMC-VFX70 Getting Started Guide (Log in to download the file)

PMC-VFX70 Getting Started with AXM-A30 Guide (Log in to download the file)

AXM-VFX EDK User Manual (Log in to download the file)

Drawings & Diagrams

PCISW-API-LNX (Log in to download the file)
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Additional information

Weight 16 oz
Dimensions 7 × 5 × 1 in
Part Number

PMC-VFX70: Virtex-5 FPGA, PMC-VFX70E: Virtex-5 FPGA , extended temperature range.

FPGA Type

Xilinx Virtex-5

Product Series

Virtex-5 Series

Logic Cells

71K

  • Description

    Acromag’s PMC-VFX boards feature a reconfigurable Xilinx® Virtex™-5 FPGA enhanced with multiple high-speed memory buffers and a high-throughput PCI-X interface. Field I/O interfaces to the FPGA via the rear J4/P4 connector and/or with optional front mezzanine plug-in I/O modules. The result is a powerful and flexible I/O processor module that is capable of executing your custom instruction sets and algorithms.

    The on-board FPGA has a hard core PowerPC 440 block to handle the most complex and memory-intensive computing applications. Offload your CPU-intensive operations such as video and 3D data processing or fixed-point math for superior system performance. The PowerPC core also enables system-on-chip functionality with real-time processing capabilities.

    64 I/O lines are provided via the rear (J4) connector. Additional I/O processing is supported 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 data sheet (Bulletin 8400-458) for more details. Large, high-speed memory banks provide efficient data handling. Generous DDR2 SDRAM buffers store captured data prior to FPGA processing. Afterward, data is moved to dual-port SRAM for high-speed DMA transfer to the system. Our high-bandwidth PCI-X interface ensures fast data throughput.

    Take advantage of the module’s support of conduction cooling for efficient dissipation of heat in environments with inadequate cooling air flow. Optional extended temperature models operate from -40 to 85°C.

    Acromag’s Engineering Design Kit provides software utilities and example VHDL code to simplify your program development and get you running quickly. A JTAG interface enables on-board VHDL simulation.

    Specifications

    FPGA

    FPGA: Xilinx Virtex-5 FPGA XC5VFX70T FPGA with 71,680 logic cells and PowerPC processor block
    FPGA configuration: Download via PCI bus or flash memory.
    Example FPGA program: VHDL provided for local bus interface, control of front & rear I/O, SRAM read/write interface logic, and SDRAM memory interface controller. See EDK kit.

    I/O Processing

    Acromag AXM I/O modules: for front mezzanine: AXM modules attach to the board for additional I/O lines. Analog and digital I/O AXM modules are sold separately.
    Rear I/O: 64 I/O (32 LVDS) 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-VFX module.

    PMC Compliance

    Conforms to PCI Local Bus Specification, Revision 3.0 and CMC/PMC Specification, P1386.1.
    Electrical/Mechanical Interface: Single-Width Module.
    PCI Bus Modes: Supports PCI-X at 100MHz, 66MHz and Standard PCI at 66MHz and 33MHz
    PCI-X Master/Target: 32-bit or 64-bit interface
    Signaling: 3.3V compliant.
    Interrupts (INTA#): Interrupt A is used to request an interrupt.

    Environmental

    Operating temperature: 0 to 70°C or -40 to 85°C (E versions)
    Storage temperature: -55 to 105°C.
    Relative humidity: 5 to 95% non-condensing.
    Power: Consult factory. Operates from 3.3V supply.
    MTBF: Consult factory.

  • Features & Benefits

    • Reconfigurable Xilinx Virtex-5 FPGA
    • PCI-X bus 100MHz 64-bit interface
    • Supports both front and rear I/O connections
    • 64 I/O or 32 LVDS lines direct to FPGA via rear (J4)
    • Plug-in I/O modules are available for front mezzanine
    • FPGA code loads from PCI bus or 32MB flash memory
    • Two banks of 256K x 32-bit dual-ported SRAM
    • Two banks of 64M x 16-bit DDR2 SDRAM
    • Other memory options available (contact factory)
    • Supports dual DMA channel data transfer to CPU/bus
    • Supports 3.3V signalling
    • Support for Xilinx ChipScope™ Pro interface
    • 0 to 70°C or -40 to 85°C (E versions)
  • Tech Papers

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    How to Get the Timing Right in Critical FPGA Applications
    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...
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  • Specs & Data Sheets

    Manuals

    PMC-VFX User Manual (Log in to download the file)

    PMC-VFX70 Getting Started Guide (Log in to download the file)

    PMC-VFX70 Getting Started with AXM-A30 Guide (Log in to download the file)

    AXM-VFX EDK User Manual (Log in to download the file)

    Drawings & Diagrams

  • Software

    PCISW-API-LNX (Log in to download the file)
  • Accessories

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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
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      PCISW-API-LNX: Linux Libraries (download only)

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  • Additional information

    Additional information

    Weight 16 oz
    Dimensions 7 × 5 × 1 in
    Part Number

    PMC-VFX70: Virtex-5 FPGA, PMC-VFX70E: Virtex-5 FPGA , extended temperature range.

    FPGA Type

    Xilinx Virtex-5

    Product Series

    Virtex-5 Series

    Logic Cells

    71K