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Product short description:
  • 64 LVDS I/O and plug-In I/O modules
  • XC5VLX85T/110T/155T FPGA, up to 155K logic cells, 128 DSP48E slices

Acromag’s PMC-VLX 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.

 

 

PMC-VLX Reconfigurable Virtex-5 FPGA with Plug-in I/O Description

Acromag’s PMC-VLX 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.

Three models provide a choice of logic-optimized FPGAs to match your performance requirements. Although there is no limit to the uses for these boards, several applications are ideal. Typical uses include hardware simulation, communications, military servers, in-circuit diagnostics, signal intelligence, and image processing.

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 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 bus or CPU. Our high-bandwidth PCI-X interface ensures fast data throughput.

Take advantage of conduction cooling for use in hostile environments. Conduction efficiently dissipates heat in environments with inadequate cooling air flow. Optional extended temperature models operate from -40 to 85°C.

Acromag’s PMC-VLX 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: PMC-VLX85: XC5VLX85T FPGA with 82,944 logic cells and 48 DSP48E slices.
PMC-LX110: XC5VLX110T FPGA with 110,592 logic cells and 64 DSP48E slices.
PMC-LX155: XC5VLX155T FPGA with 155,648 logic cells and 128 DSP48E slices.
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-VLX 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: Hours at 25°C, MIL-HDBK-217F, Notice 2. VLX-85: 633,360; VLX-10: 624,625; VLX-155; call factory.

 

  • 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 flash memory
  • Two banks of 256Kb x 32-bit dual-ported SRAM
  • Two banks of 32Mb 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)
  • Reconfigurable Xilinx Virtex-5 FPGA
  • PCI-X bus 100MHz 64-bit interface
  • Supports both front and rear I/O connections

 

 

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...
How to Reduce Costs with Customized I/O on COTS FPGA Modules
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:...
How Can PMC FPGA Boards Excel at Image Processing?
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 Does Conduction Cooling Keep Heat in Check? | App 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 7 × 5 × 1 in
Part Number

PMC-VLX110: 110,592 logic cells., PMC-VLX110E: 110,592 logic cells, extended temp. range., PMC-VLX155: 155,648 logic cells., PMC-VLX155E: 155,648 logic cells, extended temp. range., PMC-VLX155-1M: 32Mb x 32 DDR2 SDRAM and 1Mb x 64 dual port SRAM, PMC-VLX85: 82,944 logic cells., PMC-VLX85E: 82,944 logic cells, extended temp. range.

FPGA Type

Xilinx Virtex-5

Product Series

Virtex-5 Series

Logic Cells

155K

  • Description

    PMC-VLX Reconfigurable Virtex-5 FPGA with Plug-in I/O Description

    Acromag’s PMC-VLX 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.

    Three models provide a choice of logic-optimized FPGAs to match your performance requirements. Although there is no limit to the uses for these boards, several applications are ideal. Typical uses include hardware simulation, communications, military servers, in-circuit diagnostics, signal intelligence, and image processing.

    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 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 bus or CPU. Our high-bandwidth PCI-X interface ensures fast data throughput.

    Take advantage of conduction cooling for use in hostile environments. Conduction efficiently dissipates heat in environments with inadequate cooling air flow. Optional extended temperature models operate from -40 to 85°C.

    Acromag’s PMC-VLX 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: PMC-VLX85: XC5VLX85T FPGA with 82,944 logic cells and 48 DSP48E slices.
    PMC-LX110: XC5VLX110T FPGA with 110,592 logic cells and 64 DSP48E slices.
    PMC-LX155: XC5VLX155T FPGA with 155,648 logic cells and 128 DSP48E slices.
    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-VLX 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: Hours at 25°C, MIL-HDBK-217F, Notice 2. VLX-85: 633,360; VLX-10: 624,625; VLX-155; call factory.

     

  • Features & Benefits

    • 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 flash memory
    • Two banks of 256Kb x 32-bit dual-ported SRAM
    • Two banks of 32Mb 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)
    • Reconfigurable Xilinx Virtex-5 FPGA
    • PCI-X bus 100MHz 64-bit interface
    • Supports both front and rear I/O connections

     

     

  • Tech Papers

    How to Get the Timing Right in Critical FPGA Applications
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    How Can PMC FPGA Boards Excel at Image Processing?
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  • Specs & Data Sheets

  • Software

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

    Additional information

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

    PMC-VLX110: 110,592 logic cells., PMC-VLX110E: 110,592 logic cells, extended temp. range., PMC-VLX155: 155,648 logic cells., PMC-VLX155E: 155,648 logic cells, extended temp. range., PMC-VLX155-1M: 32Mb x 32 DDR2 SDRAM and 1Mb x 64 dual port SRAM, PMC-VLX85: 82,944 logic cells., PMC-VLX85E: 82,944 logic cells, extended temp. range.

    FPGA Type

    Xilinx Virtex-5

    Product Series

    Virtex-5 Series

    Logic Cells

    155K