AMIRIX, CMC Team for Latest PCI Platform FPGA Development Boards

2/4/2005 - AMIRIX Systems Inc., a leading provider of custom embedded systems and electronic design services for product development, announced that they will deliver 75 AP1100 PCI Platform Field Programmable Gate Array (FPGA) Development Boards to the System-on-Chip Research Network (SOCRN) managed by the Canadian Microelectronics Corporation (CMC) for distribution to universities across Canada. This technology will increase the ability of researchers to demonstrate microsystems concepts, validate research in a systems context and accelerate the commercial potential of their work. The boards will be available in over 20 university laboratories this fall.

Designed by AMIRIX, the AP1100 is a PCI card with a Xilinx Virtex-II Pro(TM) XC2VP100 FPGA packaged in a 1704-pin ball grid array (BGA) and is connected to DDR SDRAM, SRAM, Flash Memory, Ethernet and other interfaces. Configured as a single board computer based on the IBM PowerPC 405 core, the boards come complete with monitor software and TimeSys Linux and provide an advanced design starting point for both university researchers and OEMs looking to improve time-to-market and reduce development costs.

"This platform provides an easy to use, "out-of-box" system for developing embedded FPGA System-on-Chip (SoC) solutions using the largest Virtex-II Pro FPGA from Xilinx," said Sandra Greer, President and CEO, AMIRIX. "The AP1100 will expose students and researchers to some of the most current and advanced programmable logic technology on the market today. AMIRIX is very pleased to be recognized as a world leader in this technology and to be chosen by CMC to deliver on this important initiative."

CMC accelerates Canadian competitiveness through microsystems by providing researchers with industry-calibre design resources, access to state-of-the-art manufacturing technologies, and support services. CMC delivers innovative and cost-effective services to a growing community of microsystems researchers that connects more than 40 universities and colleges across Canada, and presently involves 2,300 faculty and graduate students. The System-on-Chip Research Network that is managed by CMC positions Canada at the forefront of this vital research area.

"The SOCRN allows university researchers, students and industry to meet the challenge of today’s global shift from discrete chip-based electronics products to those that implement complete systems on a single chip," said Dr. Brian Barge, President and CEO, CMC. "AMIRIX was chosen because of its considerable FPGA design expertise. The AP1100 boards will increase researcher productivity in the prototyping of complete system designs, and enable proof-of-concept without incurring the cost and time of chip fabrication. This increases the commercial potential of microsystems research."

Xilinx, Inc., the worldwide leader in complete programmable logic solutions, is donating the silicon for the project through the Xilinx University Program (XUP). Established in 1985 to promote education and research using Xilinx Programmable Logic Device (PLD) technologies, the program supports over 1,600 universities worldwide with state-of-the-art PLD products and services.

"The program is structured to enhance and enable academic and research endeavors and we are very excited to be a part of this important initiative to advance the technology and design capability at Canadian universities," said Anna Acevedo, Manager of XUP. "Companies demand that today's graduates know how to perform real design with the latest in programmable logic technology because it is used extensively in the products of many high technology companies."

About AMIRIX Systems Inc.
Founded in 1981, AMIRIX provides custom embedded systems and electronic design services to help companies develop new products and enhance existing ones. Core capabilities include high performance board design and integration, programmable logic design, and embedded software design. AMIRIX solutions are flexible, time-to-market efficient, cost effective, and are found in defense, aerospace, medical applications and communications platforms. AMIRIX is a member of the Xilinx XPERTS Program, and is also a Certified Diamond XPERTS Partner, a premier version of the XPERTS Program. The AP100 family of PCI Platform FPGA Development Boards is available from AMIRIX, as well as platform modules and accessories to support the development of programmable systems design on the boards. AMIRIX also offers competitively priced custom derivative designs through its supporting design services. For more information, visit

About CMC
CMC builds partnerships among government, industry and universities to enable and accelerate Canadian competitiveness in microsystems. CMC provides industry-calibre tools and technologies to enable world class research and the commercial potential of microsystems. Established in 1984, CMC is a not-for-profit corporation funded by the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC), matched by industrial contributions of technology, services and cash. CMC also manages major grants from the Canada Foundation for Innovation (CFI) and the Ontario Innovation Trust (OIT) through Queen’s University to deliver research infrastructure for system-on-chip investigations at Canadian universities; along with additional funds from the provinces of Québec and Manitoba to enable the testing of high-performance microchip designs through the National Microelectronics and Photonics Testing Collaboratory. More information about CMC is available at:

About Xilinx
Xilinx is the worldwide leader in complete programmable logic solutions. For more information, visit

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