Nallatech Launches Virtex-II Pro XtremeDSP Development Kit

2/24/2005 - Building on the success of the Xilinx Virtex-II XtremeDSP Development Kit, Nallatech has successfully developed and delivered the Virtex-II ProTM XtremeDSP Development Kit, a powerful DSP development platform for high-performance signal processing applications such as software defined radio, networking, HDTV, 3G wireless and video processing applications. The Virtex-II Pro XtremeDSP Development Kit has been developed by Nallatech in partnership with Xilinx and continues their successful program for providing powerful DSP development platforms based around Nallatech’s DIME-II systems architecture for high-performance FPGA systems. The new kit enables designers of high-performance DSP systems to implement both demanding signal processing algorithms and control functions using the embedded IBM Power PCTM 405 processor.

The Virtex-II Pro XtremeDSP Development Kit combines seamlessly with Xilinx’ System GeneratorTM v6.3 software to offer a complete design framework for FPGA and DSP designers, allowing partial or entire systems to run on hardware quickly and efficiently. This approach redefines time to market by allowing developers to rapidly produce state of the art DSP systems with all the design flexibility, and reconfiguration capabilities of an FPGA.

The Virtex-II Pro XtremeDSP Development Kit includes an on-board user-programmable Xilinx XC2VP30 FPGA on the Nallatech BenADDA-Pro DIME-II module, which has two 14-bit ADC channels capable of sampling rates of 105MSPS per channel, and two 14-bit DACs with 160 MSPS per channel sampling. The kit is supplied with the Nallatech BenONE DIME-II motherboard, which supports both PCI and USB interface performance via a pre-configured SpartanTM-II FPGA. The Virtex-II Pro XtremeDSP Development Kit is also supplied with Nallatech’s FUSE system software for hardware management and control.

As part of the kit’s support for Xilinx System Generator v6.3, the kit also supports the hardware co-simulation capability of System Generator, which enables users to carry out bitwise FPGA design verification in hardware. In addition with the Xilinx Virtex-II Pro, developers can utilise the embedded PowerPC processor, via the Xilinx EDK software, to implement functions traditionally implemented within conventional DSP/RISC processors.

“This new kit extends Nallatech’s close co-operation with Xilinx for developing robust signal processing development platforms, particularly for digital communications applications,” said Jerry Banks, director of DSP solutions marketing, Xilinx. “The platform builds on a solid foundation developing and delivering solutions for the military and wireless industries.”

“This development effort and product introduction further reinforces the relationship that Xilinx and Nallatech have enjoyed for over a decade,” said Ed Hennessy, VP business development, North America for Nallatech. “Many prospective customers are unaware of Nallatech’s role in providing these innovative kits to Xilinx and the target markets that they serve. We have thousands of these kits deployed worldwide, which is a strong statement for the acceptance and adoption of this class of technology.”

About Nallatech
Nallatech is the world’s leading supplier of high performance FPGA solutions. A comprehensive product range delivers the highest performance-density, maximum scalability and most complete solutions available on the market today. Nallatech offers a unique high-speed architecture, combined with support for industry standard PCI, cPCI, PC/104 and VME, along with software support for the most popular operating systems and programming languages. Nallatech provides flexible, easy to implement solutions for Data Communications, Digital Signal and Image Processing. Customers benefit from lower costs, reduced power consumption and improved performance in end markets including Telecommunications Infrastructure, Aerospace and Defense, Imaging and Scientific Computing. Nallatech is headquartered in Glasgow, U.K., its wholly-owned subsidiary Nallatech, Inc. has U.S. group offices in Baltimore and regional offices in Phoenix, Philadelphia and Boston. For more information, please visit

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