VMETRO Creates First FPGA-Based PMC Card with 4 Channels of Fibre Optic

2/24/2005 - VMETRO, a premium provider of embedded, real-time boards and sub-systems based on open standards like VME, PCI, cPCI and RACEway, announced the PMC-FPGA03F, a 64-bit PMC module which utilizes Xilinx Virtex-II Pro FPGA and Fiber optic communications, to provide application-specific processing coupled with long distance optical connectivity.

The PMC-FPGA03F is an FPGA-based PMC designed for engineers seeking maximum flexibility and optimal performance. When used in conjunction with a PMC-enabled processing board or an I/O Controller such as VMETRO's PowerMIDAS 5000, it is capable of delivering powerful application-specific processing and is thus suitable for a wide range of purposes. By directly coupling the fiber optic communications with a user programmable FPGA, the PMC-FPGA03F can perform a host of demanding signal processing tasks efficiently on the data before it reaches the host processor. These include FFTs and digital receiver functions for software radio, data compression and advanced protocol handling. The net affect is a high-performance solution with reduced host processor overhead.

"The PMC-FPGA03F enables FPGA developers to directly interface to remote systems up to 500 meters apart, dramatically enhancing the capabilities of the onboard Xilinx Virtex II Pro device and flexibility of the module itself," said Andy Stevens, VMETRO's vice president of Processing Solutions.

PMC-FPGA03F offers the following features and benefits:

The PMC-FPGA03F provides a flexible and highly-configurable processing solution for all types of embedded applications. By utilizing the PMC-FPGA03F, users gain best-of-breed I/O and processing capabilities and are better able to focus on the development of their own core intellectual property. The result is faster time-to-market, reduced cost and superior product differentiation.

VMETRO offers products and services that enable clients to build superior high-end digital processing, recording and sensor I/O systems for their customers, on time! The products are based on open standards like VXS, VME, PCI, cPCI and RACEway. Founded in 1986 in Oslo, Norway, and in the US since 1987, VMETRO is the world's largest manufacturer of bus analyzers for standard buses such as VME and PCI. VMETRO also offers an extensive line of high-performance signal processing solutions, real-time data recorders, PMC I/O controllers and modules for real-time data processing, acquisition and networking. VMETRO merged with Transtech DSP Ltd (High Wycombe, UK) October 1, 2004, adding a powerful range of signal processing products to the VMETRO product range. VMETRO is traded on the Oslo Stock Exchange (OSE:VME). For more information, please visit www.vmetro.com.

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