Kane Computing Distributes SignalMasterQuad Multi DSP/FPGA cPCI Board

8/12/2005 - The SignalMasterQuad is a new Lyrtech CompactPCI signal processing board, now being sold in the UK by Kane Computing Ltd (KCL).

This new member of the SignalMasterTM family consists of two clusters, each containing two TMS320C6416TM or TMS320C6713TM DSPs and a Virtex-II® FPGA. Each cluster can deliver up to 16000 MIPS of DSP processing power and up to 8 Million Gates, giving a total of 32 000 MIPS of DSP power and 16 Million Gates.

Features of the SignalMasterQuad include Compact PCI (cPCI) 6U form factor, 4 Texas Instruments' C6416 or C6713 DSPs, 2 Xilinx Virtex-II series FPGAs, up to XC2V8000, multiple I/O interfaces, 2 LYRIO & LVDS ports, PCI Bus Extension Connector and JTAG. Hardware drivers are integrated in Simulink/Xilinx System Generator Blocksets for quick implementation together with DSP & FPGA-in-the-loop, co-simulation of Simulink/Xilinx System Generator models. Leading edge communication interface allows Real-Time data monitoring from Simulink scopes and remote operations.

Combined with its software tools, the solution allows quick and easy system-level design and implementation of signal processing applications relying on mixed FPGA/DSP-based hardware architectures. Building upon Simulink, Real-Time Workshop and Embedded target from The MathWorks, along with the System Generator for DSP tool from Xilinx, the overall solutions allow users to quickly develop a functional prototype of their application, before enabling hassle-free and efficient paths to optimizing the code and final hardware. This proven design flow dramatically reduces the learning curve, cost of ownership and development risk for companies implementing these designs.

The SignalMasterQuad is supported with a range of I/O boards including digital audio modules, analogue audio modules, NTSC/PAL video modules, digital I/O and high speed analogue modules including the new ADACMaster II that offers dual 105 MSPS ADCs and dual 120 MSPS DACs or the VHS-ADC or VHS-DAC with 8 ADCs or 8 DACs respectively.

These boards make the SignalMasterQuad the ideal choice for applications such as Software Defined Radio (SDR), 3G/4G advanced wireless prototyping, digital radio and GPS receivers and phased array antenna development.

About Kane Computing Ltd
KCL has been providing Image Processing, DSP and high performance computing products for use in industry, education and research since 1987. KCL started life as Sension Advanced Computing, designing, manufacturing and supplying parallel processing products based around the Inmos transputer. In 1995 it became part of Kane International Ltd and subsequently changed its name to Kane Computing. In October 2001 Kane Computing became an independent Company. KCL is a member of TI (Texas Instruments) third party network and is now regarded as the primary source of fully supported development tools for Texas Instruments series of DSPs in the United Kingdom. KCL provides a whole range of products based around Texas Instrument's TMS320 range of DSP's. This includes starter kits, development systems, application boards and emulators. KCL has a policy of continual improvement and operates its business in accordance with the requirements of ISO9001:2000.

About Lyrtech
Lyrtech has more than 20 years of experience in the delivery of advanced digital signal processing solutions to companies worldwide. Serving clients across the Americas, Asia and Europe, Lyrtech offers a full range of design, prototypes and the manufacturing and delivery of DSP value-added products and services. These include DSP/FPGA development platforms, complete turnkey solutions and custom electronic manufacturing services (EMS). The company works in partnership with industry leaders such as Altera, StarCore, Texas Instruments, The MathWorks, and Xilinx. Lyrtech delivers unsurpassed quality and support to its large OEMs customer base, which includes many prestigious names such as Nokia, Nortel, Fujitsu, Sony, GM, Honeywell, Toyota, Honda, BAE Systems and EADS.

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