Acromag Introduces APCe8675 Carrier Card

Acromag APCe8675 carrier card

Acromag introduced the APCe8675 carrier card. The APCe8675 enables a PC to communicate with an XMC mezzanine module over a PCI Express (PCIe) bus. The Acromag carrier card is a simple and cost-effective solution for test advanced systems for defense and aerospace applications that will be deployed later on rugged embedded computer platforms such as VME, VPX, or CompactPCI. Pricing for the standard APCe8675 model starts at $700.

Acromag APCe8675 carrier card block diagram

Acromag APCe8675 Carrier Card Features

  • One XMC module slot
  • 8-lane PCI Express interface
  • Cooling fan
  • Supports high-speed serial interface between neighboring cards using protocols such as XAUI or Aurora
  • Routes 32 differential pairs to rear connector for LVDS I/O from the XMC module
  • JTAG programming connector supports Xilinx programmer for use in with hosted FPGA modules
  • Auxilliary power connection for 12V source

The APCe8675 carrier cards are ideal for high-performance industrial and scientific research computing systems. System developers can insert Acromag’s FPGA modules or other XMC modules on the carrier card to perform a variety of signal processing functions. The carrier’s PCIe x8 interface supports up to eight serial lanes for rapid data transfer between the plug-in XMC module and the host computer.

The APCe8675 carrier card’s XMC socket interfaces up to eight serial I/O lanes to the carrier’s PCIe x8 edge connector. The other XMC socket routes to a pair of 4-lane serial ports for board-to-board connections that support up to five high-speed (5Gb/s) transmit/receive differential or LVDS pairs. A 64-pin PMC rear I/O socket routes 32 LVDS I/O to a SCSI port for additional board-to-board communication.

An integrated fan provides a constant airflow across the XMC module since most PCs cannot provide sufficient cooling to dissipate heat generated by large FPGA devices. The carrier card is also ready for use with a conduction cooling thermal frame.

More info: Acromag APCe8675 Carrier Card (pdf)