Innovative Integration introduced the ePC-K7 embedded system. It is a user-customizable, turnkey embedded instrument. The ePC-K7 features the Xilinx Kintex-7 325T/410T FPGA. It includes a full Windows/Linux PC and supports a wide variety of FMC modules. The ePC-K7 is ideal for wireless, industrial control, military hardware, medical imaging, telecom/intelligence, and test & measurement applications.
WinSystems launched the PXM-UIO96-2, which is a SUMIT-ISM compatible digital I/O module. The device is designed for high-speed interfacing, and features 96 lines. The PXM-UIO96-2 can monitor all 96 lines for both rising and falling digital edge transitions, latch them, and then interrupt the host processor notifying it that a change-of-input status has occurred. The WinSystems PXM-UIO96-2 is available now for $195 each (in OEM quantities).
GE Intelligent Platforms introduces the SPR507B, which is a 4-Channel serial FPDP interface PMC/XMC module. The GE SPR507B features a Xilinx Virtex-6 FPGA, up to 4.25 Gbaud per link, four ports (1.4 Gigabytes/second), and 1 GByte of high speed on-board storage (FIFO). The board is designed for high-speed remote data transfer at the industry’s fastest rates. It is ideal for applications where the input from multiple sensors, such as in radar or sonar, is to be gathered for back-end processing.
WinSystems rolled out the PCM-SDIO module. The PCM-SDIO is PC/104-compliant and features four asynchronous serial ports and forty-eight lines of digital I/O. It is based on a FPGA with both 16C554 UART and WS16C48 digital I/O-compatible cores. The WinSystems PCM-SDIO is a replacement and is pin compatible for the company’s PCM-UIO48A and PCM-COM4A serial and parallel PC/104 compatible I/O boards. The PCM-SDIO-144 PC/104-compliant module is available now for $249 each.
Ambarella introduced the A7 IP Camera SoC for video surveillance applications. The Ambarella A7 features an ARM CPU, multi-streaming 1080p60 H.264 encoder, up to 500 MHz pixel capture rate (equivalent to 8 Megapixels at 60 frames per second), and power consumption of less than 1.5 Watts. The chip’s 3D motion compensated noise reduction eliminates the motion smearing and ghosting artifacts that are commonly associated with motion adaptive 3D filtering. The Ambarella A7 IP Camera SoC is sampling now.
The new configurable Intel Atom processor E600C series features an Intel Atom E600 processor (formerly codenamed Tunnel Creek) and an Altera field programmable gate array (FPGA) in a single package. Prices of the E600C processors, formerly codenamed Stellarton, range from $61 to $106 in quantities of 1,000. The Intel Atom processors E665CT, E645CT, E665C, and E645C are scheduled to be available within two months. The E625CT and E625C will be available in the first quarter of 2011. The new Intel E600C processors are ideal for industrial machines, portable medical equipment, communications gear, vision systems, voice over Internet protocol devices, high-performance programmable logic controllers and embedded systems.
CommAgility introduced the AMC-2C6616 and AMC-2C6670 AdvancedMC modules. The AMC-2C6616 features the TI TMS320TCI6616 System-on-Chip (SoC) base station, and is ideal for LTE wireless base station applications, including development, trials and final deployment in the field. The AMC-2C6670 is based on the TI TMS320C6670 digital signal processor (DSP), and is ideal for high-performance applications in the mission critical, including public safety and defense, medical and high-end imaging and test and automation and other multicore high performance applications. The AMC-2C6616 and AMC-2C6670 will be sampling in January 2011.
The Acromag APMC4110 busless PMC module carrier card enables the use of a PMC module in an independent stand-alone mode. The APMC4110 carrier card powers a PMC module and regulates the PCI bus start-up sequence to prevent a system lock-up by the connection to the local bus. For troubleshooting, a 14-pin Xilinx JTAG connector facilitates boundary scan debugging. Pricing for the Acromag APMC4110 starts at $275. The busless carrier card is ideal for custom computing applications based on a re-configurable FPGA module operating independently of VME, CompactPCI, or other bus-level resources.
System integration continues to drive the semiconductor design market. This is most obvious when looking at the increased system integration associated with System on Chip (SoC) design over the last few years. Integrating complex hardware features with complex software applications onto one silicon device makes the validation process for today’s SoC designs a tricky one to say the least.
What have been increasingly popular to aid in this complex validation process are FPGA prototype systems. They run extremely fast, almost as fast as the production SoC, and have doubled in capacity every 18 months for the last 5 years. They also enable real world system interfaces to DDRAM, PCI, Ethernet, while using high-speed serial interfaces over 10 Gb/s.
Despite their current strides in speed, capacity, and real world high-speed interfaces, using these FPGA devices to help verify and validate SoC designs are difficult at best due to the many and long FPGA P&R compile times and poor visibility. InPA Systems proposes to address these issues with their active debug and full visibility technology.
Mercury Computer Systems introduced Echotek Series RFM-1802RF with Synthesizer ADV-1800S Dual-Channel Wideband Microwave Tuner, DCM-V6-XMC Digital Transceiver, and DCM-V5-VXS Virtex-5 Based FPGA Digital Receiver for Electronic Warfare (EW) applications. The new Echotek Series products integrate open-standards technology across the signal processing chain to enhance EW capabilities for the warfighter.