Rugged FPGA-based digital I/O XMC card targets avionics and radar/image processing test equipment

September 10, 2012

Toni_McConnel-September 10, 2012

The XF07-523 Digital I/O XMC from Curtiss-Wright Controls Defense Solutions (CWCDS) is the first member of a new family of Xilinx Kintex-7 FPGA based XMC cards for high-end defense and aerospace applications. The XF07-523 provides direct FPGA-driven LVDS I/O through the front panel and PMC/XMC connectors for rear I/O on a fully ruggedized XMC module designed to perform optimally in the harshest conditions, including +85C card edge conduction-cooled solutions.

The new open standards-based XMC module (VITA 42) is the first product to debut in CWCDS’s recently announced broad family of Kintex-7 FPGA-based standard COTS analog, digital and fibre optic XMC cards. This high performance module is ideal for use in a wide range of applications that require high-speed FPGA based digital I/O such as avionics, radar, digital imaging, and FPGA co-processor and other test equipment.


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Kintex-7 FPGAs offer high-density logic, high-performance serial connectivity, memory, and DSP capabilities to enable higher system-level performance and the next level of integration. Fabricated on a high-performance, low-power (HPL) 28nm process, all Xilinx 7 series FPGAs – which includes the Artix-7, Kintex-7, and Virtex-7 FPGAs– share a scalable optimized architecture that enables design migration across the families. System manufacturers can easily scale successful designs to address adjacent markets requiring reduced cost and power or increased performance and capability. The adoption of AMBA 4, AXI4 specification as part of the interconnect strategy supporting Plug-and-Play FPGA design further improves productivity with IP reuse, portability, and predictability.

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