FPGA mezzanine card meets COTS-based system requirements for mission-critical apps

March 05, 2013

Toni_McConnel-March 05, 2013

Texas Instruments Incorporated (TI) and 4DSP have collaborated on a new mezzanine card, the FMC667, for mission critical applications. 4DSP’s FMC667 mezzanine card, based on the emerging FMC form factor, includes TI’s KeyStone-based TMS320C6678 multicore digital signal processor (DSP), DRAM memory and peripherals.

4DSP’s FMC667 card is designed for applications where an FPGA and DSP act as co-processors, such as video, telecom infrastructure, imaging, medical and wireless infrastructure markets. Mechanically and electrically compliant to the FMC standard (ANSI/VITA 57.1), the FMC667 module has a high-pin count connector and can be used in a conduction-cooled environment. Additionally, the card is also equipped with power supply and temperature monitoring, offering several power-down modes to switch off unused functions and peripheral interfaces.

TI's C6678 functional diagram

TI’s C6678 multicore DSPs deliver 10 GHz with fixed- and floating-point performance on a single device for increased precision, a key requirement for mission critical systems. Additionally, the C6678 multicore DSPs increase system capabilities by consolidating the functionality of multiple DSPs onto a single device, saving board space and cost and alleviating the challenge of size, weight and power (SwaP), as well as reducing overall clock rates and power consumptions.

The FMC667 mezzanine card will be available on March 15.

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