Agilent Technologies Inc. today introduced the U5340A FPGA development kit. The kit is powered by a custom Mentor Graphics design engine. The U5340A enables customers to deploy advanced real-time signal processing into the FPGAs on board Agilent high-speed digitizers. The kit leverages the full density and speed of the FPGA while ensuring the digitizer’s multi-gigasample-per-second performance.
The FPGA development kit enables original equipment manufacturers and researchers to easily design in high-speed signal acquisition and analysis. This software tool can help companies and research institutions protect their intellectual property and shorten time-to-market as they develop technologies for high-end applications such as medical imaging, environmental monitoring, time-of-flight spectroscopy and radar.
The custom Mentor Graphics design engine—including HDL Author, ModelSim PE and Precision Synthesis—is embedded in the development kit to support the design, synthesis, simulation and validation of signal-processing algorithms. Place-and-route and a bitfile-generation engines are included, also providing debugging capabilities.
To help users focus on creating solutions, the FPGA development kit also includes the following elements: a library of building blocks, from basic gates to dual-port RAM memories; a set of IP cores; and ready-to-use scripts that handle all aspects of the automated build flow. A full-speed design example and companion software ensure efficient system integration.
All cores are based on the AMBA AXI4 standard for easy integration and efficient use of their high-performance capabilities. Pre-synthesized and area-constrained IP cores accelerate the build and ensure repeatable results. The FPGA development kit also embeds complete calibration capabilities to ensure the unmatched analog performance of Agilent digitizers when used with end-user firmware.