XMC board uses Stratix IV for network-centric application development - Embedded.com

XMC board uses Stratix IV for network-centric application development

The 4S-XMC (4SXM) is the latest addition to the BittWare S4 family of board-level signal processing solutions and is based on Altera Corp.'s Stratix IV family of FPGAs.

The XMC board was designed for network-centric application development and uses the Stratix IV GX FPGA to provide completely reconfigurable high performance signal processing.

Four small form-factor pluggable (SFP) transceivers enable support of virtually any serial communication standard, including Fibre Channel, Gigabit Ethernet, SONET, CPRI, and OBSAI. The four SFP SerDes channels are connected directly to the on-board Altera Stratix IV GX FPGA which handles the higher level communications protocols.

The 4SXM provides scalable FPGA-based signal processing for VME, VXS, VPX, cPCI, AdvancedTCA, and PCI Express systems with extreme bandwidth requirements.

A 28-bit SFP control bus is also available to the Stratix IV GX. Eight multi-gigabit SerDes lanes supporting PCI Express, Serial RapidIO, or 10 GigE, and 44 general purpose digital I/O signals are available via the board's rear panel. The 4SXM provides on-board memory, including QDRII+ SRAM and Flash.

The 4SXM is compatible with BittWare's GTV6 or any other standard VME, VXS, VPX, CompactPCI, AdvancedTCA, or PCI Express carrier board equipped with an XMC interface. The board complies with the VITA 42.0 XMC standard, the VITA 42.2 Serial RapidIO standard, and the VITA 42.3 XMC PCI Express Protocol standard. The primary XMC connector (J15) provides eight SerDes lanes directly to the Stratix IV GX, while XMC J14 provides 44 general-purpose digital I/O signals to the FPGA.

The 4SXM is available now priced at under $5,000 in OEM quantities.

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