Carrier card targets sensor applications

Louise Smyth

Board and system maker VadaTech has developed an FPGA module based on the largest Virtex UltraScale FPGA.

The AMC596 supports the Xilinx XCVU440, the largest of the UltraScale FPGAs, with 8GB of 64-bit wide DDR4 to allow large buffer sizes to be stored during processing as well as for queuing the data to the host, as well as an on-board PowerPC P2040 processor in an FLGA2892 package.

The additional connectivity provided by PinoutPlus, with over 250 Gbit/s between neighbouring modules, makes the product suitable for ASIC emulation and demanding sensor processing applications.

The AMC596 is compliant to the AMC.1, AMC.2, AMC.3 and/orAMC.4 specification and the module provides 20 SERDES lanes on tongue 2, providing high-bandwidth connectivity to another module at a very high speed. The use of the tongue 2 connector complies with the AMC.0 specification.

The on-board, re-configurable FPGA interfaces to a LVDS Cross Bar Switch (CBS). The on-board quad core P2040 runs at 1.2GHz with 1GB of DDR3, 128 MB of Boot Flash, and a 32GB SD Card. The PPC has x4 PCIe interface to the FPGA in addition to its local bus.

The PPC has its dual GbE routed to ports 0 and 1 of the AMC via a mux to allow FPGA routing to the ports as well.

With common architecture and supporting VHDL, users can easily port applications from one form factor to another to meet different environmental and market requirements. These include PCIe edge, VPX and AMC form factors.