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Design Kit Fires Up DSP Development VMETRO Combines Virtex-5 FPGA with ANSI C on a PMC Card

VMetro and Impulse Accelerated Technologies have announced a DSP development kit, the V5+C, for rapid prototyping and algorithm development. The kit, which includes the latest-generation Impulse C-to-VHDL compiler tools and a VMetro PMC module based on the Xilinx Virtex-5 FPGA, allows system developers to hardware-accelerate DSP algorithms and quickly prototype on an FPGA within an ANSI C environment.

The Impulse C compiler helps bring more software developers into FPGA technologies with the ability to automatically analyze, optimize and translate the original C code to run in parallel on an FPGA to take advantage of the inherent parallel capabilities of FPGA devices. The result is an FPGA solution that outperforms most DSPs or processors. Using the Impulse tools in combination with Xilinx FPGA devices, users can expect to achieve 10x acceleration over their existing microprocessor-based solutions.

The VMetro PMC-FPGA05 included in the V5+C kit is a PMC module with a large-capacity Xilinx Virtex-5 XC5VLX110 FPGA and customizable digital front-panel I/O. The FPGA is boosted by multiple banks of QDR and DDR memory. The PMC-FPGA05 was designed for embedded DSP applications where there is a need for flexible, customizable I/O and FPGA processing on the data stream. There are a number of I/O adapter modules available from VMetro that can be plugged onto the PMC-FPGA05. Customers can also develop their own I/O adapter modules to meet their custom I/O requirements.

The V5+C kit extends the ability to develop DSP algorithms in ANSI C by enabling C applications to directly interface to VMetro-provided hardware IP blocks, eliminating the need for developers to use VHDL to interface their hardware-accelerated algorithms to the VMetro’s IP blocks for the Virtex-5 FPGA. The Impulse C Platform Support Package (PSP) provides C-callable interfaces to the VMetro PMC-FPGA05 PMC module’s PCI-X bus, the QDR and DDR memories, and more.

The V5+C kit includes a PMC-FPGA05 on a PCI-X carrier card along with the Impulse C tools and PSP. Early adopters of this kit receive special factory training and design support on their first algorithm. The discount price for early adopter customers is $9,995.

VMetro
Houston, TX.
(281) 584-0728.
[www.vmetro.com].

Impulse Accelerated Technologies
Kirkland, WA.
(425) 605-9543.
[www.ImpulseC.com].

80 DSP Cores on a Single ATCA Blade RadiSys Packs Quad Cores on Modules with 10 GigE

An Advanced Telecommunications Computing Architecture (ATCA) digital signal processing (DSP) blade is targeted at providing telecommunications equipment manufacturers (TEMs) a way to achieve a low cost-per-port for next-generation VoIP, media processing and media gateway solutions. With an architecture that hosts up to 20 multicore MSC8144 DSPs from Freescale Semiconductor, the Promentum ATCA-9100 Media Resource Module from RadiSys is designed to provide system designers with a time-to-market advantage and ensure their ability to handle future requirements.

Based on a modular design concept that incorporates mezzanines to host DSP “farms,” the ATCA-9100 enables a smooth transition from one generation of DSP to another without a complete overhaul of the blade. RadiSys has developed a proprietary mezzanine form-factor and connector instead of using the AMC form-factor normally associated with ATCA. The current card, for which there are two sites on the ATCA-9100, hosts ten quad-core MSC8144s for a total of 80 DSP cores on the blade. Upgrading to next-generation DSPs can be done by installing new mezzanines rather than replacing the ATCA blade. RadiSys is working with Freescale and its DSP roadmap to provide an ongoing upgrade path.

Ten Gigabit Ethernet fabric connectivity and direct Ethernet access to DSPs give the Promentum ATCA-9100 superior packet and media processing capabilities. Additionally, the module includes Serial Rapid IO (SRIO) switching and support for easy debugging of DSP code, helping to avoid costly project delays that may result from problems that are difficult to debug. The ATCA-9100 provides a complete solution and alleviates TEM application development with the inclusion of onboard carrier-grade Linux, switching software; blade management software; and other APIs. TEMs can either leverage their existing DSP code from prior generations or leverage off-the-shelf DSP software to address their product DSP software needs.

“The need for high-performance solutions that address the demands of TEMs developing applications requiring media processing continues to grow and is stronger than ever,” said Jeff Timbs, marketing director for Freescale’s Networking System Division. “Working with RadiSys, we’re breaking new ground with multicore technology that reaches an outstanding level of performance density for high-capacity infrastructure applications as well as reducing total system cost, board space and power dissipation.”

The Promentum ATCA-9100, with such high-density capability, reduces the hardware footprint in the central office by over 50 percent while attaining the same capacity of media processing over conventional solutions. Additionally, the ATCA-9100 is fully optimized for the RadiSys Promentum SYS-6010, the company’s 10 Gigabit ATCA platform. The SYS-6010 has been adopted for a multitude of customer applications including Radio Network Controllers, Media Gateways, IPTV media routers, Security Gateways and IMS application servers.

Freescale’s MSC8144 takes single-chip DSP integration to a higher level. Combining four StarCore DSP cores at up to 1 GHz each, the device is designed to deliver gigahertz performance, equivalent to a 4 GHz single-core DSP. Additionally, it integrates one of the industry’s largest embedded memories (at 10.5 Mbytes) in a single package, virtually eliminating the need to attach external memories while maintaining a highly competitive cost and power per channel.

RadiSys
Hillsboro, OR.
(503) 615-1100.
[www.radisys.com].