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Embedded FPGA Development Environment Based on AXI4 Interface Protocol

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A Xilinx Virtex-6 based XMC module supports pluggable daughter cards for customizable I/O. In conjunction with the XPedite2300, introduced by Extreme Engineering solutions, is an embedded FPGA development environment based on the AXI4 interface protocol, the XPedite2300 FPGA Development Kit (FDK). The FDK simplifies the development of high-performance, real-time, streaming data applications that run on the XPedite2300 FPGA board.

The FDK includes IP blocks, example FPGA designs, and software to control and communicate with FPGAs. All of the IP blocks included in the FDK interface to the industry-standard AXI4 interconnect. Xilinx supports the AXI4 interface standard in the Virtex-6 to facilitate plug-and-play FPGA design with the goal of shortening time-to-market for customers. The AXI4 interface standard finally brings true reuse to the FPGA industry. Customers can easily integrate FPGA logic based on the AXI4 interconnect from X-ES, Xilinx and other third-parties without having to make any modifications, making it much easier to create working FPGA designs. The use of the AXI4 interface standard has made reuse of IP blocks simple and straightforward for developers.

The XPedite2300 is a conduction-cooled XMC module well suited to data streaming applications that require real-time signal processing, such as video surveillance, signals intelligence and infrared threat detection. It supports the Virtex-6 LX130T, LX195T, LX240T, LX365T, SX315T and SX475T FPGAs. There are initially two daughter cards that can be mounted on the module: a 10-bit, dual, 1.5 GSPS (or single 3.0 GSPS) A/D daughter card and a 14-bit, dual, 2.5 GSPS D/A daughter card. 

The XPedite2300 features include two channels of DDR3 SDRAM, up to 1 Gbyte (512 Mbyte each), volatile and non-volatile FPGA configuration flash plus 128 Mbyte of flash. Interfaces include a 180-pin, high-density, daughter card header for expandable I/O and a 40-pin daughter card header for high-speed serial links. There is front and rear panel I/O support and a x8 PCI Express XMC interface on the Pn5 connector.

Extreme Engineering Solutions, Middleton, WI. (608) 833-1155. [www.xes-inc.com].