Embedded PC for Instrumentation & Control with FPGA Core & Configurable FMC I/O

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A platform for embedded instrumentation combines an Atom or i7 PC running Windows/Linux/VxWorks with a Xilinx Kintex7 FPGA plus dual, industry-compliant FPGA mezzanine card (FMC) I/O sites. The SBC-K7 from Innovative Integration incorporates a Type-6 COM Express module, which provides full PC software and hardware compatibility. Available variants support Intel dual-core Atom (consuming just 6W) or quad-core i7 processors (45W) and up to 16 Gbyte DDR3 RAM. Gigabit Ethernet, USB, SATA, DisplayPort, touchscreen LCD, RS-232/485, ultra-low-jitter programmable sample clock generation and PCI Express connectivity are standard.

The FPGA computing core features the Xilinx Kintex 7 FPGA family, from K325T to K410T. The K410T provides 1540 DSP MAC elements operating at up to 500 MHz and 400K logic cells. The FPGA core has two LPDDR2 DRAM memory banks providing 512 Mbyte x 16-bit and 1024 Mbyte x 32-bit, respectively.

Two FMC I/O sites are provided. High pin count (HPC)-compatible site 0 features 80 LVDS pairs connected to the FPGA, plus clocks, controls and eight lanes of PCIe Gen2 connectivity. Low pin count (LPC)-compatible site 1 provides eight Gen2 PCIe lanes, 22 HB and 34 LB differential pairs pins—perfect for connection to custom-designed user hardware. Innovative offers an expanding line of FMC analog and digital I/O modules that can be readily customized to meet customer requirements.

For system communications, the SBC-K7 includes dual 1 Gbit Ethernet, two USB3 and two USB2 ports. The Ethernet and USB ports provide instant connectivity to host PCs and networks. A USB client port also allows operation as a USB device. 10 Gbit communications are available via optional FMC modules. The 10 Gbit Ethernet port connects directly to the FPGA, providing sustained “wire speed” rates of ~1Gbyte/s over a fiber optic connection. Power consumption is <30W (K325T FPGA) excluding FMC and operates from a 9-32V input. Air- and conduction-cooled versions are available rated for -40° to +85°C, with up to 5G vibration.

The FPGA logic can be fully customized using VHDL/Verilog or MatLab using the Frame Work Logic toolset. Real-time hardware-in-the-loop development using the graphical Simulink block diagrams is supported. IP cores for signal processing applications such down-conversion, demodulation and FFT are also available. Software tools for host development include C++ libraries and drivers for Windows and Linux. Application examples demonstrate card use and features.

Innovative Integration, Simi Valley, CA. (805) 578-4260. [].