Four-channel serial Front-Panel Data Port (FPDP) interface PMC/XMC module introduced by GE

HUNTSVILLE, Ala., 2 May 2012. GE Intelligent Platforms in Huntsville, Ala., is introducing the SPR507B four-channel serial Front-Panel Data Port (FPDP) interface PMC/XMC module for military embedded systems such as sonar or radar signal processing systems that gather inputs from several sensors for back-end processing. The module can help embedded computing designers save several chassis slots, GE (NYSE:GE) officials say.

The board uses a Xilinx Virtex-6 field-programmable gate array (FPGA) to move data as quickly as 4.25 gigabits per second per link, or a total bandwidth across its four ports of about 1.4 gigabytes per second. The SPR507B also can be deployed in confined spaces that subject to extremes of heat, shock, and vibration. The SPR507B includes one gigabyte of high-speed on-board storage in a FIFO (individual per channel) configuration programmable in depth.

The module is available in PCI Mezzanine Card (PMC) format for legacy systems or in Express Mezzanine Card (XMC) format for modern systems. The SPR507B can take inputs from optical fibers as long as six miles with the choice of single mode fiber.

The SPR507B FPGA-centric design also enables designers to make future updates of the board's serial FPDP implementation by upgrading the FPDP specification as a firmware update.

For more information contact GE Intelligent Platforms online at

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