WIXOM, Mich., 10 Feb. 2011. Acromag in Wixom, Mich., is introducing a series of Express Mezzanine Card (XMC)embedded computing modules based on the Xilinx Spartan-6 field-programmable gate array (FPGA) for budget- and time-constrained DSP, logic, and algorithm embedded computing applications.These XMC modules still provide computing power for custom signal processing and algorithm acceleration with the FPGA's integrated digital signal processing (DSP), logic, and memory resources.Acromag supports the FPGA with a PCI Express interface, memory, and access to field I/O signals. Typical uses include hardware simulation, in-circuit diagnostics, communications, signal intelligence, and image processing.Field I/O interfaces to the FPGA via the rear J4/P4 connector and/or with optional front mezzanine I/O extension modules. 64 I/O or 32 LVDS lines are accessible through the rear connector. Acromag's plug-in AXM mezzanine cards provide additional I/O processing capabilities. A variety of these AXM mezzanine I/O cards are available to provide front-end 14-bit 105 MHz A/D conversions or an interface for CMOS digital I/O, RS-485 differential signals, or extra LVDS I/O lines.
All models employ the logic-optimized SLX150 version of the Spartan-6 FPGA, which provides 147,433 logic cells and 180 DSP slices. Units are ready for conduction-cooled systems and offer an option to upgrade with extended temperature range parts suitable for -40 to 85 degrees Celsius operation.
For integration of the boards with embedded Windows applications, Acromag developed a DLL driver software package for compatibility with Microsoft Visual C++, and Visual Basic. For real time and open-source applications, Acromag offers C libraries for VxWorks, Linux, and other operating systems.
For more information contact Acromag online at www.acromag.com.