Curtiss-Wright introduces rugged FPGA-based I/O XMC card for military electronics applications

HIGH WYCOMBE, England, 11 Feb. 2009. Curtiss-Wright Controls Embedded Computing in High Wycombe, England, is introducing the XMC-FPGA05D I/O mezzanine card for military electronics applications such as imaging, direct sensor interfacing and system control for military radar, tracking systems, and signals intelligence (SIGINT).

HIGH WYCOMBE, England, 11 Feb. 2009. Curtiss-Wright Controls Embedded Computing in High Wycombe, England, is introducing the XMC-FPGA05D I/O mezzanine military board product for military electronics applications such as imaging, direct sensor interfacing and system control for military radar, tracking systems, and signals intelligence (SIGINT).

This military FPGA-based board product combines a user-programmable field-programmable gate array (FPGA) and configurable I/O on one card. The PMC/XMC card, available in air- and conduction-cooled versions, takes full advantage of its on-board Virtex-5 FPGA to control the I/O interface and deliver as many as 138 signals, such as A-D converter, D-A converter, camera link, RS485, LVDS, from its front panel, and as many as 64 signals from the backplane via the host card.

The XMC-FPGA05D accommodates high-density application specific I/O schemes supported by front-panel I/O personality modules. Personality modules are available from Curtiss-Wright for ADC, DAC, LVDS, RS485, Camera Link and other popular I/O types. Non front-panel I/O is supported through the PMC P14 and XMC 16 I/O.

The XMC-FPGA05D routes two x8 Virtex-5 FPGA RocketIO HSS ports to the XMC P15 and P16 connectors enabling the card to be used with a variety of protocols and connectivity types. The card supports a x8/x4 PCI Express (PCIe) channel through its primary XMC P15 connector using the Virtex-5 FPGA's built-in PCIe end-point block. Alternatively, the XMC P15 and P16 connectors can be used to provide user-defined protocol support over the data links, such as Aurora for higher bandwidth, lower latency operation.

A PCI/PCI-X interface to the PMC connectors supports as many as 64-bit, 133 MHz PCI-X operation. An on-board switch is used to determine whether the board powers up using the PCI-X or PCI Express interface.

For more information contact Curtiss-Wright online at www.cwcontrols.com.

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