Curtiss-Wright Controls boosts speed on ADC FMC card

HIGH WYCOMBE, U.K., 22 March 2010. Curtiss-Wright Controls Embedded Computing, a business group of Curtiss-Wright Controls and a designer and manufacturer of commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) VME, VPX, VXS, and CompactPCI products for the aerospace and defense (A&D) market, has announced the availability of a higher-performance, faster version of its ADC510 FPGA Mezzanine Card (FMC/VITA 57) module.

Mar 22nd, 2010

Posted by Courtney E. Howard

HIGH WYCOMBE, U.K., 22 March 2010. Curtiss-Wright Controls Embedded Computing, a business group of Curtiss-Wright Controls and a designer and manufacturer of commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) VME, VPX, VXS, and CompactPCI products for the aerospace and defense (A&D) market, has announced the availability of a higher-performance, faster version of its ADC510 FPGA Mezzanine Card (FMC/VITA 57) module.

Featuring two enhanced Texas Instruments ADC devices, the ADC510 delivers sampling performance increased to 550MSPS with analog bandwidths >1.7GHz. Available in both air-cooled and conduction-cooled rugged versions, the ADC510 is targeted at DSP applications, such as Signal Intelligence (SIGINT), Electronic Counter Measures (ECM), and Radar. The ADC510 makes it easier and faster for system developers to integrate FPGAs into embedded system designs.

The ADC510 now supports two Texas Instruments ADS54RF63 ADC devices with each device supporting a sampling rate up to 550 MSPS and providing 12-bits of digital output. The ADC device interfaces are routed to the FMC connector to enable an FPGA on a baseboard to directly control and receive data. A choice of sample clock sources exists for the ADC510, including an onboard source that supports sampling rates of 300, 320, 400, and 500 MSPS, as well as the ability to utilize an external sample clock. Input and output triggers are provided to enable multiple ADC510 modules to be synchronized to increase the number of input channels.

It complements Curtiss-Wright Controls' growing family of high-speed ADC FMC cards, including the ADC512, FMC-520, and FMC-XCLK2, providing a complete ADC/DAC solution for DSP applications.

FMCs address the needs of FPGA-centric I/O by enabling I/O devices that reside on an industry-standard mezzanine card to be attached to, and directly controlled by, FPGAs that reside on a baseboard.

The benefits of FMCs are a small footprint, reduced I/O bottlenecks, increased flexibility, and reduced cost by removing redundant interfaces. An FMC module is about half the size of a PMC mezzanine module. T

o maximize data throughput and minimize latency, the FMC connector has many pins that support high-speed signals for moving data between the FMC and an FPGA on the baseboard. FMCs are ideal for high-speed analog I/O, digital I/O, fiber-optics, memory, or even a DSP co-processor.

HDL example code is available for the ADC510 for integration into the HDL development suite for Curtiss-Wright Controls' FPGA baseboards. The ADC510 is provided with HDL example code to simplify and speed integration into the HDL development suite for integration with Curtiss-Wright Controls' FPGA host boards.

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