Universal FPGA module with PCI Express

Universal FPGA module with PCI Express

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A reference design of a SoPC system including a 32-bit Microblaze soft-core processor for use with Xilinx Platform Studio is available free of charge. Windows, Linux, MATLAB, LabView, Visual Basic, C#, C/C++ drivers and a suitable PCIe DMA firmware are under development.

At the heart of the Mars MX2 is a Xilinx Spartan-6 LXT FPGA containing 43,661 logic elements, 116 block RAMs and 58 DSP slices. The module boasts 128 MB of DDR2 SDRAM, 16 MB of Flash, a real-time-clock as well as 108 user I/Os and runs off a single 3.3 V power supply.

The virtually pin-compatible Mars MX1 with two Fast Ethernet interfaces remains available. The SO-DIMM form factor (68x30mm) enables space saving hardware designs and a simple integration of the module into the final product. The company claims that with this modular approach, an application-specific carrier board can usually be implemented on four layers and with a minimum number of components, thus reducing engineering and production costs.

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