This is a strange coincidence, because just the other day I was talking to a design engineer friend who was moaning and groaning about problems he was having with regard to evaluating components from different semiconductor and sensor vendors (he designs and builds wireless mesh monitor and control nodes that have all sorts of sensors and actuators plugged into them).
And now I discover that there's a jolly interesting whitepaper on the Opal Kelly website that addresses just this issue (Click Here to see this paper).
The idea is to use your PC as the application host and to leverage a commercially-available off-the-shelf (COTS) base board coupled with a small customized application card, as illustrated below:
One of the examples discussed in this paper is to use an Opal Kelly Shuttle LX1 as the base board as illustrated below. The Shuttle LXI includes a Low Pin-Count (LPC) FMC connector and is said to be the industry’s smallest and least expensive FMC carrier card (base board).
About the size of a credit card, the Shuttle LX1 board includes a high-speed USB 2.0 controller, a Xilinx Spartan-6 FPGA, and 128 Megabytes of DDR2 SDRAM. Meanwhile, this example also features a CMOS image sensor presented on a mezzanine card that plugs directly into the Shuttle LX1 board.
Of course I've presented only a tempting teaser here – you really need to check out the full-up version of the 17-page whitepaper on the Opal Kelly Website by Clicking Here
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