Alameda, Calif. - Wind River Systems Inc. last week rolled out a single-board computer to serve as a hardware reference platform for embedded applications using the coprocessing power of a field-programmable gate array and a CPU.
The SBC 405GP is unique in directly linking the FPGA and the CPU's local bus, the company said. "If you use the local bus of your single-board computer to connect directly between the CPU and FPGA, then you don't interfere with the PCI bus and you get better overall performance," said Jonas Larsson, product-marketing manager. The platform includes an FPGA daughtercard co-developed with Xilinx Inc. Plugged onto the SBC 405GP motherboard, it provides a high-speed link between the CPU and FPGA, and lets users reconfigure or reprogram the application at any time.
Powered by IBM's PowerPC 405GP embedded processor, the SBC is designed for use by engineers who are prototyping and developing embedded applications with reconfigurable computing platforms. The SBC 405GP is said to enable rapid bring-up of FPGA/CPU coprocessing hardware, as well as testing and debugging of software. Applications that need such platforms include video imaging, networking, wireless electronics, telecom and defense systems. "Anyone who needs a huge amount of computational power and a reconfigurable platform can use this single-board computer," Larsson said.
The motherboard supports reconfigurable PCI and PCI-mezzanine cards, including several from Alpha Data Parallel Systems Ltd., letting users continuously upgrade the system with the latest FPGAs. Other key components include detailed schematics, a VxWorks board support package and preintegration with all of Wind River's hardware-assisted development tools.
The SBC has been selected as the recommended hardware reference design for the next-generation Virtex-II Pro Platform FPGA from Xilinx. Pricing starts at $2,995.
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