Pender Electronic Design Announces Compact PCI xc2v6000 Development Board
Company Expands Product Offering for FPGA and 32-bit LEON Open Source VHDL Processor Development. The new GR-CPCI-XC2V board provides a larger capacity FPGA and is implemented in a Compact PCI format with all the necessary interfaces for LEON development.
Zurich, Switzerland---Pender Electronic Design has announced the availability of its new product for FPGA development. The GR-CPCI-XC2V board is a Compact PCI format development board which has been developed in cooperation with Gaisler Research especially to support the early development and fast prototyping of LEON 32 bit microprocessor designs. Although suitable for general purpose Xilinx Virtex II FPGA development, the incorporation of on-board volatile and non-volatile memory interfaces, together with serial and Ethernet interfaces makes this board ideal for implementing LEON designs, both for the current LEON-2 and the up-coming higher performance LEON-3. This board, incorporating a Xilinx Virtex II field programmable gate array, is capable of operating either as a stand-alone board, or as a Compact PCI plug-in card in either the System slot or Peripheral slots. An adapter is available which allows the Compact PCI board to also be installed in a PCI slot of a standard PC. The board includes a Xilinx XC2V6000 FPGA, Ethernet interface, Debug Support Serial Port, SDRAM, flash memory, and can be optionally fitted with SRAM. Sample LEON configurations and software compiler tools are provided. This product complements an Virtex-II XC2V3000 based development board available in 'classic' PCI format .
The LEON microprocessor
The LEON processor is a synthesizable VHDL model of a 32-bit processor with an instruction set compatible with the SPARC V8 instruction set. The Leon processor was initially developed by Gaisler while at the European Space Agency to provide a high performance fault tolerant processor for space applications, but has been further developed by Gaisler Research to expand its applications. To enable development of system-on-a-chip (SOC) devices using the LEON core, the full VHDL source code is freely available under the GNU LGPL license.
Pricing and Availability
The GR-CPCI-XC2V board is priced at 5950 Euro, Exw. Zurich, with immediate availability. Product Documentation and information on accessories can be downloaded from www.pender.ch. Source code for the LEON-2 processor can be downloaded together with evaluation versions of software tools and simulators.
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