Elkridge, Md. Embedded Systems Design Inc. (ESD) has released the StreamBlade MiniFX, a 3.5 x 3.0-inch FPGA-based board, for processing real-time streaming data. Applications include telecommunications protocol processing, software-defined radio (SDR), and real-time streaming data for video and voice processing, generation, recording, and playback.
Providing a software infrastructure and hardware building blocks for developers to prototype and build distributed FPGA-based processing systems, the MiniFX is designed to implement one quarter of the StreamBlade SOE-4 board's functions and interface with a customer's dual ADC board.
The MiniFX receives streaming data IF samples from two ADCs; performs SDR functions, computes steering vectors (used for direction finding), and provides results via Gigabit Ethernet. Using Ethernet to implement a distributed computer backplane, configuration, and control, the MiniFX allows developers to take full advantage of its configured Xilinx Virtex-4 FPGA available with a FX20, FX40, or FX60.
The board supports a 10/100/1000 Ethernet port, two serial ports, plus an assortment of LVDS connectors which enable direct user-configurable access to the FPGA. With 128 MB of DDR2 SDRAM, developers can use the MiniFX as a dual PPC405 processing board, a pure FPGA processing board, or for combined hardware/software boundary processing.
The boards are delivered with the MiniFX Development Kit, which is compliant with Xilinx EDK 8.2i and includes sample applications. System-on-FPGA (SoFPGA) reference designs are provided including cores for DDR2 SDRAM control. The development kit also includes utilities for loading FPGA bit streams and PPC405 elf files into MiniFX flash memory.
Pricing: MiniFX boards are priced at $2,500.00 in single quantities, configured with FX60 FPGAs.
Availability: Delivery for the MiniFX processing boards, part number SB-MiniFX, is eight weeks ARO.
Product information: StreamBlade boards
Embedded Systems Design, Inc., www.embedded-sys.com