Portland, Ore.Opal Kelly is shipping its fastest FPGA USB 2.0 integration module, the XEM5010, which is based on a powerful Xilinx Virtex-5 FPGA, and delivers 256-Mbytes DDR2, 36-Mbit synchronous SRAM, 32-Mbit flash, and up to 200 high-speed user I/Os.
Based on an XC5VLX50 Xilinx Virtex-5 FPGA, the XEM5010 packs power into its small footprint of just 3.35-in. x 2.40-in. x 0.69-in. In addition to a high gate-count, high-performance FPGA, the XEM5010 uses the high transfer rate of USB 2.0 for configuration downloads, enabling an almost instant reprogramming of the FPGA.
Opal Kelly's FrontPanel software interface, included with the module, is an easy-to-use and robust API for communication, configuration, and interfacing to the PC. FrontPanel handles all the interaction between the PC software and the FPGA internals, reducing the time and effort required to interface to a design. Its multi-platform API is available for Microsoft Windows XP/Vista, Mac OS X, and Linux, with a variety of languages including C, C++, C#, Ruby, Python and Java.
In addition, the Virtex-5 device on the XEM5010 is fully supported by the latest Xilinx WebPack toolchain, available at no charge from Xilinx.
Pricing: Ranges from $1,499.95 with volume discounts available.
Availability: Immediately, off-the-shelf.
Datasheet: Click here.
David Patterson, known for his pioneering research that led to RAID, clusters and more, is part of a team at UC Berkeley that recently made its RISC-V processor architecture an open source hardware offering. We talk with Patterson and one of his colleagues behind the effort about the opportunities they see, what new kinds of designs they hope to enable and what it means for today’s commercial processor giants such as Intel, ARM and Imagination Technologies.