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11/16/2010 08:21 PM EST
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Evgeni
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Evgeni   11/18/2010 5:57:46 PM
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I worked on a product with external PCI Express x4. It's SerialTek SAS/SATA protocol analyzer: http://serialtek.com/ It requires a special daughter card for connecting to a desktop, and ExpressCard adapter for laptops. Thanks, Evgeni

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Max The Magnificent   11/18/2010 2:45:36 PM
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Thanks for the heads-up Mike -- Max

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Max The Magnificent   11/18/2010 2:44:53 PM
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Very interesting -- thanks for the info -- Max

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MSquared_#1   11/18/2010 1:20:22 PM
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Hi Max, Your readers looking to transfer lots of data, particularly machine vision data, should consider Camera Link technology capable of 850 MBytes/sec, on 2 cables, with 5 to 10 meters of reach. More information is available at www.machinevisionline.org. The next generation of Camera Link is Camera Link HS, currently under development by an AIA sponsored committee. DALSA offers HSLINK product utilizing an early version of the protocol. Visit http://www.dalsa.com/mv/knowledge/hslink.aspx to down load an introduction to the technology used in Camera Link HS. Briefly it uses 8b/10b technology and is capable of 2 Gbytes/sec of data transfer on a single 15 meter cable.(Infiniband or CX4 style cable) Low latency real time triggers transferred accross the cable with about 100ns delay and pk-pk jitter of 3.2ns differentiate Camera Link HS from any other serial protocol. At single lane bandwidths of 300 MBytes/sec the committee has approved the use of SFP fibre optic transmission media for greater distances. The protocol has been designed to migrate easily to 10Gbps serdes from the current 3.125Gbps readily available today. The committee is working toward a summer 2011 release of the standard. Cameras use the Camera Link transfer technology because it simplifes camera design while the complexities of transfering data to the host via PCIe are handled by framegrabber cards. Regards Mike Miethig Chair of Camera Link HS committee

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Ivan Garcia   11/18/2010 8:58:13 AM
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Hello Max, We don't have any experience with Opal Kelly's modules but we have been developing a comprehensive product line based on External PCI Express since 2007 with extremely good results. The first product of this family, the PEV_1100 (http://www.ioxos.ch/boards.html) uses a PCIe x4 copper connection (up to 7 meters) and our next generation products are extending the capabilities with PCIe x4 optical connections (up to 100 meters). The main application is to have transparent access (through memory and I/O virtualization) to one or more VME crates in order to control them from a standard PC and/or increase the computing power of a whole system by interfacing the VME crates with multi-core servers. Mil/Aero, Physics and Telecommunications are the main industries using these systems. In all our products the PCI Express Interface is embedded in a high-end FPGA which also implements the VME bridge, memory controllers with DMA and even allocates a user area for custom applications following a real Network on Chip (NoC) approach. External PCI Express is a very powerful interface, standard (PCI-SIG specification) and scalable (up to x16). Current GEN 2 (5 Gbit/s per lane) is supported by latest high-end FPGAs, doubling the bandwidth of the previous generation.

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Max The Magnificent   11/16/2010 8:41:02 PM
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Have you used any of Opal Kelly's modules for an interesting project? If so, please share with the rest of us...

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