The folks at Tabula have just announced the immediate availability of a development kit to accelerate the creation of designs based on their ABAX family of 3PLDs (which I think of as 3D FPGAs). This comprehensive development system will aid FPGA and ASIC designers to implement and test a rich variety of parallel and serial interfaces such as DDR3 and PCI Express Gen2, as well as embedded systems based on the popular V1 ColdFire soft CPU.
The ABAX 3PLD development kit is the first platform available to feature a high-performance, low cost ABAX A1EC04 3PLD, providing 390,000 LUTs, 5.5 MBytes of RAM blocks, and 48 channels of 6.5Gbps SerDes.
The development kit is equipped with a large amount of off-chip memory – x36 72 MB of QDRII
RAM and x72 1GB DDR3 RAM via an LP-DIMM socket. The combination of ABAX unmatched user memory and high-performance SerDes, with the rich off-chip memory and interface capabilities available on the board are critical for designing next generation communications infrastructure, industrial, medical, test, and military/aerospace applications. The development kit comes with access to the Company’s advanced Stylus software cloud computing environment, enabling designers to use Stylus and its familiar design flow in a cost effective and secure manner.
“The ABAX 3PLD development kit reinforces Tabula’s strategy to offer customers Spacetime’s breakthrough price/performance advantages by delivering a robust development environment which combines the unmatched feature set of our ABAX 3PLDs with our Stylus software deployed in an advanced cloud computing platform."
said Nupur Shah, Director of Applications at Tabula. "We have seen a growing number of applications seeking programmability for which FPGAs have been previously too expensive. High performance and value are the clear requirements from our customers and drawing on our extensive library of soft IP and scalable reference designs, our development kit provides developers a comprehensive platform for implementing and testing their ABAX-based designs, delivering scalability and efficiency for demanding applications."
The ABAX Development Kit includes:
– PCIe Plug-In Card featuring an ABAX A1EC04 3PLD, providing a wealth of high-speed interfaces:
- Five Ethernet 10/100/1000
- x1 and x8 PCI Express connectors
- SFP connectors
- Third-party application-specific FPGA Mezzanine Cards (FMC)
– Reference designs which demonstrate
- PCI-Express Gen1/Gen2
- Ethernet 10/100/1000/10000
- V1 ColdFire sub-system
- DDR3 memory interface
– Access to Stylus cloud-computing software environment
– CD-ROM with kit documentation, tutorial and firmware
Pricing and availability
The ABAX 3PLD development kit is available today and is priced at $7,500. To learn more or order the DEVK-A1EC04HFC45-B development kit, please visit www.tabula.com/products/devkits