FMC and VPX Enable Rapid Development of Embedded Products


The VMEbus has been the standard of embedded system design for three decades. In the defense industry, for instance, it is typically used for such applications as signal acquisition and processing. As FPGA technology has advanced to feature improved analog-to-digital and digital-to-analog devices, new industry standards, better I/O, more memory, additional DSP options and more efficient power usage, a move to the next generation of VMEbus-based systems has been necessary to make the best use of those resources.

The embedded industry developed the VPX standard as a successor to VMEbus. VPX supports the switched fabrics of VMEbus-based systems over a new high-speed connector, and PCI Express, RapidIO, Infiniband, and 10 Gigabit Ethernet are therefore replacing traditional communications bus architectures. Switched fabric technology supports multiprocessing systems that require the fastest possible communication between multiple processors for DSP applications. Additionally, the FPGA Mezzanine Card (FMC) enables engineers to take full advantage of VPX with a wide range of I/O options.

The combination of VPX carrier cards, FMC daughter cards and the associated firmware tools offers a powerful, scalable and cost-effective ecosystem to support embedded systems development. 4DSP’s selection of FPGA cards, FMCs and custom firmware and software is ideally suited for both industrial and defense applications.


Justin Braun
Systems Engineer

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