VMETRO FPE650 FPGA processing engine

The FPE650 from VMETRO (Houston, TX) is a FPGA processing engine with support for the new FPGA Mezzanine Card (FMC/VITA 57) standard. The FPE650 integrates four Xilinx Virtex-5 FPGAs with two FMC I/O sites and VPX high-speed serial backplane connectivity, allowing I/O and processing capabilities in a single 6U slot. The FPE650, available in air-cooled and conduction-cooled rugged versions, tackles demanding digital signal processing applications such as electronic counter measures (ECM), signal intelligence (SIGINT), and electro-optics (EO).

The FPGAs' sites can be fitted with Virtex-5 SX95T, LX155T, or FX100T platforms enabling the FPE650 to be optimized for DSP or logic centric designs. Two of the FPGAs interface to four banks of 9 Mbytes QDR2 SRAM memory and the other two FPGAs interface to two banks of 9 Mbytes QDR2 SRAM memory and two banks of 640 Mbytes DDR2 SDRAM memory.

The FPE650 addresses I/O and data bandwidth requirements with three interconnects features: through FPGA Mezzanine Card sites for front panel I/O, through a non-blocking crossbar to help optimize the FPGA topology, and VPX/VITA 46 connections for backplane I/O. For front panel I/O, each FMC site has 68 differential signal pairs supporting 2Gb/sec data rates per pair and four full duplex multi-Gigabit/sec connections to enable very large amounts of data to be moved between FMC modules and the on-board FPGAs. For backplane I/O, each FPGA has two x4 full duplex multi-Gigabit/sec serial ports routed to the VPX backplane with each x4 port able to move over 1 Gigabyte/sec of data.

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This article first appeared in the July, 2008 issue of Embedded Technology Magazine.

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