Xilinx Virtex-5 FPGA Modules PMC-VSX

The PMC-VSX modules feature a user configurable Xilinx Virtex-5 FPGA that contains 94K logic cells and 640 DSP48E slices on a PCI-X bus Interface. Field I/O is connected to the FPGA via the rear J4/P4 connector and/or with optional front mezzanine plug in I/O modules. Making it a flexible I/O processor module that can complete custom instruction sets and algorithms.

This product is used for a range of applications. Typical uses include hardware simulation, communications, military servers, in-circuit diagnostics, signal intelligence and image processing.

The Acromag PMC-VSX are Xilinx Virtex-5 FPGA Modules with Plug in I/O. This product comes with a high speed memory and high throughput on a PCI-X interface.

Firstly, there are 64 I/O lines which are accessible through the rear (J4) connector. Additional I/O processing is supported on a separate mezzanine card that simply plugs into the FPGA base board. Some external AXM I/O cards interface directly to the analog and digital I/O signals. Large memory banks provide efficient data handling. Plus, DDR2 SDRAM buffers store captured data prior to FPGA processing. This data is then moved to the dual-port SRAM for high-speed DMA transfer to the system.

The PMC-VSX is also available in a conduction cooled design. The Conduction cooled version dissipates heat if there is inadequate air flow. The optional extended temperature models operate reliably from -40 to 85°C. Acromag also provide an Engineering Design Kit to operate with the PMC-VSX. It provides software utilities and example VHDL code to speed up the program development process. A JTAG interface allows on board VHDL simulation.

Features of the Xilinx Virtex-5 FPGA Modules with Plug in I/O PMC-VSX include:

  • Reconfigurable Xilinx Virtex-5 FPGA (VSX95T)
  • PCI-X bus 100MHz 64-bit interface
  • Supports both front and rear I/O connections
  • 64 I/O or 32 LVDS lines direct to FPGA via rear (J4)
  • Plug-in I/O modules are available for front mezzanine
  • FPGA code loads from PCI bus or flash memory
  • Two banks of 256Kb x 32-bit dual-ported SRAM
  • Two banks of 32Mb x 16-bit DDR2 SDRAM
  • Other memory options available (contact factory)
  • Supports dual DMA channel data transfer to CPU/bus
  • Supports 3.3V signalling
  • Support for Xilinx ChipScope™ Pro interface
  • 0 to 70°C or -40 to 85°C (E versions)


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