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July 23, 2008

VMETRO Facilitates Development of Embedded DSP Systems with FPGA Development Kit

VMETRO (News - Alert) has introduced the FusionXF FPGA development kit devised to reduce the design time and optimize the performance of complex FPGA and PowerPC processing systems. Using the FPGA development kit, customers can develop their FPGA algorithms and logic for VMETRO's customer-programmable FPGA products. VMETRO provides commercial-off-the-shelf (COTS) board- and system-level embedded computer products from development to deployment for applications in Aerospace & Defense, Industrial, Communications, Medical, Enterprise Computing and Network Storage.
While FusionXF is very useful for a single FPGA design, it is quite helpful in larger embedded real-time DSP system designs as well where there is a need to integrate and move data between multiple distributed FPGAs and processors.
FusionXF includes FPGA HDL functions, software APIs, drivers, utilities, example designs, and documentation to simplify the task of integrating FPGAs into an embedded real-time DSP system design. It provides the building blocks to build a fully functional FPGA design that a customer can easily integrate their FPGA algorithms and logic into.
In addition, FusionXF enables the control and utilization of FPGA resources from PowerPC processors and data streaming within a single FPGA and between processors and FPGAs in a system. With the core functionality and glue logic to create a fully functional FPGA design provided by FusionXF, users can devote valuable project time implementing application specific functionality, e.g., optimizing computational algorithms.
Developers can integrate the VMETRO developed FusionXF functions directly into their application or adapt the HDL and software libraries, drivers, and example designs to fit their unique need. FusionXF is designed to consume minimum FPGA logic and resources.
Only the HDL functions required by the customer's application need to be included in an FPGA design leaving the maximum amount of FPGA resources available for the user's algorithms and logic. FusionXF is presently supported on VMETRO's VPF2 (VXS) and HPE640 (VPX) hybrid PowerPC and FPGA boards, FPE650 quad-FPGA VPX board, and AD1500 and AD3000 A/D XMC/PMC modules.
Niladri Sekhar Nath is a contributing writer for TMCnet covering telecommunications, service providers and networking. To see more of his articles, please visit his columnist page.
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