TEK Microsystems QuiXilica Charon-V5 VXS FPGA Board

The QuiXilica Charon-V5 VXS FPGA-based board, from TEK Microsystems, features three Xilinx Virtex 5 FPGAs in a single 6U VME / VXS payload slot. The Charon-V5 provides eight channels of 14-bit 1.2 GSPS (GigaSamples Per Second) analog outputs. The FPGA board supports eight synchronized 1.2 GSPS signal generation channels and uses the 1.2 GSPS Analog Devices AD9736 14-bit DAC (digital to analog converter). The Charon-V5 is available for a wide range of operating environments, including rugged air and conduction cooled versions for deployed applications. The QuiXilica Charon-V5 VXS is available now. Delivery from stock is 10-12 weeks ARO.

QuiXilica Charon-V5 VXS FPGA Board Features

  • Eight 12-bit DAC Outputs at 1.2 GSPS Each
  • Sample Accurate Synchronization Across Multiple Boards
  • First COTS Product to Achieve This Level of Analog Signal Performance
  • Six Digital IO Channels Running at Up to 3.75 Gb/s Using One QSFP and Two SFP+ Front Panel Connections
  • Dual 4x Full Duplex VXS Links and Two Full Duplex VITA 41.6 Ethernet Links
  • Three Xilinx Virtex-5 FPGAs: LXT, SXT or FXT for Each Location
  • Three GB DDR3 SDRAM Memory (one GB per FPGA)
  • Advanced Temperature and Current Monitoring
  • Comprehensive Developer’s Kit Provided Including FPGA Interface Cores, QuiXtart FPGA Utilities, Software and Reference Design
  • Convection or Conduction Cooled

The front end FPGAs are typically two SX95T devices generating eight channels of analog output data coupled with a back end FPGA for multichannel processing and backplane communications. To meet application requirements, the back end FPGA can be configured with any Xilinx Virtex-5 FPGA in the FF1738 package, including the SX240T with over 1,000 DSP48E slices for signal processing applications. In addition to the analog outputs, there are six high-speed serial fiber or copper I/O channels on the front panel as well as fabric and network connectivity via the optional P0 VXS backplane connector.

The Charon-V5 includes hardware support for sample-accurate synchronization both within a single card and across multiple cards, allowing Charon-V5 to support high channel count applications such as beam steering with up to 144 channels in a single VXS chassis. The FPGA board is ideal for multi-channel signal generation applications such as beam-steering and simultaneous multi-signal generation for communications and Radar systems.

The Charon-V5 generates multiple signals at bandwidths of up to 600 MHz with improved spectral purity, thereby enabling higher system performance than ever before. When Charon-V5 is paired with our Atlas-V5 product, multi-channel data acquisition and response systems can be developed with very low latency and digital signal processing capability.

Charon-V5 is based on Tekmicro’s existing QuiXilica-V5 architecture which is used in many defense and intelligence programs to implement a wide range of FPGA processing solutions combined with high performance analog inputs and/or outputs. As a part of the QuiXilica-V5 product family, Charon-V5 benefits from a common set of hardware, firmware and software elements that are reused across multiple products and applications. Through the Charon-V5 Developers Kit (DK), systems integrators can access a comprehensive set of building blocks along with reference designs such as the arbitrary waveform generator included with the Charon-V5 to support rapid development and integration of application-specific signal processing within the QuiXilica-V5 framework. By using the modular QuiXilica-V5 architecture and DK, systems integrators can protect their firmware and software investment by easily retargeting their application-specific code when newer FPGA and digitizer technology becomes available in the future.

More information: TEK Microsystems Charon-V5 VXS (pdf)