Altera introduced five new low-cost development kits based on its Cyclone V FPGAs. The Altera kits make it easy for designers to cost-effectively get started on FPGA development with an entry point of just $49. Altera’s portfolio of low-cost CPLDs, FPGAs and SoCs are available now in production. All low-cost development kits supporting the portfolio are available today.
Altera recently introduced their Cyclone V GX FPGA development kit. It is based on the industry’s lowest-power, lowest-cost 28nm FPGA. Altera’s 28nm development kits increase designer productivity by offering the tools and resources necessary to get 28nm FPGAs developed and integrated into systems. The 28 nm development kits include FPGA boards, hardware and cables, and development software that provide access to a variety of IP cores, reference designs and documentation. The Altera Cyclone V GX FPGA Development Kit is available now for $1,199.
Mercury Computer Systems introduced the Echotek Series RFM-251-XMC Tuner and the Wideband DCM-V6-XMC Digital Transceiver. Both products feature a Xilinx Field-Programmable Gate Array. The Mercury mixed-signal modules offer outstanding SWaP characteristics for demanding RF applications. The new small form factor-based solutions detect, locate and capture signals in real-time across an extremely wide range of frequencies. The RFM 251 XMC Tuner and DCM-V5-6416-PCIe Digital Receiver improve the ability to anticipate threats and protect warfighters.
Acromag announced their VPX-SLX FPGA boards. The VPX-SLX card features the Xilinx Spartan-6 FPGA with 150k logic cells, high-throughput PCI Express interface, dual-ported memory for efficient data handling, and 64 I/O lines direct to the FPGA. The VPX board is ideal for defense, aerospace, or scientific research. Applications include signal intelligence, image processing, and hardware simulation. Prices start at $5200 for the air-cooled version. The conduction-cooled version costs a little more.
Acromag announced their VPX-VLX series of 3U VPX FPGA boards. The VPX-VLX features a Xilinx VLX85T, VLX110T, or VLX155T FPGA. The Xilinx Virtex-5 FPGA has been enhanced with multiple high-speed memory buffers and a high-throughput PCIe interface. The cards are available in a format designed for use in air-cooled or conduction-cooled systems suitable for -40 to 85°C operation. The Acromag modules start at $7100 with several options for FPGA logic capacity and conduction-cooled extended temperature operation.
Impulse Accelerated Technologies will extend their C-to-FPGA compiler to support Pico Computing’s M-Series modules. The Pico modules feature the Xilinx Virtex-6 and Spartan-6 FPGA devices in a configuration that enables engineers to scale up from one to multiple modules. As a result, algorithms can be optimized for lower power, higher parallel-streaming operation on an FPGA, and then scaled to increase performance.
Pentek introduced the 53xxx Cobalt family of ruggedized boards for military and avionics applications. The 53xxx Cobalt modules feature the Xilinx Virtex-6 FPGA devices for on-board signal processing. It features digital sampling rates up to 1 GHz and a compact 3U VPX form factor. Pricing for the Pentek Cobalt 53xxx 3U VPX module starts at $14,490 USD. Delivery is stock to 10 weeks ARO. The ruggedized boards are ideal for UAV, CommINT (Communications Intelligence) transceivers, airborne communications recorders, airborne radar countermeasures, shipboard diversity transceivers and armored vehicle anti-IED systems.
Altium introduced the NanoBoard 3000AL prototyping board. The new NanoBoard 3000AL features the Altera Cyclone III FPGA (EP3C40F780C8N). The NanoBoard 3000 is available for a recommended retail price of $395 (US) and includes a 12-month subscription to an Altium Designer Soft Design License, which also includes all software updates released by Altium during the 12-month subscription period. Users of the latest release of Altium Designer can also use the NanoBoard 3000.
Pentek announced the 7753 and 7853 beamformer PCIe modules. Each model is a high-speed software radio board for processing baseband RF or IF signals and incorporates unique and powerful beamforming functions. Created to accelerate system level design and lower system cost, the boards bring high-performance built-in features and connectivity to PC platforms. Software support packages are available for Linux, Windows, and VxWorks operating systems. Larger FPGAs are available enabling customers to do their own programming with GateFlow. Starting price for the 7753 and the 7853 starts at $15,795 and $14,195 ($USD), respectively. Delivery is 8 to 10 weeks ARO.