ASSET InterTech introduced their DDR2/DDR3 memory link test instrument and a generic memory tester. The two new memory test instruments are the latest addition to the ScanWorks embedded instrumentation library for their FPGA-controlled test (FCT) circuit board test tool. ScanWorks FCT can temporarily or permanently embed the two instruments in a functional field programmable gate array (FPGA) on a circuit board. The DDR2/DDR3 memory link tester and generic memory instrument are available now.
Xilinx have created PCI Express x8 Gen3-based designs. The solution features the Virtex-7 field programmable gate array integrated block. All the elements needed for PCI Express x8 Gen3-based designs are now available, including the Virtex-7 X690T FPGA with an integrated PCI express block, ISE Design Suite 14.1 software tool support, a DMA engine provided by third-party Xilinx Alliance Program members, and a 1866 Mb/s DDR3 external memory interface.
Altera introduced the Stratix IV E FPGA Development Kit. The kit provides engineers with a design environment that includes the hardware and software needed to immediately begin prototyping high-density designs. The Stratix IV E FPGA Development Kit features the Stratix IV EP4SE530 FPGA. The Stratix IV E FPGA Development Kit is the first kit available to feature an FPGA interfacing with a 533-MHz DDR3 DIMM. Using this kit, designers can develop and test memory subsystems consisting of DDR3 DIMMs, QDR II+, and RLDRAM II memory interfaces. The Altera Stratix IV E FPGA Development Kit is available now and is priced at $9,995.