Opal Kelly XEM5010 FPGA USB 2.0 Integration Module

The XEM5010 module, from Opal Kelly, is based on the Xilinx Virtex-5 FPGA. The XEM5010 features 256-MB DDR2, 36-Mb SSRAM, 32-Mb Flash, and up to 200 high-speed user I/Os. The XEM5010 enables developers to access programmable hardware logic using only a few simple API calls from Opal Kelly’s FrontPanel software and API. The XEM5010 packs power, I/O, and memory into a very small footprint (one-sixth the size of their previous FPGA emulation environment). Opal Kelly XEM5010 modules are available immediately. Prices range from $1499.95, with volume discounts available.

Opal Kelly XEM5010 FPGA USB 2.0 Module

Opal Kelly XEM5010 FPGA USB 2.0 Module Features

  • 256 MiB DDR2 SDRAM using two completely independent 128-MByte DDR2 SDRAMs (Total Memory bandwidth 2.128-GB/s or 17.024-Gb/s)
  • 32 Mbit Serial Flash
  • Small form factor — 85mm x 61mm x 17.6mm (3.35″ x 2.40″ x 0.69″)
  • High-speed USB 2.0 interface for downloading and control
  • Self-powered by external DC source
  • Opal Kelly’s unique FrontPanel software at no charge, which handles all the interaction between the customer’s software and the customer’s FPGA design
  • Multi-platform API (available for Microsoft Windows XP/Vista, Mac OS X, and Linux, with a variety of languages including C, C++, C#, Ruby, Python and Java)
  • DLL support for a variety of third-party tools including Matlab and LabVIEW
  • Fully supported by the latest Xilinx WebPack toolchain available at no charge from Xilinx

The XEM5010 is the fastest FPGA USB 2.0 integration module in the Opal Kelly product line. Based on an XC5VLX50 Xilinx Virtex-5 FPGA, the XEM5010 packs power into its small footprint of just 3.35″ x 2.40″ x 0.69″. In addition to a high gate-count, high-performance FPGA, the XEM5010 utilizes the high transfer rate of USB 2.0 for configuration downloads, enabling an almost instant reprogramming of the FPGA.

Opal Kelly’s FrontPanel software interface, included with the module, is an easy-to-use and robust API for communication, configuration, and interfacing to the PC. FrontPanel handles all the interaction between the PC software and the FPGA internals, dramatically reducing the time and effort required to interface to a design. In addition, the Virtex-5 device on the XEM5010 is fully supported by the latest Xilinx WebPack toolchain, available at no charge from Xilinx.

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