Sundance launches FPGA R&D platform

Sundance Multiprocessor Technology has brought out a dual-FPGA platform for R&D into the use of large FPGAs for reconfigurable computing, embedded systems applications and SoC simulation.

The platform, called SMT166, is being used as the prototyping platform for the European Union’s FP7 FlexTiles 3D SoC project.

Headed by Thales Research & Technology, the EU FP7 FlexTiles project is focused on defining and developing a programmable, heterogeneous, many-core 3D SoC architecture.

The many-core layer, which will integrate GPP and DSP cores, will be associated with an innovative, reconfigurable virtualization layer, featuring a self-adaptive FPGA fabric in an interchangeable tiles concept; and a dedicated tool-flow to improve programming efficiency, reduce the impact on time-to-market and reduce the development costs by 20% to 50%.

Sundance’s SMT166 will be used initially to develop, validate and verify the tools to create the FlexTiles 3D SoC. Subsequently, users will be able to utilize the SMT166 as an R&D platform to innovate and prototype products based on the FlexTiles 3D SoC.

The SMT166, which can be integrated into a standard 19 inch rack, is designed around two Xilinx Virtex-6 FPGAs. Each FPGA is responsible for routing data to and from half the Sundance Local Bus (SLB) connections on the board. In addition, parallel and serial connections are available for inter-FPGA communications.

The SMT166 supports up to four SLB mezzanine modules with a wide range of low-cost options available from Sundance such as a multi-ADC system with 16x channels of 14-bit, 250MHz ADC inputs; an octal channel SDR platform; or a complete MIMO 8 x 8 RF transceiver setup.

Additionally, the SMT166 supports Sundance’s 12-core DSP module which provides over 10,000 MIPS of fixed point DSP processing power. An optional interface to FMC modules allows users to select from a growing range of add-on modules to suit a wide variety of applications.

Each FPGA on the SMT166 is coupled with two banks of DDR3 memory and also supports an identical set of peripheral interfaces, including Gigabit Ethernet, dual SATA 3.1, one lane PCIe Cable, four lane PCIe Cable and RS232. A single USB 2.0 interface facilitates FPGA programming during development phases.

The SMT166 costs $7,850 for a Virtex-6 LX130 version. It is available on typical 4-8 weeks lead-time.

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