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Spartan-6 FPGA Module with External PCI Express delivers 5X Faster Transfer Rates

Wed, 11/17/2010 - 7:07am
Opal Kelly announced a new product family of compact FPGA integration modules using external PCI Express. The first module in the family, the XEM6110, is based on the Xilinx Spartan-6 and delivers five times faster transfer rates compared to USB and much lower latency. Responding to requests from design engineers, researchers and teachers, the new XEM6110 leverages Opal Kelly’s industry-leading Front Panel software and API. The result is a dramatically faster time-to-market for high-speed, low-latency applications.

  The Opal Kelly XEM6110 is a compact (75 mm x 50 mm) FPGA module, featuring a Xilinx Spartan-6, 1 Gb (64M x 16 bit) DDR2 SDRAM, high-efficiency switching power supplies, two high-density 0.8 mm expansion connectors, and a low-jitter 100 MHz oscillator. The external PCI Express interface enables fast configuration downloads without requiring a PC reboot and PC-FPGA communication. Sharing a common footprint with the XEM3010 and XEM3050, most designs can be migrated to the new XEM6110 without a PCB change. Opal Kelly Launches Spartan-6 FPGA Module with External PCI Express--XEM6110 delivers 5X Faster Transfer Rates.

  The XEM6110 Starter Kit will be available on December 1 from the Opal Kelly online store for $995 for quantity one.  The kit includes:  XEM6110, PCI1001 (host interface board), BRK6110 (breakout board), power supply, and a 3-meter cable.

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