4DSP Boards Use FPGA Mezzanine Card Standard

The release of eight analogue-to-digital/digital-to-analogue boards based on the FPGA mezzanine card standard (FMC) has been announced by 4DSP. These latest 4DSP FMC boards are based on the open industry standard developed by a consortium of companies working through the Ansi/Vita organisations, as defined in the Ansi/Vita 57.1 2008 specification. FMC modules are designed to connect to FMC-compliant carrier cards in the CompactPCI, VPX or PCI Express form factors.

The 4DSP FMC Series cards provide a large range of bit width and sample rates. Features include a selectable option to have data sampled by an internal clock source (optionally locked to an external reference) or use an externally supplied sample clock. A trigger input for customised sampling control is also available. I/O connections are on the front panel as per Vita 57.1. Cascading multiple FMC boards for synchronised high channel count is possible.

Equipped with power supply and temperature monitoring, the 4DSP Series FMC cards have several power-down modes to switch off unused functions to reduce system level power and heat. These features are suitable for software-defined radio (SDR) and similar applications where battery or other low-power sources are required. The 4DSP Series of FMC cards are also suitable for man-pack, ground mobile vehicles, UAVs and other airborne applications where limited power sources effect mission range and on-station mission time. The boards are available with Mil-I-46058c compliant conformal coating for hostile environmental applications.


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