Sundance adds low-cost Artix-7 FPGA to PC/104

"EMC2-7A is a stackable FPGA solution compatible with PCIe/104 OneBank(tm) PCI-Express interface and VITA57.1 FMC(tm), controlled by an Artix-7(r) FPGA"

PC/104 OneBank Artix7 FPGA w. VITA 57.1 FMC I/I
OneBank Artix7 w. VITA 57.1 FMC I/I
EBX SBC with multiple EMC2 I/O Board
EBX with multiple EMC2 I/O Board

London, UK – Sundance, an established supplier and manufacturer of Embedded Computing Modules for the PC/104 compatible format, has taken full advantage of the current generation of lowest-cost Xilinx Artix-7 family, integrating four-lanes of Gen2 PCI-Express and re- using the free Xilinx Vivado 2015 tools and designed it onto the latest PC/104® form-factor, called OneBank™

The EMC2-7A can use commercial, or automotive graded Artix-7 FPGAs and is complimented with 1Gbyte of DDR3 local storage, 32Mbytes of Flash memory for storage/configurations and has 68x free differential I/O pins which are routed to a VITA57.1 FMC-LPC high-speed connector for bespoke interfaces. The four-lanes MGT (multi gigabit serial transceivers) are coupled to a PCI switch for infinite scalability, the FMC-LPC and a SATA connector on the PC/104 stack to connect to local storage or for direct high-speed connection to stacked EMC2 boards.

Mr. , Managing Director of Sundance Multiprocessor Technology Ltd., said: “The EMC2 is our latest addition to the legacy of PC/104 and follows-on from the introduction of the Xilinx Virtex-5 in Year 2010. Sundance is an industry pioneer when it comes to making embedded systems for critical applications. Sundance was invited to participate in the very large-scale European initiative - www.artemis-emc2.eu/ - to provide emulation solutions for the development of tool-chains to validate homogeneous and heterogeneous multi-core for varied industrial application.

Dr. Werner Weber, Senior Principal, Infineon Technologies and overall EMC2 Project Leader added: “The Artemis EMC2 is major push forward for Embedded Multi-Core implementation in the industry and has a total budget of over USD100million and almost 800 person years over 3 years. Having an SME, like Sundance, to provide specific expertise in design and production of scalable multiprocessor solution is paramount for the success of the EMC2 project. We are delighted to see the launch of the first EMC2 platform to our Partners.“

The EMC2-7A introduces two new dimensions of modularity to the PC/104™ world with the introduction of a ‘cable-less-break-out’ concept and upgradeable SoM (System-on-Modules). The ‘break-out’ solution removes the requirement for cabling from the EMC2 to the external world, and is implemented using the 100-way Samtec Razor Beam™ - https://www.samtec.com/technical-specifications[...] - self-mating connector solution that breaks out the I/O to a low-cost connector board. The same connector system is used for the SoM modules, allowing the SoM to be replaced by one with a faster or bigger area of FPGA fabric or even the next generation of MPSoC.

The SoM modules - www.sundance.technology/?page_id=203 - are 40mm by 50mm and are also available without the EMC2 Carrier for integration into custom-unique solutions.

Pricing for 1+ unit of EMC2-7A100 with the Artix-7-100 FPGA starts at US $1250.00; 100+ units below $650.00. The EMC2 and all its variations are available on typical 1-2 weeks lead-time for small quantities.

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