Low profile PCIe FPGA design kit with Xilinx Virtex-7

August 30, 2012 // By Nick Flaherty
PLDA has launched a half-height PCI Express board with PCIe 3.0 x8, 40G Ethernet and DDR3 SDRAM interfaces in a complete design kit for the Xilinx Virtex-7 FPGA, enabling quick time-to-design

The PLDA XpressV7-LP provides an FPGA-based low-profile PCI Express form factor card, incorporating 40Gb of Ethernet connectivity and 8 GBytes of DDR3 SDRAM. It is delivered with PLDA’s leading PCIe 3.0 IP and optional 10G UDP/TCP stack IP, specifically optimized for the Xilinx Virtex-7 FPGA.
The design kit provides a complete design environment for applications using PCIe and 10GbE as their main communication interfaces. The XpressV7-LP is a highly integrated, production-ready, low-profile PCI Express FPGA card with quad-10Gb Ethernet (40GbE) engineered for both prototyping and field deployment. The PCIe and Ethernet architecture designed into the PLDA XpressV7-LP is ideal for enabling real-time network processing applications, such as financial trading and data mining.
Key features of PLDA XpressV7-LP Low Profile Board include support fors PCIe 3.0 at Gen3, Gen2, Gen1 speeds, in x1, x2, x4, x8 through Xilinx’s 28nm Virtex-7 FPGA XC7VX690T or XC7V330T, as well as QSFP+ connections for 40Gb Ethernet or up to 4 x 10GbE. The kit includes PLDA’s QuickPCIe IP core with advanced DMA and AMBA AXI4 streaming interfaces and optionally includes PLDA’s QuickTCP and QuickUDP IP cores that provide the full hardware for 10G TCP and UDP stack IP with AMBA AXI4 streaming interface.
The kit provides end–to-end reference designs demonstrating ultra-low latency 10G Ethernet to PCIe user space through a full hardware level 4 TCP or UDP stack
“Today’s announcement follows PLDA’s demo of PCIe 3.0 IP on a Xilinx Kintex-7 and Virtex-7 FPGA, placing PLDA in a unique position to create best-in-class PCIe and Ethernet-based solutions using Xilinx’s industry-leading FPGA products,” said Stephane Hauradou, CTO for PLDA.
PLDA is accepting orders now for delivery in October 2012