Virtex 7-based FPGA module for multi-FPGA SOC prototyping

May 20, 2013 // By Graham Prophet
Pro Design is to introduce the "proFPGA V7 Mini FPGA Module", a cost-efficient FPGA module offering highest interface performance, to its family of FPGA based prototyping solutions.

The proFPGA product series, released in December 2012, is claimed as one of the most modular and flexible systems on the market, consisting of a motherboard, different kinds of FPGA modules with the latest Virtex 7 technology, a set of interconnection boards/cables, various daughter boards and an extensive software environment. It addresses customers who need a flexible and high performance FPGA based prototyping solution for SoC design prototyping, real time system integration and pre-silicon software development to reduce the time to market.

The new proFPGA V7 Mini FPGA Module is an additional option in the proFPGA product family. The user can choose, according to his needs, between various V7 Mini FPGA Modules, assembled with different Xilinx Virtex 7 FPGA devices such as the XC7VX330T, the XC7VX485T, the XC7V585T or the XC7VX690T which vary widely in capacity, number and performance of high speed serial transceivers and, especially, price.

A single module offers a capacity of up to 4.2 million ASIC gates and up to four modules can be plugged on the proFPGA motherboard. The FPGA modules can also be used simply in combination with the already available proFPGA V7 XC7V2000T FPGA module, daughter cards, cables, proFPGA accessories and software.

"We released the product just the end of last year and were already able to win four of the top 10 semiconductor vendors with a brand new product within 6 months. This confirms that the customers accept and like our highly modular system concept, which offers a great degree of flexibility while still providing the high system performance. The proFPGA V7 Mini FPGA Module is our next step to extend our product portfolio so that more users can benefit from our proFPGA solution for further applications", said Gunnar Scholl, CEO of Pro Design.

The proFPGA V7 Mini FPGA module offers, with its eight extension sites, up to 774 free accessible user IOs, which gives maximum freedom regarding the FPGA interconnection structure for