Xilinx' connectivity kit for Virtex 7 FPGAs eases high-bandwidth applications design

October 09, 2013 // By Graham Prophet
The Virtex-7 FPGA VC709 Connectivity Kit is a 40 Gbps platform that enables designers to accelerate design productivity for high-bandwidth and high-performance applications, such as network interface cards for security, network monitoring, and high frequency trading appliances.

For customers needing to prototype their low power, high performance, single-chip PCIe Gen3, 40Gbps Ethernet applications, the kit includes a fully validated and supported reference design running on a Virtex-7 X690T FPGA, design tools, and IP cores that streamline the evaluation and development of connectivity systems, enabling reduced development costs and faster time-to-market.

The company says that customers can focus on building and optimizing their own applications, typically high-performance computing prototyping in wired telecommunications and wireless infrastructure applications and adds.

According to Prasanna Sundararajan, CEO at rENIAC, "As the industry moves from Big Data to Big Fast Data, businesses need to analyse massive volumes of streaming data instantaneously. To meet this demand, rENIAC designed a high bandwidth data analytics platform that analyses tens of thousands of transactions right at the edge of a 10GbE network in real-time... using the multiple 10G ports, 10G MAC and DDR3 IP provided as part of the reference design in the VC709 connectivity kit."

The kit includes the Vivado Design Suite, SoC-strength design environment, to enable accelerated design cycles and the industry standard FMC I/O expansion header, compatible with over 100 daughter cards, to enable faster prototyping. A fully validated and supported targeted reference design that integrates the entire PCIe Gen3, AXI, Ethernet and DDR3 subsystem with both the HDL and the entire software stack, as well as an evaluation license of the Northwest Logic DMA IP core is also included in the connectivity kit. The Virtex-7 FPGA VC709 Connectivity Kit is priced at $4,995; www.xilinx.com/vc709