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FPGA-Based Development Packages Cut Design Time

For users of the company's M-Modules and PMCs, FPGA-based development packages are now available that promise to easily transform specialized I/O requirements into a range of standard products. The Universal Submodule (USM) package implements a board's desired functionality through one or more IP cores in an FPGA, creating M-Modules and PMCs with individual functionality, thereby reducing design time and cost. The USM plugs into the respective base mezzanine, allowing functionality to be changed at any time through the different IP cores. Corresponding line drivers are located on the USM, while its Nios soft-core processor is available on an Altera Cyclone II FPGA. All I/O signals are routed through a front-end SCSI connector. For flexibility, the same USM can be used with M-Modules, PMC modules, XMCs, and conduction-cooled PMC modules. The USM kit includes a base M-Module or a base PMC module, wire-wrapped plug-in module, test board, and a SCSI cable. Pricing for a complete development package with either an M-Module or PMC baseboard is $2,654. For more details, call Stephen Cunha at MEN MICRO INC., Ambler, PA. (215) 542-9575.


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