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Killer Artix-7 FPGA Hardware Video Development Platform unveiled at NAB 2015

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The inrevium/fidus booth was tucked way in the back of the North Hall of the Las Vegas Convention Center at NAB 2015 last week. It was packed with interesting development platforms for Xilinx All Programmable devices including this killer Artix-7 FPGA development platform called the ACDC 7. (The formal part number is TB-A7-200T-IMG.) This development product, like several more in the inrevium/fidus booth, is the result of an international collaboration between two Premier members of the Xilinx Alliance Program: inrevium, a division of Tokyo Electron Device Limited offering FPGA-based solutions for design teams, and high-end design house Fidus Systems. I’m going to devote several blog posts to these immensely interesting development boards, but this one’s about the ACDC 7 based on the Artix-7 FPGA.

 

Here’s a photo of the board shot last week at NAB 2015:

 

 

Fidus Inrevium Artix-7 Development Board.jpg

 

 

inrevium/fidus ACDC 7 Development Platform for Xilinx Artix-7 FPGA

 

 

Although the board only measures 200x200mm, it packs a lot into a limited space starting with an Artix-7 A200T FPGA paired with 1Gbyte of DDR3 SDRAM (in the SODIMM at the top of the photo), a 10/100/1000Base-T RJ45 Ethernet port, S/PDIF digital audio I/O, on-board Quad SPI flash memory, and two HPC FMC connectors (located on the bottom of the board). The two FMC connectors each bring out eight multi-Gbps transceiver port connections from the Artix-7 FPGA.

 

Why was this board being shown at NAB 2015? Because it delivers a complete 4K hardware video development platform with various reference designs for Display Port1.2, HDMI2.0, V-by-One HS (more on that in a later blog post), and 6G-SDI all based on the Xilinx Artix-7 FPGA, the performance/Watt leader in the Xilinx 28nm All Programmable device family.