Opal Kelly Announces XEM8320 FPGA Development Platform for Xilinx FPGAs


Based on Xilinx Artix UltraScale+ FPGA, XEM8320-AU25P Features Opal Kelly FrontPanel SDK, SYZYGY Connectivity

Opal Kelly, a leading producer of powerful Field Programmable Gate Array (FPGA) modules that provide essential interconnection between devices and computers, today announced the XEM8320-AU25P, the official Xilinx development platform. Artix® UltraScale+™ FPGAs. New platform includes Opal Kelly’s FrontPanel® SDK for creating high performance FPGA applications connected to software. The XEM8320-AU25P also leverages the versatile SYZYGY® modular connectivity for rapid prototyping and expansion.

The XEM8320-AU25P features the Xilinx Artix UltraScale+ XCAU25P-2FFVB676E FPGA and USB 3.0 Type C SuperSpeed ​​interface. The platform also includes 11 lanes of high-speed Gigabit transceivers via Artix UltraScale+ transceivers. Artix UltraScale+ transceivers support serial standards such as 10GbE, JESD-204B, DisplayPort, PCI Express, SATA, HD-SDI, XAUI, and Aurora.

The XEM8320 includes the FPGA, SuperSpeed ​​USB Type C connector, 1 GiB DDR4 memory, 48 MiB total serial flash, three low-jitter fixed-frequency clock oscillators, and switching power supplies to power the entire the map. The platform is also equipped with several SYZYGY connectors – four standard ports and two transceiver ports – for system expansion and development.

Versatility for many complex market applications

The last decade of innovation in sensing and communication systems has resulted in an insatiable appetite for data from a wide variety of sources. The XEM8320 and Artix UltraScale+ FPGA were designed to capture, process, and move these data streams for applications such as LIDAR, RADAR, software-defined radio, advanced photonics, and high frame rate machine vision.

“Opal Kelly FPGA boards are the best in the industry for prototyping complex systems,” said Jake Janovetz, president of Opal Kelly. “The variety of FPGA-based products we offer can meet most of the needs of every modular system. Additionally, Opal Kelly’s user-friendly FrontPanel SDK and SYZYGY connectivity solutions make it easy to implement high-performance prototype projects in a timely manner.

The Artix UltraScale+ FPGA is part of Xilinx’s latest smaller, thinner, cost-optimized portfolio. System integrators can use XEM8320 boards with these FPGAs to create a fully operational proof of concept for a wide range of markets, including factory automation, machine vision, health sciences, networking and communication, test and measurement, broadcast, consumer, transport, and AI-enabled applications.

Opal Kelly plans to launch a system-on-module (SOM) in Q2/22 to provide a convenient path from XEM8320 development to system production with full FrontPanel SDK support, resulting in rapid scale-up production and faster time to market.

Front Panel SDK

The XEM8320 is fully supported by Opal Kelly’s popular cross-platform FrontPanel SDK, a powerful trio of firmware, software and gateware that connects software applications, FPGA gateware and external hardware via the USB Type C SuperSpeed ​​interface of the platform. The FrontPanel SDK adds tremendous value to the XEM8320 by enabling application-specific engagement on a general-purpose evaluation product with software-hardware integration.

The FrontPanel SDK dramatically reduces development time and risk and speeds time to market. Its cross-platform, multilingual application programming interface (API) has been proven for nearly two decades, proven and refined in thousands of customer deployments worldwide, across diverse applications and industries.

SYZYGY connectivity solutions

For modular expansion, the XEM8320 features SYZYGY, an exciting open standard of low-cost peripherals and compact connectors that handle the high-bandwidth demands of data acquisition, instrumentation, sensing, and commissioning devices. network today.

Opal Kelly and other manufacturers offer a range of off-the-shelf SYZYGY media and peripherals for data acquisition, image capture, interfacing and instrumentation, ideal for evaluation and prototyping for many applications. System integrators can also quickly and easily develop custom devices with design resources and source code available from Opal Kelly.

Availability / Price / More info.

The XEM8320-AU25P is available now from Opal Kelly’s online store at $1,349.95 each.

Click on here for a product brief on the development platform. To order the XEM8320-AU25P, shop online at opalkelly.com or contact [email protected]

About Opal Kelly

Opal Kelly, founded in 2004, offers a range of powerful FPGA development modules – backed by the easy-to-use Opal Kelly FrontPanel SDK software interface and robust API. These FPGA-based solutions provide the essential interconnect between device and computer for efficient and rapid prototyping, testing, development, and OEM integration for engineers, researchers, and educators worldwide. Opal Kelly products shorten development time, fill expertise gaps and dramatically accelerate time to market within most budgets.

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