CommAgility’s new AMC provides high-performance Virtex-7 FPGA

Targeted at wireless front-end applications

Loughborough, UK – 15th July 2014

CommAgility today announced the AMC-V7, a high performance FPGA-based interface and processing card in the compact Advanced Mezzanine Card (AMC) form factor. Based around a high-density Xilinx Virtex-7 FPGA, the new module is ideal for LTE wireless front-end systems requiring multiple 10G CPRI links at up to rate option 8, as well as a range of other high-performance FPGA applications.

A broad selection of fast, flexible I/O is included, which is particularly suited to wireless applications. Firstly, an IDT CPS-1848 Serial RapidIO Gen 2 switch supports RapidIO V2.1 at up to 20Gbps per port. The board also includes three front panel SFP+ optical interfaces that provide flexible high-speed links, and are configurable as CPRI, OBSAI, GigE, RapidIO or other standards.

An optional RapidIO mini-SAS connector provides high-speed cabled connectivity. Timing and synchronisation is achieved via the front panel or backplane clock I/O, or optionally via GPS. No additional timing equipment is required, which significantly reduces system complexity.

The Virtex-7 FPGA is provided as a VX415T-2 device as the standard build, with options up to the VX690T-2 available for the highest performance applications. It is provided with two banks of DDR3 SDRAM, and a bank of flash memory for storing FPGA configurations and additional software. Separate glue logic allows control, FPGA configuration and flash reprogramming over RapidIO.

Edward Young, managing director at CommAgility, said, “The new AMC-V7 provides an optimised combination of FPGA processing power and high-end I/O, making it well-suited to wireless radio head interface applications.”

Available software includes a full Xilinx ISE/EDK example project, and MicroBlaze BSL including flash update. Where possible, this is all provided as source code, to give maximum customer flexibility. The board also contains embedded software for management and control.

The AMC-V7 is available now. For pricing, please contact CommAgility.



About CommAgility:

CommAgility is an award-winning, world-leading developer of embedded signal processing and radio modules for 4G and 5G mobile network and related applications. We design the latest DSP, FPGA and RF technologies into compact, powerful, and reliable products based on industry standard architectures. Our customers around the world integrate CommAgility products into high performance test equipment, specialised radio and intelligence systems, R&D demonstrators and trial systems. We are highly flexible and work closely with our key customers to meet their technical needs and to support them through development into volume production. CommAgility was honoured with a Queen’s Award for Enterprise in International Trade in 2013, and featured in the Deloitte UK Fast 50 list of fastest growing technology companies in 2012 and 2013. See



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