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Xilinx Versal FPGA Boards - SOSA and 100GbE

Xilinx Versal FPGA Boards - SOSA and 100GbE

Posted by Laura B
March 20, 2023

It’s easy to get excited about the new Versal Adaptive Compute Acceleration Platform (ACAP) from Xilinx. Versal architecture expands the capabilities of standard FPGA programmable logic by combining it with processing elements including ARM CPUs, DSPs, expanded I/O and RAM control.

The platform's Adaptable Hardware provides over seven million system logic cells, allowing users to implement highly differentiated logic and the latest algorithms. This gives Versal ACAP users a significant increase in compute ability for applications in a wide range of markets.

The Versal Premium series’ 112G PAM4 transceivers are central to enabling power-optimised, 800G network systems, which is just one of the reasons Annapolis Micro Systems has designed their latest boards around the Versal Premium ACAP. 

Annapolis Versal 3U and 6U VPX Boards are SOSA-aligned solutions for deployment within any standard OpenVPX system, or within Annapolis’ proven 100Gb Ethernet WILD100™ EcoSystem.

Annapolis Micro Systems is the first to offer Versal Premium boards because they’ve had a relationship with Xilinx since the early 1990s, integrating their very first FPGAs. Today, they still work very closely with AMD Xilinx to gain early access to their latest, highest-performing silicon.

Target Applications:
  • Software Defined Radio
  • Secure Networks
  • Data Centre Network Acceleration
  • Radar
  • 5G Infrastructure
  • Machine Learning / AI
The WILDSTAR 3XV1 integrates Xilinx's new Versal™ Premium VP1502 or VP1702 FPGA. It is 100GbE-enabled, SOSA-aligned, and highly rugged and thermally-controlled. include one Versal Premium VP1502/VP1702 FPGA and have eight 32-bit LPDDR4 DRAM ports running up to 3700 MT/s.

Each card has a next generation mezzanine site that is optimized for JESD-based ADCs and DACs. Based on FMC/FMC+ specification, it allows larger form factor cards for higher IO density. VITA 66/67 optical/RF backplane support is included.
There is also an on-board dual-core ARM CPU running up to 1.4 GHz which can be used for local application requirements.  It is accessible over backplane PCIe or Ethernet and provides dedicated AXI interfaces to all FPGAs.  It is also used to query board health like FPGA temperature and power. It is connected to the OpenVPX control plane via 1GbE.
The air-cooled 3XV1 is hot swappable, allowing for more system reliability. This feature is unique to Annapolis and was developed because their experience with OpenVPX systems has shown it invaluable, so a whole chassis does not need to be shutdown to remove a single board.
Integrated Interlaken cores in the device support up to 600Gb/s with built-in flow control for reliable, high-bandwidth data transmission.

For more information, or to discuss how the Versal FPGA Boards from Annapolis might benefit your application please speak to one of our engineers -



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