PLDA and KAYA Instruments develop CoaXPress FPGA board

By combining PLDA’s XpressK7 PCI Express prototyping board with KAYA Instrument’s CoaXPress FPGA mezzanine card (FMC), the two companies have created a platform that enables companies and end users to implement custom CoaXPress products in their system.

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By combining PLDA’s XpressK7 PCI Express prototyping board with KAYA Instrument’s CoaXPress FPGA mezzanine card (FMC), the two companies have created a platform that enables companies and end users to implement custom CoaXPress products in their system.

KAYA’s FMC-CXP is capable of capturing video from up to five CoaXPress cameras. Each CXP channel—which can be used as host or device links—supports up to 6.25 Gbps with a total bandwidth of more than 31 Gbps. Each host link is capable of providing up to 13W of power to compatible devices via Power over CoaXPress. The CXP features six opto-isolated inputs and outputs, and customer specific data pre-processing or custom protocols can be accommodated via FPGA carrier card. In addition, the card can also be used as a camera simulator, emulating up to five transmitting channels.

PLDA’s XpressK7 board is a Xilink Kintex-7 based board, featuring partial HPC FMC and DDR3 SODIMM connectors. It has been designed for prototyping and deployment and its host interface includes: PCIe 2.0 x4 supports x2, x1 lanes and backward compatible to PCIe 1.1, as well as PCIe 3.0 x4.

KAYA Instruments’ FMC includes the CoaXPress FPGA IP cores for both device and host. With the device, potential users will be able to use the newly-developed product to customize their system.

"We have used PLDA’s generic FPGA platform and connected with our daughtercard, including all the IPs, he said. "Now, anyone who would like to implement custom CoaXPress products doesn’t have to build their own hardware."

He added that the price of the generic CoaXPress FPGA board is less than half the price of an off-the-shelf frame grabber.

View the press release.

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