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M-506 FPGA module

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Pico Computing has announced the availability of the M-506 FPGA (field-programmable gate array), the company’s first module to feature an Altera 28-nm Stratix V FPGA. The most recent addition to Pico’s scalable PCI-Express architecture, the M-506 enables users to start with a single module and grow their system by adding more modules as their application needs increase.

In addition to the Stratix V GX FPGA (5SGXA3), the M-506 also features a 4GB DDR3 SODIMM capable of 12.8GB/s memory bandwidth. Communication to the host system is through an x8 Gen3 PCI-Express. For GPIO, there are 32 LVDS and 2 GX transceivers on a high density I/O header, and up to 48 M-506 modules can be clustered in Pico’s 4U SC5 FPGA SuperCluster. Furthermore, the M-506 has the capability to be utilised in standalone and embedded applications.

The M-506 module will be available at the end of the fourth quarter 2012.