Enclustra Newsletter #1 2020 - Everything FPGA

Sent March 2020

Enclustra is still here for you


Dear Customer,

Despite the Coronavirus pandemic, Enclustra is still here for you. Thanks to our modern IT infrastructure, almost all of our employees are able to work from home. In this way, we reduce the risk of infection as much as possible; the well-being of our employees and customers is especially important to us – as is offering you the same high-quality Enclustra service.

You can get in contact with our team by phone and e-mail. Please refer to our website for the new office hours. It is our goal to answer all requests within the shortest amount of time.

You can place orders in the usual manner. The lead times remain the same. We have many products in stock for immediate shipment. We are in constant contact with our logistics partners. Nevertheless, we ask for your understanding that our logistics partners may experience delays due to changing regulations.

We recommend taking advantage of the possibility to order products ahead of time. By placing orders early, you can be sure to get your products on time. We will keep you informed should there be difficulties in our supply chain which could impact on the delivery time of your orders.

Enclustra is your reliable partner for all FPGA related products and services. There has never been a better time to start an innovative FPGA based project.

We wish you all the best and hope that you, your families and your colleagues will come through these difficult times well.

Enclustra
Everything FPGA.

 
ABOUT US:

The Enclustra FPGA Design Center offers design services at all stages of development of an FPGA-based system, from conception through to bring-up at the customer site. With the FPGA Solution Center, Enclustra delivers highly integrated FPGA modules and FPGA-optimized IP cores. With the specialization on FPGA technology and a wide range of application experience, Enclustra is capable of delivering optimal solutions at minimum costs.

As well as HDL firmware, embedded software and hardware design, our expertise spans a wide range of application areas, including:

  • Embedded processing
  • Digital communications
  • Smart vision systems
  • Software-defined radio
  • Motion and drive control.
 
 

Enclustra Newsletter #2 2019 - Everything FPGA

Sent July 2019

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Newsletter #2 2019


Dear Reader,

Did you know that Enclustra is now 15 years old? Or that it has been dealing with FPGA technology and acquiring extremely comprehensive and in-depth specialist knowledge for so long? Read on below to find out more about our history and what’s new in the world of FPGAs and at Enclustra.

We hope that you enjoy reading this edition of our newsletter

Enclustra
Everything FPGA.

 
Company announcements
 
15 years of FPGA excellence

15 years ago – on 23 February 2004 – Martin Heimlicher founded Enclustra. Over the last 15 years, the one-man operation has evolved into an international company with over 50 employees and a wide-ranging product and service portfolio.

At present, more than 2,500 customers in over 65 countries rely on Enclustra modules, design services and expertise – and the number of satisfied companies is growing rapidly. Only one thing has remained unchanged over the last 15 years – Enclustra has retained the innovative capacity and flexibility of a start-up.

One of the secrets of Enclustra’s success is in the way in which it combines its focus on FPGA technology with very close collaborative relationships with customers. This allows us to achieve optimal results with minimal effort.

We would like to take this opportunity to thank all our customers who have accompanied us on this journey, with whom we have been able to enjoy good working relationships and who have helped us achieve our success!

 
 
Success Stories
 
FPGA modules give it their all
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Motor inverter with Enclustra modules

The world’s currently most successful Formula Student Electric team is using Enclustra modules in their motor inverters for the second season in a row. In 2018, the Zurich-based AMZ Team came out on top against more than 170 competitors, and is targeting this result again this year.

A detailed article in the Circuit Cellar magazine provides technical details about the setup and the technology used in the cars .

Enclustra wishes the AMZ Team all the best and great success on the racetrack!

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Balancing master
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The RISER (RISC-V Segway Robot) always gets back to its feet

The real acid test for a product comes – at the latest – when you use it yourself in a project. This is exactly what happened with the engineering company imt when it developed a trade fair demo in just four weeks. The idea of a self-balancing robot came to fruition quite quickly, with tried-and-tested procedures and the latest technologies and tools being used in the development of the idea.

A Mars AX3 FPGA module from FPGA specialists Enclustra serves as the basis for the robot. This module significantly reduced the amount of needed hardware development work, as only a very simple base board had to be developed with the power electronics and sensor systems. The detailed documentation, the VHDL reference design, the 3D CAD model and the PCB footprint – that are freely available for all Enclustra modules – helped to ensure that the PCB worked right away.

It took very little time to choose the system partition and the programming tool: With the DATAFLOW Studio, that is developed by imt, the implementation of the system was a breeze. The DATAFLOW Studio contains a RISC-V soft processor which takes care of control and regulation of the entire robot. All sensors and actuators were able to be quickly and simply connected to this high-performance open source processor via the FPGA logic.

The project was only able to be successfully carried out and the robot got up and running in such a short period of time by combining these technologies – and of course thanks to the extensive knowledge of the imt engineers.

 
 
FPGA & SoC Modules
 
The Mars ST3 base board is here
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Simply plug in the display and start Linux

The Mars ST3 is finally here – the base board for all applications that need a display. In addition to conventional standard interfaces, it offers HDMI, Mini DisplayPort as well as Mobile Industry Processor Interfaces (MIPI) for directly connecting a camera. When combined with an SoC module such as the Enclustra Mars XU3, this makes this combination the preferred platform for all applications that require an operating system and a high-resolution GUI.

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The Mercury+ XU9 is in production
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Focus on high memory bandwidth

The latest Xilinx® Zynq® UltraScale™+ MPSoC module from Enclustra is now in production. The Mercury+ XU9 is designed for extremely high memory bandwidth and large data volume – which we will test extensively in September, when the first assembled modules have arrived. Thanks to the two 64-bit DDR4 SDRAM banks (PS & PL), the module achieves a memory bandwidth of up to 38.4 GByte/sec. Twenty MGTs with transfer rates of up to 15 Gbit/sec ensure the rapid transfer of data to and from the module.

In addition to six ARM® cores, the 74 × 54 mm small modules feature a Mali™ 400MP2 GPU, 16 GByte eMMC flash memory, USB 3.0 and 178 user I/Os. The EV variants of the Mercury+ XU9 also come equipped with a H.264 / H.265 video codec.

If you want to get your hands on a Mercury+ XU9 as soon as possible, you should apply for our Early Access Program.

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Mercury+ XU1 & Mercury XU5: More variants
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From cost-efficient to extremely powerful

The range of applications covered by the Mercury+ XU1 and Mercury XU5 SOMs, which are based on the Xilinx Zynq UltraScale+ MPSoC, is now even bigger. Thanks to three new variants, six different types are now available, which at the same time demonstrates the great flexibility and future-proof of the Enclustra modules. The following variants of the Mercury+ XU1 are now also available:

  • ME-XU1-6CG-1E-D11: cost-efficient
  • ME-XU1-15EG-2I-D12E-G1: 16 GTH transceivers
  • ME-XU1-9EG-3E-D12E: high-performance

Furthermore the additional Mercury XU5 variant is available:

  • ME-XU5-2CG-1E-D10H: cost-efficient

Enclustra also offers customer-specific variants. To find out more, simply send us a request.

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Cosmos XZQ10 – now even better
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Everything you need on a single card

The Cosmos XZQ10 is the first PCIe system board from Enclustra. It combines a Xilinx Zynq-7030/7045 SoC FPGA with 1 GByte (PS) and 256 MByte (PL) SDRAM, 16 GByte eMMC flash memory and numerous interfaces on a PCIe x4/x8 card. The Cosmos XZQ10 is a complete system that can be used both in a PCI Express slot and as a standalone system board.

A new revised version of the universal system board will be released in August with numerous improvements. This new version can be supplied via an external 12-V power supply unit, via PCIe or now via an USB-C connection. Enclustra has also invested a great deal of time and effort in optimizing the layout, thus further improving the signal integrity.

 
 
 
IP Solutions
 
FPGA Manager API updated

Enclustra has continuously improved the FPGA Manager API in the recent months. As previously reported, the API library will also be supplied henceforth as a NuGet package, which will make integration and updates significantly easier. The API now officially supports Visual Studio 2019 and contains various bug fixes and improvements – such as the ability to connect several USB 3.0 devices to the same PC at once, even to various host controllers.

The entire change log is available on the API site. If you have an existing maintenance agreement for your FPGA Manager, simply send us an e-mail and we will send you the latest version of the FPGA Manager.

 
 
Design Services
 
High-speed Zynq UltraScale+ data logger

Testing and measuring systems generally need to save a large number of measured values with a high bandwidth and no interruptions. By using a standard Enclustra SOM (Mercury+ XU8) and Linux – for running data communication tasks – a data logger with a bandwidth of over 800 MByte/sec could be implemented in a very short time. Ext4 is used as a file system for the log data. A local and streamlined Web GUI based on ASP.NET MVC with Razor Pages proved up to the task for an efficient bring-up process.

If you would like to find out more about this exciting customer project, you can read the whole article here.

 
 
Events
 
Embedded Computing Conference 2019
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Edge computing, artificial intelligence, RISC-V, FPGAs and SOMs are just some of the topics in the spotlight at the Embedded Computing Conference on September 3rd 2019 in Winterthur/Switzerland. Like every year, a great deal of expertise is showcased in over 40 talks at the most important embedded event in Switzerland. An exhibition is being held in parallel to the talks. Enclustra will once again present their latest products and innovations.

Artificial intelligence is currently revolutionising countless applications at a rapid pace. In its talk entitled «Implementing artificial intelligence in FPGAs», Enclustra reveals how to introduce this future-oriented technology on a standard industrial platform.

We look forward to welcoming you in Winterthur.

 
 
ABOUT US:

The Enclustra FPGA Design Center offers design services at all stages of development of an FPGA-based system, from conception through to bring-up at the customer site. With the FPGA Solution Center, Enclustra delivers highly integrated FPGA modules and FPGA-optimized IP cores. With the specialization on FPGA technology and a wide range of application experience, Enclustra is capable of delivering optimal solutions at minimum costs.

As well as HDL firmware, embedded software and hardware design, our expertise spans a wide range of application areas, including:

  • Embedded processing
  • Digital communications
  • Smart vision systems
  • Software-defined radio
  • Motion and drive control.

Enclustra Newsletter #1 2019 - Everything FPGA

Sent February 2019

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Newsletter #1 2019


Dear Reader,

Are you planning on visiting Embedded World 2019? If so, we would be delighted to see you at the Enclustra stand 4A-121. Read on below to find out more about our trade fair appearance as well as what’s new in the world of FPGAs and at Enclustra.

We hope that you enjoy reading this edition of our newsletter

Enclustra
Everything FPGA.

 
Company announcements
 
Enclustra looking for reinforcement

Enclustra specializes in the promising FPGA technology with a great deal of success and is constantly on the lookout for highly motivated and creative new additions to the team. Enclustra offers an inspiring working environment that plays host to specialists from a wide range of disciplines. We supply our customers with tailored solutions that stand out from the rest of the competition thanks to their high quality. A lack of bureaucracy when it comes to making decisions allows us to focus on our work and helps create a good working atmosphere.

We can offer you interesting work, flexible working hours and the unique opportunity to be able to learn something new every day in a creative environment. If you are interested in joining our team, take a look at the vacancies within our company: Jobs

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A focus on quality

Enclustra is continuously optimizing all its processes and products to ensure that you, our customers, gain an advantage over your competitors.

In connection with this, Enclustra has decided to reinforce its team in the form of Kim Nicolas Naef. Following his appointment as Quality Manager, the Zurich-based company can now count a recognized expert for process-optimization, validation and outsourcing projects among its ranks. Owing to his extensive professional experience in hardware development, the management of a repairs business, sales as well as in electronics manufacturing in the closely related embedded computing industry, Kim Nicolas Naef brings an excellent understanding of the Enclustra business areas in which the company is looking to receive certification.

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Enclustra parle aussi français

Enclustra strongly believes that close working relationships and personal contact are key factors towards ensuring the success of a project. This is why we have decided that Aimad Rhatay, Sales Director for France, Québec and Belgium, will serve all of our French-speaking customers from his office in Paris with immediate effect.

Aimad Rhatay has decades of experience working with FPGA and ASIC technology in the embedded industry, and has worked in numerous roles at Thomson Broadcast, Atmel and in a self-founded ASIC/FPGA company.

 
 
FPGA & SoC Modules
 
The Mercury+ XU7 is here
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Twenty multi-gigabit transceivers

Hot on the heels of the Mercury+ XU8, the Mercury+ XU7 is now the next MPSoC module to roll off the production line and passed the bring-up with flying colors. The SoC module optimized to handle high bandwidths and large data volumes is based on the Xilinx® Zynq® UltraScale+™ MPSoC and boasts twenty multi-gigabit transceivers, each with a data transfer rate of up to 15 Gbps. With the Mercury+ XU8, the PL MGTs can also be used for PCIe® Gen3 interfaces.

Order a Mercury+ XU7 now.

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Development started on the Mercury + XU9
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Focus on high memory bandwidth

Enclustra has begun work on the development of a new Xilinx Zynq UltraScale+ MPSoC module. The Mercury+ XU9 is designed for extremely high memory bandwidths and large data volumes. Thanks to the two 64-bit DDR4 SDRAM banks (PS & PL), the module achieves memory bandwidths of up to 40.5 Gbps. Twenty MGTs with transfer rates of up to 15 Gbps ensure the rapid transfer of data to and from the module.

In addition to 6 ARM® cores, the 74 × 54 mm modules feature a Mali 400MP2 GPU, 16 GB eMMC flash memory, USB 3.0 and 178 user I/Os. The EV variants of the Mercury+ XU9 also come equipped with a H.264/H.265 video codec.

 
 
IP Solutions
 
FPGA Manager supports PCIe Gen3 & UltraScale+

Enclustra is continuously developing its IP cores to support both new technologies such as PCIe Gen3 as well as new modules such as the Xilinx UltraScale+ series. Every license holder of the relevant options with active maintenance will of course be able to benefit from the updates and improvements at no extra cost.

The next FPGA Manager release will now support PCIe Gen3 for Xilinx UltraScale+ modules and achieve data transfer rates of over 3 GByte/sec (Gen3 x4). The new release also contains numerous optimized and improved features. From now on, the API library will also be supplied as a NuGet package, which will make integration and updating significantly easier. Have you tried this out yet?

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Linux Build Environment updated

The Enclustra Linux Build Environment (EBE) is a free tool which can be used to create the Linux Board Support Package (BSP) for all Enclustra SoC modules at the touch of a button. To do this, only the target module and a base board need be selected. Once this step has been completed, the tool generates all the binary files necessary in a fully automatic process. The latest version of the EBE now also supports the Enclustra Mercury XU5 Zynq UltraScale+ MPSoC module. What’s more, Kernel (Linux 4.14/4.15), U-Boot and Buildroot have also been updated. It takes just two clicks to get your hands on the latest version including the changelog: Enclustra Linux Build Environment.

 
 
Design Services
 
Future-proof thanks to the modular approach

The modular approach taken by Enclustra in its FPGA and SoC modules demonstrated its advantages two-fold in a customer project – firstly, through an extremely short development time, and secondly, through the development of an application-specific base board that can also be used by the customer in future projects.

The base board for a Mercury+ XU8 module features the standard ports, such as 2x Gigabit Ethernet, 2x USB 3.0 and 1 x 10 Gigabit Ethernet, as well as the option of connecting four SSDs (2x SATA, 2x PCIe NVMe). In parallel to this, Enclustra has developed an additional card that can be plugged into the base board, featuring two space-rated Texas Instruments multi-gigabit transceivers, as well as SFP+ and LVDS I/Os. Although the additional card is a project-specific development, the base board will also be used in other customer projects.

In the next phase, Enclustra will develop the FPGA firmware and the embedded software, which will likewise be modularly divided into general infrastructure and application-specific functionality.

 
 
Events
 
Embedded World 2019
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On 26 February, the embedded community will once again come together at the Embedded World trade fair in Nuremberg, as it does every year. At stand 4A-121, Enclustra and hema electronic, the specialists for embedded vision solutions, will together showcase innovative and exciting products, solutions and services featuring FPGA technology.

Using numerous demos, Enclustra will demonstrate the processing power and flexibility offered by FPGA technology and at the same time provide an insight into a selection of projects developed for customers. Visitors to the trade fair can also take a look at our broad portfolio of FPGA and SoC modules and the latest products released by the company. Make a note of the date in your diary and come visit us at stand 121 in hall 4A. If you have not yet organized an entry ticket to the trade fair, simply send us an email to info@enclustra.com with the subject «Embedded World 2019 ticket».

 
FPGA Congress 2019
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The integration of ARM processors has seen FPGA technology take an evolutional leap forwards, which necessitates that hardware and software developers come up with new methods and solutions. The FPGA Congress, taking place in Munich from 21 to 23 May 2019, will pick up on this progress and focus on user-friendly solutions that can be quickly integrated into day-to-day development work.

Together with hema electronic, the specialists for embedded vision solutions, Enclustra will use the integration of the latest embedded vision solutions into existing infrastructures as an example of how FPGA and SoC modules can quickly and easily connect the analogue world to today’s digital world. The presentation entitled «Vision-Retrofit-Lösungen am konkreten Beispiel» («A specific example of vision retrofit solutions») being held at 3 p.m. on the first day, 21 May, will delve into this topic in further detail.

If you register for the Congress from March onwards using the promotional code «Enclustra-FPGA19», you will benefit from a EUR 50 discount.

 
 
ABOUT US:

The Enclustra FPGA Design Center offers design services at all stages of development of an FPGA-based system, from conception through to bring-up at the customer site. With the FPGA Solution Center, Enclustra delivers highly integrated FPGA modules and FPGA-optimized IP cores. With the specialization on FPGA technology and a wide range of application experience, Enclustra is capable of delivering optimal solutions at minimum costs.

As well as HDL firmware, embedded software and hardware design, our expertise spans a wide range of application areas, including:

  • Embedded processing
  • Digital communications
  • Smart vision systems
  • Software-defined radio
  • Motion and drive control.

Enclustra wishes you a merry Christmas and a happy New Year

Sent December 2018

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Thank you.


The year is winding down, the smell of freshly-baked cookies is getting harder to resist, and fairy lights are lighting up the dark winter sky – this can only mean it’s almost Christmas, and people are heading off to spend the holidays with their nearest and dearest.

We’d like to thank you for putting your trust in us in 2018, and we look forward to more fruitful collaboration in 2019. The entire Enclustra team wishes you a merry Christmas and a happy New Year.

 

Everything FPGA.

 
 
 
About Us

The Enclustra FPGA Design Center offers design services at all stages of development of an FPGA-based system, from conception through to bring-up at the customer site. With the FPGA Solution Center, Enclustra delivers highly integrated FPGA modules and FPGA-optimized IP cores. With the specialization on FPGA technology and a wide range of application experience, Enclustra is capable of delivering optimal solutions at minimum costs.

As well as HDL firmware, embedded software and hardware design, our expertise spans a wide range of application areas, including:

  • Embedded processing
  • Digital communications
  • Smart vision systems
  • Software defined radio
  • Motion and drive control.

Enclustra Newsletter #3 2018 - Everything FPGA

Sent September 2018

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Newsletter #3 2018


Dear readers

Although there’s still more than three months left until the end of the year, here at Enclustra we have already started our final sprint to the finish line. In addition to attending numerous trade fairs, we plan to launch another two new modules, press ahead as far as possible with the development of two more products and take the first steps in launching a new ERP system. At the same time, we are increasing production as quickly as possible so that all orders can be delivered promptly. As you can see, Enclustra still has a lot planned for the last quarter!

We hope that you enjoy reading this edition of our newsletter

Enclustra
Everything FPGA.

 
Company announcements
 
Technology partnership with hema electronic

Enclustra and the South German specialist for image processing and sensor systems hema electronic have entered into a long-term partnership. The aim of this ambitious technology partnership is to provide optimal and competitive customer-specific solutions based on the core competencies of both companies. In addition, the collective expertise within the two companies will be expanded and the development process optimized for a fast time-to-market.

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New prices as of October 2018

Enclustra will release its adjusted prices on October 1th, 2018. The reasons behind the price adjustments are the changing exchange rates as well as large investments to ensure an even better process and product quality.

Enclustra has exploited numerous options for cutting costs; however, some products are still facing a price increase in in the low, single-figure percentage range. Enclustra is taking care to ensure that the price adjustments are transparent and at the same time remain attractive for our customers in comparison with our competitors.

 
 
FPGA & SoC Modules
 
Remotely programming FPGAs

With the free Module Configuration Tool (MCT), every Enclustra product can be configured via USB and a graphical user interface – without the need for any additional special hardware. What’s more, the MCT will soon be even more universal. The MCT will soon support the Xilinx® XVC protocol, thus allowing for a hardware design to be easily debugged remotely using the Vivado® Hardware Manager. In addition, the MCT will be divided into an MCT server and an MCT client module. This will, for example, allow a module connected to another computer over a network to be managed using the well-established MCT GUI.

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Mercury XU5 in mass production
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UltraScale+ with 24 GByte/sec memory bandwidth

The Mercury XU5 is probably the most attractive entry-level model in the Xilinx Zynq® UltraScale™+ range. The SoC module features numerous direct interfaces to the FPGA fabric, in addition to a Gigabit Ethernet connection as well as up to 2 GByte DDR4 SDRAM. Up to 8 GByte of DDR4 ECC SDRAM and a Gigabit Ethernet connection are also connected to the processing system. The XU5-4EV and XU5-5EV also come equipped with an H.264/265 codec as hard IP. Both the processing system and the FPGA matrix boast four PCIe® Gen2/3 connections. The best thing about the module, which measures just 56×54 mm, is that it is already in mass production and will soon be available to buy. Order your Mercury XU5 today.

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Mercury+ XU7 & XU8 in production
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20 multi-gigabit transceivers

The Mercury+ XU7 and Mercury+ XU8 SoC modules optimized for high bandwidths and large data volumes are now in production. The first assembled Mercury+ XU8 modules will arrive at the end of October, with the Mercury+ XU7 modules being ready one month later. The MPSoC modules are based on the Xilinx Zynq UltraScale+ MPSoC and come equipped with 20 multi-gigabit transceivers, each with a data transfer rate of up to 15 Gbps. With the Mercury+ XU8, the PL MGTs can also be used for PCIe Gen3 interfaces.

 
 
Events
 
Xilinx Developer Forum XDF
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The Xilinx Developer Forum (XDF) is the biggest event of the year for every software developer and system designer who uses Xilinx FPGAs and SoCs. In addition to interesting talks on the latest products, technologies and tools, there will also be numerous workshops offering attendees targeted knowledge to apply in practice.

The XDF will be rounded off with an exhibition, as part of which Xilinx partners will present the latest innovations. Take this opportunity to visit the Enclustra stand and find out how simple it is to reduce development times and lower development costs.

We look forward to seeing you there:

  • Silicon Valley: October 1–2, 2018
  • Beijing: October 16, 2018
  • Frankfurt: December 10, 2018
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Vision 2018
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Every two years, the global image-processing community meet up at Vision in Stuttgart – with this year’s event taking place from 6 to 8 November. Together with partner company hema electronic, Enclustra will showcase the outstanding performance and flexibility of the FPGA and SoC technology, including a platform specially designed for Vision applications, based on the Mercury XU5-5EV MPSoC module. Enclustra will also demonstrate at Vision how the development service provider can offer optimal solutions with minimal effort in many areas thanks to its specialization in FPGA and SoC technology and its broad application knowledge – from the initial idea to the finished product.

 
 
ABOUT US:

The Enclustra FPGA Design Center offers design services at all stages of development of an FPGA-based system, from conception through to bring-up at the customer site. With the FPGA Solution Center, Enclustra delivers highly integrated FPGA modules and FPGA-optimized IP cores. With the specialization on FPGA technology and a wide range of application experience, Enclustra is capable of delivering optimal solutions at minimum costs.

As well as HDL firmware, embedded software and hardware design, our expertise spans a wide range of application areas, including:

  • Embedded processing
  • Digital communications
  • Smart vision systems
  • Software-defined radio
  • Motion and drive control.
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Enclustra Newsletter #2 2018 - Everything FPGA

Sent May 2018

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Newsletter #2 2018


Dear Reader,

Here at Enclustra, we are frequently astounded by the innovative ways in which our customers use FPGA technology. Whether it be in dentistry, voice transmission, time synchronization, drones or satellites, there are very few applications in which FPGAs and SoCs cannot demonstrate their flexibility, high processing power and short latency. Find out more about the almost unlimited possibilities in this newsletter!

We hope that you enjoy reading this edition of our newsletter.

Enclustra
Everything FPGA.

 
Company News
 
Reaching for the stars

The KIPP nanosatellite from Kepler Communications measures approximately 10×10×30 cm and is equipped with an FPGA module from Enclustra. The module was a key piece of the puzzle for realizing a high level of functionality with low power consumption in such a small design

If you want to track the whereabouts of the Enclustra module in space, simply click this link to find out.

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FPGA & SoC modules – the concept is catching on

Enclustra is a pioneer of FPGA & SoC-based modules. It is almost 10 years since the Swiss company presented its first module based on an Xilinx® Spartan® 3 FPGA. Enclustra’s portfolio has now grown to include 19 FPGA families with two form factors, with the company recording double-digit sales growth every year. This clearly demonstrates that the module concept that has long been established for CPUs is tried and tested with FPGAs. What’s more, this technology has long since proven that it can function in the field in terms of long-term availability, as Spartan 3 modules continue to be successfully installed in products more than nine years after their launch.

 
 
FPGA & SoC Modules
 
Linux BSP at the touch of a button

Using the Enclustra Build Environment (EBE), Linux can be compiled and the Board Support Package (BSP) created in no time at all for every Enclustra SoC module with an integrated ARM® processor – for both Intel® and Xilinx-based modules.

All you need to do is select the module and base board via a graphical user interface, and then the Enclustra Build Environment downloads the appropriate bitstream, First Stage Boot Loader (FSBL) and the requisite source codes. Once this has been done, U-Boot, Linux and the root file system based on BusyBox are compiled and ready to go. The EBE now also supports the latest Enclustra SoC modules – i.e. the Mercury+ AA1, Mercury+ XU1, Mars MA3 and Mars XU3 modules.

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Mercury XU5 – more interfaces for the PL
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UltraScale+ with two memory channels

Enclustra’s latest SoC module based on Xilinx Zynq® UltraScale+ is in development. The Mercury XU5 features more direct interfaces to the FPGA fabric, in addition to a Gigabit Ethernet connection as well as up to 2 GByte DDR4 SDRAM. The module also has up to 8 GByte DDR4 ECC SDRAM connected directly to the processing system and a Gigabit Ethernet interface. Both the processing system and the FPGA matrix boast an up to four lanes PCIe® Gen2/3 connection.

In addition to six ARM cores, the 56 × 54 mm module features a Mali400MP2 GPU, an H.264/H.265 video codec (for EV variants), 16 GByte eMMC flash memory, USB 3.0 and 178 User I/Os.

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Mercury+ XU7 & XU8: a great deal of bandwidth
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20 multi-gigabit transceivers

Enclustra has started to develop two SoC modules optimized for high bandwidths and large volumes of data. The Mercury+ XU7 and Mercury+ XU8 are based on the Xilinx Zynq UltraScale+ MPSoC and come equipped with 20 multi-gigabit transceivers, each with a data transfer rate of up to 15 Gbps.

In order to be able to efficiently buffer the high volumes of data, the PL has its own 32-bit memory and up to 4 GByte DDR4 SDRAM. When combined with up to 8 GByte DDR4 ECC SDRAM connected directly to the processing system, this allows for 29.8 GByte/sec memory bandwidth.

In addition to six ARM cores, the 74 × 54 mm modules feature a Mali 400MP2 GPU, 16 GByte eMMC flash memory, USB 3.0 and 236 user I/Os. The EV variants of the Mercury+ XU8 also come equipped with a H.264/H.265 video codec.

 
 
IP Solutions
 
PCIe now even easier to use with FPGA Manager
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FPGA communication solution with DMA

The FPGA Manager PCIe communication solution is now even more flexible. The FPGA Manager IP core now connects to the PCIe hard macro from Xilinx and Intel in the user design, thus making its configuration by the user much easier. This also simplifies and speeds up the porting of an application onto another FPGA or host.

In all other respects, everything remains the same: the FPGA Manager IP Solution from Enclustra makes it easier than ever to write configuration data, export measurement data and stream video data. Besides PCIe, the solution also features Ethernet and USB interfaces. Experience the solution first-hand with the FPGA Manager Evaluation Kit.

 
 
Design Services
 
Multiport video switch with image processing

Enclustra has been commissioned by a customer to develop the hardware and firmware for a multiport video switch that is to be used in the aviation segment. Several input signals can be combined, scaled and reversed on each output. The five dedicated video processors are controlled by a central Zynq UltraScale+ MPSoC. An on-screen display (OSD) layer can also be calculated and displayed for each of the outputs. In addition, the system also has a record function, which can compress audio and video signals using the internal Zynq MPEG4 encoder and save this to a SATA hard drive.

 
 
Events
 
Embedded Computing Conference 2018
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The Embedded Computing Conference is the most important event for the Swiss embedded computing industry. Hundreds of experts will come together at the Zurich University of Applied Sciences (ZHAW) in Winterthur on 5 June 2018 to find out more about the latest trends, products and developments.

Enclustra will present its development services and latest products featuring the highly flexible and extremely high-performance FPGA & SoC technologies to all guests at the trade fair. In a lecture entitled «UltraScale+ MPSoC as an application accelerator», Enclustra will use the example of calculating the Mandelbrot set to show how mathematically demanding problems can be efficiently solved in an FPGA. An SoC module with an Xilinx UltraScale+, such as the Enclustra Mercury+ XU1 module, is ideally suited to making an algorithm work faster thanks to the combination of an FPGA fabric and ARM CPUs.

Visitors to the Enclustra stand will be able to experience this extremely high-performance solution in action first-hand – in our full-HD demo, they can use the mouse to zoom into any point of the Mandelbrot set, which will be run at a breath-taking speed! We look forward to seeing you at our stand – sign-up for free: Embedded Computing Conference registration.

 
FPGA Congress 2018
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The integration of ARM processors has seen FPGA technology take an evolutional leap forwards, which necessitates that hardware and software developers come up with new methods and solutions. The FPGA Congress, taking place in Munich on 12–14 June 2018, will pick up on this progress and focus on user-friendly solutions that can be quickly integrated into day-to-day development work.

In addition to the current state-of-the-art SoC modules, such as the Mercury+ XU1, which is based the on Xilinx UltraScale+ MPSoC, or the extremely compact Mars MA3, which is built around the Intel Cyclone V SoC, Enclustra will hold an interesting lecture on the challenges that an FPGA has to address with respect to a high-level language. The lecture entitled «The universal PCIe, USB and Ethernet communications package for FPGAs» will take place at 11.15 a.m. on the second day of the Congress.

Sign up now and take advantage of a EUR 50 discount on the registration fee using the promotional code «FPGA-ENCLUSTRA»: Sign up for the FPGA Congress

 
 
ABOUT US:

The Enclustra FPGA Design Center offers design services at all stages of development of an FPGA-based system, from conception through to bring-up at the customer site. With the FPGA Solution Center, Enclustra delivers highly integrated FPGA modules and FPGA-optimized IP cores. With the specialization on FPGA technology and a wide range of application experience, Enclustra is capable of delivering optimal solutions at minimum costs.

As well as HDL firmware, embedded software and hardware design, our expertise spans a wide range of application areas, including:

  • Embedded processing
  • Digital communications
  • Smart vision systems
  • Software-defined radio
  • Motion and drive control.

Enclustra Newsletter #1 2018 - Everything FPGA

Sent February 2018

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Newsletter #1 2018


Dear Reader,

Each year, the first quarter at Enclustra is always dedicated to preparing for Embedded World: the stands have to be designed, demos organized and the latest products polished to a shine. Read on to find out why a visit to Embedded World is always worthwhile, and what's new in the world of FPGAs.

Kind regards from Zürich, and hopefully see you in Nuremberg,

Enclustra
Everything FPGA.

Company News
Even closer to our customers
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Roland Paul is our new VP Sales

We're continuing to grow our sales, support and engineering teams to better serve our customers. As of the start of 2018, Roland Paul, our former Hardware Development Manager, is now responsible for sales at Enclustra. As VP Sales, his role is focussed on helping our customers find the optimal solution for their application. Guidance with system design is one service on offer, with hardware selection based on a standard Enclustra module or a custom development, as well as application-specific recommendations for firmware and low-level software.

If you're looking for a solution for your FPGA-based application, send us an email at sales@enclustra.com, or call us on +41 43 343 39 43 to get the ball rolling.

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An easy way to sweeten your day
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Tasty chocolate with a few mouse clicks

In order to be able to adapt our modules even more precisely to your requirements, we've rustled up a survey. Aptly titled "Your ideal module survey", with your valuable input you can help shape the development of the next generation of modules. As a thank you for your participation, you'll receive some delicious Swiss chocolate - click through to bag your bar.

FPGA & SoC Modules
One configuration tool for all modules

With the free Module Configuration Tool (MCT), all Enclustra products can be configured via USB from a graphical user interface on a host PC - without any additional hardware. It's the Swiss army knife for all of our FPGA and SoC modules, base boards and system boards. The built-in USB port on the base boards allows programming of the FPGA and SPI flash on the module, as well as allowing access to EEPROM, to read configuration data such as the serial number, the FPGA type or the Ethernet MAC address.

The recently-released version 2.3 update includes a new installer and now supports our latest product family, the Cosmos System Boards. The latest version is always available for download on the Module Configuration Tool page.

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Mercury XU5: UltraScale+ with two memory channels
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The UltraScale+ middle class is in production

The newest member of our Xilinx® Zynq® UltraScale+®-based SoC module is in production. The Mercury XU5 has two memory channels: one connected to the processing system, supporting up to 8 GB of DDR4 ECC SDRAM, and a second connected to the FPGA matrix, with up to 2 GB of DDR4 SDRAM. With this configuration, the module achieves a memory bandwidth of up to 24 GB/s.

In addition to six ARM® cores, the 56 × 54 mm module offers a Mali -400MP2 GPU, 16 GB eMMC flash, USB 3.0 and 178 user I/Os. Both the processing system and the FPGA fabric have a Gigabit Ethernet and PCIe® Gen2/3 ×4 connection.

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Mars XU3 & Mercury+ XU1: Design in a nutshell
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Zynq UltraScale+ modules significantly reduce development time

Designing-in Xilinx Zynq UltraScale+ technology has never been so easy. Detailed documentation, reference designs and the Enclustra Build Environment, which generates the Linux Board Support Package at the push of a button, make commissioning easy.

Now is the perfect time to start designing with Xilinx UltraScale+ technology - contact us to help you get started.

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Mars MA3: Compact Cyclone V SoC module
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A complete system on a 67.6 x 30 mm board

The Intel® Cyclone® V SoC-based Mars MA3 module is in mass production. It's the ideal solution for space-constrained applications that still require high-performance computing and large bandwidths. It offers up to 110,000 system logic cells, 108 user I/Os, a dual-core ARM Cortex®-A9 processor, up to 2 GB of DDR3L SDRAM, 64 MB of QSPI flash, as well as Gigabit Ethernet and USB 2.0. Two base boards are available to get up and running quickly: the Mars PM3, which can be flexibly upgraded thanks to the FMC LPC connector, and the Mars EB1, which is optimized for video applications.

Development Services
Preparation is half the battle

A potential customer got in contact with us because they had developed an FPGA design, which was already productive in their system, but was lacking proper documentation and test infrastructure. As a part of their plan to make their system's key components fit for the future, they decided to hire us to take care of the FPGA part.

Our FPGA design specialists started off with working themselves through the current FPGA design and writing a thorough documentation, covering all aspects of the design in detail. This was done in close collaboration with the customer's FPGA, hardware and software developers. While digging into the design, all findings that could result in improvements of functionality, reliability, testability, maintainability, etc. were noted and afterwards discussed with the customer's development team.

The next step will be to build up a regression test infrastructure, consisting of self-checking unit test benches as well as a self-checking top-level test bench and to tie these building blocks into a continuous integration environment, which makes the current state of the design available at virtually all times and allows to verify future modifications quickly and comprehensively. Thorough documentation, regression tests and continuous integration make the design much more maintainable and reduce the dependency of know-how associated with individual developers significantly. This particular FPGA design will be very well prepared for the challenges to come.

Trade Fairs and Events
Embedded World 2018
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On the 27th of February, it will be time again: Nuremberg is playing host to Embedded World for three days, the world's largest trade fair and congress event for embedded technologies. We'll be present again, with two booths, for the whole duration of the event, together with AntMicro, the embedded software specialist and the imaging expert sensor to image for OEM solutions from camera to frame grabber.

With several new demos, we'll be demonstrating the enormous processing power and flexibility of FPGA technology, whilst providing insight into customer-developed projects. Our ever-expanding portfolio of FPGA and SoC modules and other products will also be on display. Mark the date in your calendar and visit us at Hall 4A Stand 121 or Hall 3 Stand 210. If you still need a ticket, you can use the coupon code ew18web to get one for free.

ABOUT US:

The Enclustra FPGA Design Center offers design services at all stages of development of an FPGA-based system, from conception through to bring-up at the customer site. With the FPGA Solution Center, Enclustra delivers highly integrated FPGA modules and FPGA-optimized IP cores. With the specialization on FPGA technology and a wide range of application experience, Enclustra is capable of delivering optimal solutions at minimum costs.

As well as HDL firmware, embedded software and hardware design, our expertise spans a wide range of application areas, including:

  • Embedded processing
  • Digital communications
  • Smart vision systems
  • Software-defined radio
  • Motion and drive control.

Merry Christmas and a happy New Year

Sent December 2017

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Xmas greetings

Thank you.


The year is winding down, the smell of freshly-baked cookies is getting harder to resist, and fairy lights are lighting up the dark winter sky — this can only mean it’s almost Christmas, and people are heading off to spend the holidays with their nearest and dearest.We’d like to thank you for putting your trust in us in 2017, and we look forward to more fruitful collaboration in 2018. The entire Enclustra team wishes you a merry Christmas and a happy new year.

Enclustra
Everything FPGA.

About Us

The Enclustra FPGA Design Center offers design services at all stages of development of an FPGA-based system, from conception through to bring-up at the customer site. With the FPGA Solution Center, Enclustra delivers highly integrated FPGA modules and FPGA-optimized IP cores. With the specialization on FPGA technology and a wide range of application experience, Enclustra is capable of delivering optimal solutions at minimum costs.

As well as HDL firmware, embedded software and hardware design, our expertise spans a wide range of application areas, including:

  • Embedded processing
  • Digital communications
  • Smart vision systems
  • Software defined radio
  • Motion and drive control.
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Enclustra Newsletter #3 2017 - Everything FPGA

Sent July 2017

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Newsletter #3 2017


Dear Reader,

Summer has arrived early here in Zurich, bringing with it some beautiful warm weather. The sun is shining, the plants are growing and the flowers are in full bloom. There are also several «budding» developments starting to bear fruit at Enclustra, such as a number of Xilinx® Zynq® UltraScale+™ modules. Read our newsletter to find out more about our latest products and everything that’s going on at Enclustra this summer.

We hope that you enjoy this edition of our newsletter

Enclustra
Everything FPGA.

Company News
Temperatures are rising, prices are falling

UltraScale+ and Cyclone® V SoC modules considerably cheaper

Enclustra is constantly optimizing all of its processes and products in order to ensure that we can provide you with an advantage over your competitors. Thanks to these efforts, Enclustra is able to offer selected Intel® Cyclone V SoC and Xilinx Zynq UltraScale+ modules at prices up to 30% lower than at the beginning of the year. The current, lower prices can be found, as always, on our website.

FPGA & SoC Modules
Visual System Integrator for Enclustra modules
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Intuitive development of heterogeneous systems

Visual System Integrator from System View is a graphical expansion for Xilinx's Vivado Toolsuite and is used to develop complex, heterogeneous embedded systems. The tool supports most Xilinx FPGAs and SoCs as well as Windows and Linux (embedded) PCs. Many Enclustra modules are supported by VSI, including Mars ZX2, Mars ZX3, Mars XU3, Mercury KX1 and Mercury KX2, thus making programming even easier and more intuitive.

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Mars XU3 and Mercury+ XU1: ready for production
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Start of production for the Zynq UltraScale+ modules

The industrialization of the latest Enclustra Mars XU3 and Mercury+ XU1 modules is underway and in full swing. All of the functions and interfaces of the Xilinx Zynq UltraScale+ MPSoC modules have been tested and series production is set to start soon. Order your modules today!

There has never been a better time to start with the design-in of an UltraScale+ based module. Why not request a copy of the user manuals for the Mars XU3 and Mercury+ XU1 modules. Should you have any questions, simply get in touch with us and we would be more than happy to help you.

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Cosmos XZQ10: everything on one card
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Interfaces without limits

The Cosmos XZQ10 is the first PCIe system board to be produced by Enclustra. It is made up of a Xilinx Zynq-7030/7035/7045 SoC FPGA in combination with 1 GByte (PS) and 256 MByte (PL) SDRAM, 16 GByte eMMC flash memory and numerous interfaces on a PCIe Gen2 x4/x8 card. The XZQ10 is a complete system that can be used in a PCIe slot as well as on a standalone basis, as it is provided with power via a 12 V power supply unit, USB-C or PCIe.

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Mercury XU5: development started
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UltraScale+ medium-class ready to go

Enclustra is expanding its portfolio of Xilinx UltraScale+ SoC modules further with the addition of the Mercury XU5. This module meets the requirements of applications that sit somewhere between the high-end Mercury+ XU1module and the extremely compact Mars XU3. In addition to six ARM cores, the Mercury XU5 boasts a Mali-400MP2 GPU, up to 8 GByte DDR4 SDRAM, 16 GByte eMMC flash memory, USB 3.0, Gigabit Ethernet and 178 user I/Os.

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Mars MA3: Cyclone V module in production
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Compact Cyclone V SoC module

Production has started on our first Intel module with an Altera® Cyclone V SoC in the extremely compact Mars design. The Mars MA3 rounds off the low-end range of our extensive product portfolio of Intel SoC modules. The Mars MA3 series features up to 110,000 system logic cells, 108 user I/Os, a Dual Core ARM Cortex A9 processor, up to 2 GByte DDR3L SDRAM, 64 MByte QSPI flash memory, as well as Gigabit Ethernet and USB 2.0. In order to make the design-in phase as easy as possible, the module only requires a 3.3-V power supply.

IP Solutions
FPGA Manager Evaluation Kit
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Host to FPGA communication solution

Whether it’s for writing configuration data, importing measurement data or streaming video data, many FPGA-based applications involve a host PC having access to a programmable module. The FPGA Manager IP Solution represents a tried-and-tested, flexible and cost-effective communication solution for Ethernet, USB and PCIe interfaces. What’s more, the evaluation process has now been made even easier thanks to the Evaluation Kit.

Development Services
Measurement system with 600 I2C sensors

One of our clients’ research departments required a solution for obtaining data samples from 600 I2C sensors simultaneously, making the samples available in a single SoC device, transferring the samples into an existing software algorithm (as well as to a PC) and transmitting the measurement results to an upstream unit via SPI. And they wanted this solution to be provided in next to no time at all.

In developing this solution, we were able to take full advantage of our standard hardware products (FPGA/SoC modules and base boards), our IP solutions (FPGA Manager) as well as the expertise of our experienced development team, thus allowing us to offer our client a very attractive schedule – and adhere to it too.

The system comprises several data acquisition units (Mercury+ KX2 module with a Mercury PE1 base board) and a single processing unit (Mercury ZX1 module with Mercury PE1 base board). All of these components are connected via 8B10B-encoded LVDS cabling, using standard FPGA I/Os and employing clock recovery at the receiving ends. Thanks to Enclustra’s FPGA Manager IP Solution, the PC also involved in this system has full access to all of the sensor data, directly from MATLAB®.

About Us

The Enclustra FPGA Design Center offers design services at all stages of development of an FPGA-based system, from conception through to bring-up at the customer site. With the FPGA Solution Center, Enclustra delivers highly integrated FPGA modules and FPGA-optimized IP cores. With the specialization on FPGA technology and a wide range of application experience, Enclustra is capable of delivering optimal solutions at minimum costs.

As well as HDL firmware, embedded software and hardware design, our expertise spans a wide range of application areas, including:

  • Embedded processing
  • Digital communications
  • Smart vision systems
  • Software defined radio
  • Motion and drive control.
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Enclustra Newsletter #2 2017 - Everything FPGA

Sent March 2017

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Newsletter #2 2017


Dear Reader,

One of the highlights of the year is always Embedded World, taking place in Nuremberg again this year, from the 14th to the 16th of March. We're rather excited to be there, and look forward to presenting the latest products and innovations from our team here in Zürich. We'd love it if you dropped by to see us; you can find us in hall 1 at stand 1-101, and in hall 4A at stand 4A-121.

Kind regards from Zürich,

Enclustra
Everything FPGA.

Company News
Visual System Integrator
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Accelerating SoC development

Visual System Integrator, from System View is a graphical extension to the Xilinx® Vivado® suite for the development of complex embedded systems. The tool supports most Xilinx FPGAs and SoCs, as well as Windows and embedded Linux. After rendering the hardware platform setup, the tool automatically generates the needed interconnects: PCIe, AXI-MM, AXI-Stream, Ethernet and Aurora interfaces are all supported.

The first official release of VSI is available now for evaluation – a quick search online will lead you to a few videos showing the graphical user interface and example applications in action. The graphical user interface the system designer, to drag-and-drop functional blocks between CPUs and FPGAs, and generate the new bitstreams and binaries with just a few clicks.

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In your neck of the woods

Our agencies in Germany, France, USA and China

Personal contact is key to successful collaboration – we value being close to our customers. In addition to our HQ in Zürich, we now have agents in Germany, France, USA and China, who can help with both technical and sales enquiries. Click through for your closest connection.

FPGA & SoC Modules
Mars XU3: Zynq® UltraScale+ power, in miniature
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108 user I/Os, PCIe, Gigabit Ethernet, USB 3.0

The Mars XU3 is our first Xilinx Zynq UltraScale+ module, in the extremely compact and popular SO-DIMM form factor. Think of the XU3 as the Mercury+ XU1's little brother, offering up to 154,000 systems logic cells, 108 user I/Os, 6 ARM® processors, a Mali™-400 MP2 GPU, up to 4 GByte of ultra-fast DDR4 SDRAM, 64 MByte QSPI flash memory, and 16 GByte eMMC flash memory, as well as Gigabit Ethernet and USB 2.0/3.0 ports.

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Mercury+ AA1: Intel® Arria® 10 SoC modules
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Incredible floating point performance, incredible price

The Mercury+ AA1 SoC module, based on the Intel Arria 10 SoC, offers up to 480,000 system logic cells and an extremely juicy amount of performance at a very tasty price point. In addition to its integrated dual-core ARM processor, the module offers up to 286 user I/Os, and 12 multi-gigabit transceivers each offer a data transfer rate of up to 12.5 Gbps. Interfaces for USB 3.0, PCIe Gen3 ×4/Gen2 ×8 and Gigabit Ethernet make the module suitable for almost all applications. Its fast DDR4 SDRAM with a bandwidth of 9.6 GByte/sec and ECC also means that it's well suited for application that require the utmost data integrity.

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Mercury+ XU1: plug and play UltraScale+
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6 ARM cores, 1 GPU, and 1 FPGA in credit card size

Diving into the world of Xilinx Zynq UltraScale+ is an easy prospect with our Mercury+ XU1 SoC module. Comprehensive documentation and a reference design allow for a quick start with the hardware, while Linux can be compiled with a few clicks using the Enclustra Build Environment; all required files, including FPGA bitstream, are generated automatically.

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Mars MA3: compact Altera Cyclone® V SoC module
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Dual core ARM ual-Core, 108 user I/Os, ethernet, USB

The Mars MA3, now in development, is our first Altera Cyclone V SoC module using the proven Mars SO-DIMM format, nicely rounding out our portfolio of Intel SoC modules. The MA3 offers up to 110,000 system logic cells, 108 user I/Os, a dual-core ARM Cortex-A9 processor, up to 2 GByte of fast DDR3L SDRAM, 64 MByte QSPI flash, as well as Gigabit Ethernet and USB 2.0. And, all that on an area of just 67.6 x 30 mm. To further ease the design-in process, the module only needs a single 3.3 V power supply.

IP Solutions
Motion control kit for DC and stepper motors

BLDC-, DC-, and stepper motor control with the same IP core

Our proven and flexible Universal Drive Controller IP Core Evaluation Kit now supports two more motor types: adding to the previous support for BLDC motors, the kit is now also available with a DC or stepper motor. The kit consists of an evaluation licence for the Universal Drive Controller IP Core, a Mercury SA1 (Intel) or Mars ZX3 (Xilinx) SoC module, a suitable base board, an FMC-DR2 power electronics card, and a BLDC, DC, or stepper motor.

The Universal Drive Controller allows for the integration of FPGA-based motion control into your application, even without FPGA know-how – A C programming API makes all features available from software. Use PWM and control loop frequencies of several hundred Kilohertz without jitter, or adjust the locking times for high and low-side switches to a few nanoseconds.

Design Services
Zynq UltraScale+ drone control

The official term is unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV), apparently, which is a bit of a mouthful, so we prefer to say drone. In any case, we developed a controller for a UAV (drone) for a customer using a Xilinx Zynq UltraScale+ SoC, whose CPUs implement the position control as well as tracking of the flight trajectory. The sensors and actors are attached through the FPGA logic; the number and type of these interfaces vary greatly with the type of controlled vehicle, so all of these interfaces are dynamically configurable.

The controller also supports redundancy, by having two parallel flight calculator units supervising each other. Should the currently active calculator fail, the reserve unit takes over all tasks autonomously. Aside flight control functions, the controller prepares and compresses a Full-HD video signal (HD-SDI) from a camera for transmission over radio.

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High-Precision EMV Measurements

Every consumer electronics product has to comply with standards for electromagnetic radiation to ensure that any emitted radiation is not harmful to those who use it. The same principle applies for industrial electronic devices; there are strict rules regarding the amount of emitted radiation which is permitted. In both cases, the device’s manufacturer must prove that radiation emitted is within the allowed range. A more precise measurement of this radiation means that a smaller margin of error has to be applied and thus makes it easier it to meet the certification criteria.

We were approached by a customer with the aim of building high-precision measurement equipment for electric and magnetic fields for certification purposes. The baseboard that carries the electromagnetic sensors and all required analog electronics is being developed by the customer, and is equipped with a small, custom FPGA module. This module, as well as the FPGA firmware running on it, is being developed by Enclustra. The firmware contains a wide array of signal processing to correct any measurement distortions caused by the analog electronics, as well as complex data-logging logic and an interface to a host PC, where the final data processing is applied and the certification criteria evaluated.

Thanks to the use of ready-to-use Enclustra IP cores in this project, the development effort has been greatly reduced: FPGA Manager USB 2.0 is used for the communication with the host PC, and the buffering logic is mainly implemented using the Stream Buffer Controller IP Core.

Events
Embedded World 2017
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Between the 14th and 16th March 2017, everything is about embedded systems at the Nuremberg Exhibition Centre, for Embedded World 2017. We're continuing our tradition of being present, and have two booths, together with AntMicro, our embedded software specialist partner. Mark the date in your calendar and visit us in hall 1 at stand 1-101, or in hall 4A at stand 4A-121 at the largest international fair for embedded technologies.

Don't miss these highlights:

  • Visual System Integrator: the new system-level design tool for the development of heterogeneous FPGA and CPU applications. System View's CEO Sandeep Dutta will be available for questions and demos.
  • Motion control with FPGAs: precision control of DC, BLDC, 2- and 3-phase stepper motors without FPGA knowledge? We'll show you how.
  • The newest SoC and FPGA modules: use a commercial off-the-shelf solution and reduce development time, costs, and risks.
  • Engineering services: thanks to more than 10 years of experience carrying out over 100 customer projects, we always find the optimal solution. Take the chance at Embedded World to come talk with us about your project.
  • Enclustra IP cores: Avoid reinventing the wheel; use our solutions, proven and tested in many applications.
  • 4K video camera and the UltraScale+ module: together with our partner AntMicro, we demonstrate a 4K camera for broadcast and cinema applications built around the brand-new Mercury+ XU1 SoC module.

Do you need a ticket for Embeded World? Send us an email and get one for free.

About Us

The Enclustra FPGA Design Center offers design services at all stages of development of an FPGA-based system, from conception through to bring-up at the customer site. With the FPGA Solution Center, Enclustra delivers highly integrated FPGA modules and FPGA-optimized IP cores. With the specialization on FPGA technology and a wide range of application experience, Enclustra is capable of delivering optimal solutions at minimum costs.

As well as HDL firmware, embedded software and hardware design, our expertise spans a wide range of application areas, including:

  • Embedded processing
  • Digital communications
  • Smart vision systems
  • Software defined radio
  • Motion and drive control.
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Enclustra Newsletter #1 2017 - Everything FPGA

Sent January 2017

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Newsletter #1 2017


Dear reader,

The festive season has come and gone and 2016 is consigned to the vaults of history, which means it is time for us to say a HUGE thank you for the loyalty and trust that you continue to show and place in us. In this edition of our newsletter, you can read about all of the developments that have taken place in terms of FPGAs and SoCs, as well as all of the happenings and changes at Enclustra. We're looking forward to 2017.

Kind regards from Zürich,

Enclustra
Everything FPGA.

Company News
Review of 2016 and a look to the future

2016 proved to be an extremely exciting and successful year for Enclustra, as well as one that included a great deal of change. Not only did we take on eight new employees and move to brand new office premises, but we also worked on a large number of interesting projects, solved many a technological problem and expanded our network of contacts. Our product portfolio has grown once again, with 3 new modules being added to it. The fun doesn't stop there either, as our wizards have developed various plans and ideas to increase this number even further – there are already numerous Intel® and Xilinx® SoC modules in the development pipeline. We also assume that you must already be aware of a change that has affected us – namely, the acquisition of Altera by Intel, which means that Enclustra will in future develop Intel modules.

FPGA & SoC Modules
Mars XU3: Zynq® UltraScale+® in miniature
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108 user I/Os, PCIe, Gigabit Ethernet, USB 3.0

The Mars XU3 is the first Xilinx Zynq UltraScale+ module to be developed by Enclustra and comes in the extremely compact and well-established SO-DIMM form factor. It is optimized for applications that require the greatest processing power possible in the smallest of spaces, without having to make any compromises when it comes to functionality. The Mars XU3 series offers up to 154,000 systems logic cells, 108 user I/Os, 6 ARM® processors, a GPU, up to 4 GB of ultra-fast DDR4 SDRAM, 64 MB QSPI flash memory, 4 GB eMMC flash memory as well as Gigabit Ethernet and USB 2.0/3.0 ports, all on a surface area measuring just 67.6 × 30 mm. In order to ensure that the design-in process can be configured as simply as possible, the module only requires a single 3.3 V feed for the power supply.

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Mercury+ AA1: Intel Arria® 10 SoC modules
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First modules already in use

The first Mercury+ AA1 SoC modules, based on the Intel Arria 10 SoC, are hot out of production and commissioning is almost complete. At the heart of this high-end module is the new Altera Arria 10 SoC in 20-nm technology, with integrated dual-core ARM processor. In addition to up to 286 user I/Os, the 12 multi-gigabit transceivers each offer a data transfer rate of up to 12.5 Gbps. Interfaces for USB 3.0, PCIe Gen3 x4/Gen2 x8 and Gigabit Ethernet meet the requirements for almost all applications. Its DDR4 SDRAM with ECC also means that increased data integrity requirements can be met.

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Mercury+ XU1: The Zynq UltraScale+ module
mercury+_xu1_xilinx_soc_module

Module comes through trial by fire

The first Xilinx Zynq UltraScale+ SoC module from Enclustra was thrown in at the deep end at the Vision trade fair in Stuttgart and successfully managed to survive the trial by fire. Used as the centerpiece of a 4K camera, the Mercury+ XU1 transmitted the sensor data to both a local display and an external monitor. The GUI for controlling the camera was also running in parallel to this on the integrated ARM CPU. The operating system being used here was Linux.

In addition to its up to 747,000 systems logic cells across 6 ARM processors, the Mercury+ XU1 series also possesses a GPU and up to 294 user I/Os. The series' built-in interfaces include two Gigabit Ethernet, USB 3.0 and USB 2.0, 16 MGTs (with speeds of up to 12.5 Gbps), as well as PCIe Gen2 x4. With up to 8 GB DDR4 SDRAM with bandwidths of 19.2 Gbps and ECC, as well as 8 GB eMMC flash memory, the Mercury+ XU1 is well equipped for resource-hogging applications.

IP Solutions
Motion Control Kit for Intel FPGAs

Drive control using FPGAs has never been so easy

The tried-and-tested Enclustra BLDC Evaluation Kit is now also available for Intel FPGAs. In addition to an evaluation license for the Universal Drive Controller IP Core from a Mercury SA1 SoC module, which is based on an Intel Cyclone® V SoC, the Kit also includes a Mercury+ PE1-200 base board, an FMC-DR2 power electronics card and a Maxon BLDC Motor with MR encoder.

Set lock times for high and low-side switches so that they are accurate to just a few nanoseconds or PWM and control frequencies to an accuracy of a few hundred Kilohertz without any jitter: all of this is possible thanks to our Universal Drive Controller IP Core, which supports DC, BLDC and 2 and 3-phase stepper motors.

Design Services
PCI Express to Wishbone Bridge

We were asked to migrate the SPI slave interfaces of an existing FPGA design to PCIe interfaces providing massively more bandwidth, while maintaining the FPGA-internal Wishbone communication infrastructure and as much as possible of the embedded software controlling the SPI masters. Subsequently, we replaced the SPI slave interfaces with a multi-function PCIe endpoint with attached Wishbone masters and mapped the new FPGA design to an Altera Cyclone V GX device.

On the embedded software side, the low-level SPI driver was replaced by a tailored PCIe driver, emulating the same behavior. This development provides our customers with a smooth transition to the latest FPGA technology and delivers the performance required for next-generation systems.

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Agile RF Source for trapped ion experiments

The Xilinx Spartan-6 based RF source provides multiple DDS channels for modulating the frequency, phase and amplitude of laser light used in the experiments. Also available are feedback channels for monitoring the light intensity at another point in the system and thus being able to measure the experimental noise and drift introduced by the optical components.

We took the existing PCB design and brushed it up to make it ready for the modifications and extension to come. Furthermore, we implemented the first evolution as planned in the roadmap, enabling even more sophisticated experiments. Let's get quantum computing started!

Events
A look back at the Intel SoC Developer Forum...

As part of the Intel SoC FPGA Developer Forum (ISDF), Enclustra demonstrated its longstanding expertise at events held in four countries on three different continents. The company's "world tour" started in California on 8 October with further stops in Germany and Japan before ending in Beijing, China on 8 November. At each of the four events, the Swiss high-tech company presented the benefits of combining comprehensive development services with a broad portfolio of FPGA and SoC modules, as well as IP cores.

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...and a look back at Vision 2016

Every two years, the global image-processing community convenes at the Vision trade fair in Stuttgart. In collaboration with partner company AntMicro, Enclustra showcased the high level of performance and flexibility offered by FPGA and SoC technology, for example by using a 4K camera (see above) based on the Mercury+ XU1 SoC module. Enclustra also showed visitors to the trade fair how it is able to offer optimal solutions at minimal cost and effort in its capacity as a development service provider thanks to its specialization in FPGA and SoC technology, as well as its wide-ranging application knowledge. We revealed the entire process behind this – from the initial development of the idea to the finished product.

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Looking ahead to Embedded World 2017
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From 14 to 16 March 2017, the Nuremburg Exhibition Centre will be dedicated to all things related to embedded systems. Enclustra will once again be present at Embedded World with two stands – together with AntMicro, the specialist for embedded software. Mark the dates on your calendar and come visit us at Stand 121 in Hall 4A or Stand 101 in Hall 1 at the world's largest trade fair and congress dedicated to embedded technologies.

About Us

The Enclustra FPGA Design Center offers design services at all stages of development of an FPGA-based system, from conception through to bring-up at the customer site.

As well as HDL firmware, embedded software and hardware design, our expertise spans a wide range of application areas, including:

  • Embedded processing
  • Digital communications
  • Smart vision systems
  • Software defined radio
  • Motion and drive control.

Enclustra Newsletter #2 2016 - Everything FPGA

Sent July 2016

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Newsletter #2 2016


Dear reader,

FPGA development requires a wealth of complicated tools, but in the summer heat it’s the simple tools that can really increase efficiency; we are, of course, talking about ice cream. As well as our cooling habits, in this newsletter you can read about the latest innovations and developments in the world of FPGAs.

Kind regards from Zürich,

Enclustra
Everything FPGA.

Company News
We're moving to larger offices

In September the moment we’ve been preparing for the last several months will finally arrive: we’re moving into spacious new offices, at Räffelstrasse 28 in Zürich. Products, services and support will all remain the same – only our address is changing.

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We're now a MathWorks® partner

Through our system integration services we’ve become a MathWorks partner - this not only acknowledges our longstanding expertise in the use of MATLAB® for FPGA development, but also demonstrates the increasing importance of model-based design for efficient implementation of FPGA-based applications.

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Antmicro: strong partners for embedded software

With the advent of heterogeneous multicore 64-bit FPGA SoCs, the need for embedded software in FPGA-based systems is increasing rapidly – to this end, we’d like to reintroduce our partners in embedded software design services, Antmicro. Check out what the authors of our Linux build system for Altera® and Xilinx® SoCs can do for your project.

FPGA & SoC Modules
Mercury+ KX2: 12.8 GByte/sec memory bandwith
mercury_kx2

216 User-I/Os, 8 MGTs and dual Gigabit Ethernet

Meet the very first FPGA module in Mercury+ form factor, the Mercury+ KX2. It’s optimized for applications which require both a particularly high number of I/Os and high memory bandwidth. Thanks to three Hirose FX10 connectors, there are 216 user I/Os available – 58 more than for its little brother, the Mercury KX1 – as well as 8 MGTs instead of 4, with speeds of up to 10.3125 Gbit/sec. Memory-intensive applications can access up to 2 GBytes of DDR3-1600 SDRAM at 12.8 GBytes/sec.

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Mercury+ AA1: Altera Arria® 10 SoC module
mercury+_aa1

The PCBs are in production

The next milestone has been reached: the PCBs for the Mercury+ AA1 SoC module are in production and the first batch will arrive in a few weeks. At the heart of this high-end module is the new Altera Arria 10 SoC in 20 nm technology, with integrated dual-core ARM® processor. In addition to up to 286 user I/Os, the 12 Multi-Gigabit Transceivers each offer a data transfer rate of up to 12.5 Gbit/sec. Interfaces for USB 3.0, PCIe Gen3 x4/Gen2 x8 and Gigabit Ethernet meet the requirements for almost all applications. Its DDR4 SDRAM with error correction code (ECC) also means that increased data integrity requirements can be met.

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Mercury+ XU1: The Zynq® UltraScale+ module
mercury+_xu1_xilinx_soc_module

6 ARM Cores, 1 GPU and 1 FPGA in credit card format

Our very first Xilinx Zynq UltraScale+ SoC module is taking shape: the layout is being given its finishing touches, the FPGAs have been ordered, and the reference design is ready to be tested. Up to 600,000 system logic cells in 16 nm FinFET+ technology are supported by a 64-bit Quad ARM Cortex-A53 processor, with speeds of up to 1.5 GHz, and a dual Cortex-R5 CPU optimized for security-critical applications, with speeds of up to 600 MHz. With the integrated Mali-400 MP2 graphics accelerator and a video codec, for the very first time 4k video can be played back smoothly and compressed in real time, with enough horsepower left over to display complex GUIs on top. Modules in the Mercury+ form factor have up to 272 user I/Os, 2 × Gigabit Ethernet, USB 3.0 and USB 2.0, 8 MGTs (up to 10.3 Gbit/sec) and PCIe Gen3 ×8/Gen2 ×4. Four GBytes of DDR4 SDRAM with error correction code (ECC) and 8 GByte eMMC Flash also make the Mercury+ XU1 well-suited to memory-intensive applications.

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A heatsink for Mars modules
mars_heatsink

Your FPGA can also survive the summer temperatures

Our Mars FPGA and SoC modules offer a great deal of computing power and functionality in a tiny form factor. Like any hard-working electronic device, their operation also results in the generation of heat. A heatsink is often necessary to dissipate this heat, with several recommendations in the Enclustra Modules Heatsink Application Note. Now, in addition to third-party solutions, a heatsink developed especially for Mars modules is also available. It covers the entire surface of the module, cooling all components. It’s also equipped with mounting holes which allow mounting of a fan to dissipate heat even more efficiently.

IP Solutions
Evaluation kit for motion control

Drive control using FPGAs has never been so easy

Set lock times for high and low-side switches to an accuracy of a few nanoseconds or PWM and control frequencies of a few hundred Kilohertz without any jittering: all this is possible thanks to our Universal Drive Controller IP Core, which supports DC, BLDC and 2 and 3-phase stepper motors. With the Universal Drive Controller evaluation kit, it couldn't be any easier to test the BLDC variant of the IP core. In addition to an evaluation license for the Universal Drive Controller IP Core, the kit includes a Mars ZX3 SoC module, a Mars PM3 base board, an FMC-DR2 power electronics card and a Maxon BLDC motor.

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UDP Ethernet IP Core with raw port

The IP core becoming a network card

Transferring data via Gigabit Ethernet at over 120 MByte/sec? With the UDP/IP Ethernet IP Core, attaining data rates close to the theoretical maximum isn't a problem. Thanks to the raw port, the Ethernet packets can now be accessed directly; in this way, a CPU — a soft processor or the integrated ARM CPU on Xilinx and Altera SoCs — can use the UDP/IP Ethernet IP Core as a normal Ethernet network card, for which we provide the appropriate Linux driver.

Design Services
Two heads are better than one

The earlier an error is discovered in a project, the smaller the costs required to rectify it are. This is particularly important during the development of a new PCB, when drawing up schematics or doing layout. In order to minimize these risks, we regularly perform schematic and layout reviews for our customers.
We work on dozens of FPGA hardware projects every year, both for our clients and for our own products, so our design specialists know precisely where problems could arise, and how they can be prevented. Would you also like to have your design checked prior to production? Feel free to get in touch and our hardware experts will be happy to advise you

Events
Enclustra world tour
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We're excited to announce that we're showcasing our latest FPGA Modules, FPGA-optimized IP cores and development services at the Intel SoC FPGA Developer Forum (ISDF), August 18th, in San Francisco, CA, October 19th, in Frankfurt, Germany, November 1th, in Tokyo, Japan, and November 8th, in Beijing, China. Join technical professionals and embedded systems hardware, software, and firmware developers to learn about the latest techniques and technology for reducing time, cost, and complexity in the embedded development process.

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Visit us at SINDEX
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SINDEX will take place in Berne from the 6th to the 8th September, 2016. More than 400 exhibitors in six halls will present the latest trends and technologies in the areas of electronics, automation and electrical engineering at Switzerland's leading technology exhibition. We will be there as part of the special exhibition «Electronic City» in Hall 2.2, Stand E12-08. Automation specialists should have a look at the FPGA-based PROFINET® Device solution or the Universal Drive Controller IP Core, which will both be on show. Grab a voucher for free entry using the code s1634y8 at www.sindex.ch/voucher.

About Us

The Enclustra FPGA Design Center offers design services at all stages of development of an FPGA-based system, from conception through to bring-up at the customer site.

As well as HDL firmware, embedded software and hardware design, our expertise spans a wide range of application areas, including:

  • Embedded processing
  • Digital communications
  • Smart vision systems
  • Software defined radio
  • Motion and drive control.

Enclustra Newsletter #1 2016

Sent March 2016

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Newsletter #1 2016


Hello. Spring is coming, and as well as tentatively putting the skis and sledges back in the cellar, we've been busy designing new modules, writing VHDL, exhibiting, and generally doinglots of FPGA things - we hope you find at least a couple of them of interest.

As always, if you have any queries about any aspect of FPGA-based system development, don't hesitate to get in touch - it's our pleasure to support you with our know-how.

Kind regards from Zürich,

Enclustra
Everything FPGA.

 
Company News
 
Pastures new

Thanks to our forward-looking strategy, the continuous growth of our product range, and our focus on cutting-edge FPGA technology, we've been consistently growing over the past few year - to the point that our current office is bursting at the gunwales. In the middle of 2016, we'll move to new premises in Zürich with 3 times as much space, meaning we can hopefully keep on growing there for years to come.

 
 
FPGA & SoC Modules
 
Mercury+ AA1: Altera® Arria® 10 SoC module
mercury+_aa1

Plug and play with the Arria 10

Our range of Altera-based modules is expanding, and has a new member in the Mercury+ AA1. At the core of the AA1 is the Altera Arria 10 SoC, with 20 nm technology and an integrated dual core ARM® processor for exceptional performance in a small package. Alongside up to 286 I/Os, the module's 12 multi-Gigabit-transceivers offer data rates of up to 12.5 GBit/s. USB 3.0, PCIe® Gen3 ×4/Gen 2 ×8 and Gigabit Ethernet interfaces keep the options covered on the interfacing front, and the DDR4 SDRAM with error correction coding (ECC) means that data integrity is ensured at all times.

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Mercury+ XU1 Xilinx Zynq Ultrascale+ module
mercury+_zu1_xilinx_soc_module

The new Mercury+ XU1: 6 ARM Cores, 1 GPU & 1 FPGA=a whole lot of possibilities

The Mercury+XU1 is our first Xilinx Zynq UltraScale+ SoC module. With 150,000 to 600,000 LUT4-equivalent logic cells, a 1.5 GHz quad-core ARM Cortex®-A53 processor, and a 600MHz dual-core Cortex-R5 processor for critical real-time needs, it's capable of handling extremely CPU-intensive applications, which would have previously required an external CPU. The new Mercury+ form factor means the module has a whopping 272 user I/Os, alongside 2 × Gigabit Ethernet, USB 3.0 and USB 2.0 interfaces, as well as 8 MGTs (up to 10.3 Gbps) and PCIe Gen3 ×8. On the memory front, there's 8 GByte of ECC DDR4 SDRAM.

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Mercury+ PE1 base board, now in 3 variants
mercury_pe1

Increased options and more I/Os, on the same board

Our Mercury PE1 base board is now the Mercury+ PE1 base board - this transformation, however, hasn't required any shape-shifting. At first glance it's the same PCIe base board as before, but it's now offered in 3 different variants: the PE1-200, PE1-300, and PE1-400. The keen-eyed reader will also notice the third 168-pin Hirose connector, which means the board now supports FPGA and SoC modules in the Mercury+ form factor, which have 3 connectors, as well as Mercury modules with 2 connectors. The additional I/Os can be put to use with an FMC high pin-count add-on board, available on the PE1-300, or via two FMC low pin-count connectors, as on the PE1-400.

 
 
IP Solutions
 
Display Controller IP core meets SDSoC

SDSoC board support package und Linux driver

Our Universal Display Controller IP core allows easy integration of display control capabilities into an FPGA design, using various resolutions and interfaces, with minimal resource usage. Integration of the IP core is now even easier, as we've released a board support package for Xilinx SDSoC, including a reference design for the Mars ZX3 SoC module and Mars EB1 base board, a platform optimised for video applications.

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Evaluate FPGA Manager - for free

Streaming, made simple

Whether it’s writing configuration data, reading out measurement data, or streaming video, communication with a host PC is a part of many FPGA-based applications. This requires that the gap between the two very different worlds of VHDL programming and software development is bridged, ideally in such a way that both VHDL developer and software programmer can work within their areas of expertise without having to get deep into foreign technical territory.

FPGA Manager is a solution which brings all of these requirements together: an intuitive VHDL interface, a simple software interface, and all interfacing needs in between taken care of; interfaces such as USB 3.0, Gigabit Ethernet and PCI Express are all supported using one software API.

We're offering a free evaluation version of FPGA Manager upon request, for selected combinations of our FPGA modules and base boards.

 
 
Design Services
 
Four-in-two

For a cost-optimisation project in the field of industrial sensors in the security industry, we recently completed work which allows communication with sensors over power supply lines. An FPGA takes care of the channel encoding and decoding, and slots into the existing application seamlessly. Using this technique, the sensors can be connected via a two-wire connection, instead of the previous four-wire connection. Nifty.

 
 
Events
 
Looking back: Embedded World 2016
embedded_world_logo

From the 23rd to the 25th of February, we were one of over 900 exhibitors at Embedded World 2016 in Nuremberg, the world's largest embedded technology fair. We'd like to say a warm thanks to everyone who stopped by to see us - thanks for making the fair into a resounding success! Our FPGA Manager presentation went down well, and we enjoyed chatting FPGA with the visitors to our 2 stands. Let the preparation for next year begin...

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Embedded Computing Conference 2016
embedded_computing_conference_logo

The Embedded Computing Conference is the most important yearly meeting of the Swiss embedded community - on the 31st of May, the conference takes place at the ZHAW School of Engineering in Winterthur, where hundreds of industry boffins will meet to discuss and exchange information on the latest developments in the world of everything embedded; we'll by amongst the exhibitors, and will also be holding a presentation giving an overview of the latest and greatest FPGA technology. Click through for registration info.

 
 
About Us

The Enclustra FPGA Design Center offers design services at all stages of development of an FPGA-based system, from conception through to bring-up at the customer site.

As well as HDL firmware, embedded software and hardware design, our expertise spans a wide range of application areas, including:

  • Embedded processing
  • Digital communications
  • Smart vision systems
  • Software defined radio
  • Motion and drive control.
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Everything FPGA - Newsletter #3 2015

Sent November 2015

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Newsletter #3 2015


Dear Reader,

As winter approaches and thick jackets are dusted off again, these are interesting times in the FPGA world: Intel has acquired Altera, and Xilinx is collaborating closely with Qualcomm to bring FPGAs to a front-line role in datacentres. As always, we like to keep on the pulse of these developments, so we're expanding our portfolio with powerful new products. So that you can keep up to date too, over the next couple of months we're putting on some educational seminars and workshops on various FPGA and SoC-based topics - we'd love to see you there.

Kind regards from Zürich,

Enclustra
Everything FPGA.

Company News
Our USA sales office is now open...

In collaboration with LSF Design, based in Westford, Massachusetts, we're now able to offer all of our customers in the USA better support and service - you can get in touch directly with LSF Design for any queries on our modules, base boards and design services.

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...and we're increasing our presence in Asia

Sometimes the calling of home can't be ignored - Chongling Nie, one of our experienced FPGA development engineers, recently returned to China after a 6-year stint in Zürich. As well as continuing as a development engineer, he'll now also be offering development, support and sales assistance out of Shenzhen.

FPGA & SoC Modules
The new Mercury+ form factor - even more I/Os
mercury+_form_factor

When applications require more than 250 signals

Maybe you've noticed it already - the little "+" lurking behind Mercury. It's a big plus, actually — for applications that involve an especially large amount of I/Os. The new Mercury+ form factor adds a third Hirose FX10 connector, with an additional 168 connections, to the popular Mercury family. All with forwards and backwards compatibility, of course.

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The first Mercury+ module has arrived...
mercury+_sa2_altera_soc_module

Mercury+ SA2, with Altera Cyclone V SoC

The first Mercury+ SA2 SoC modules have arrived from the production line. The Altera® Cyclone® V module packs an ARM® dual-core Cortex-A9 processor and 28 nm FPGA fabric, 258 user I/Os and 9 MGTs onto a 74 × 54 mm board. Memory-wise, there's up to 2 GBytes of DDR3L SDRAM, 64 MBytes of quad SPI flash, and on the connectivity front the board offers PCIe® Gen1/Gen2 x4, Gigabit Ethernet, 2 × Fast Ethernet, USB 3.0 and USB 2.0. Phew.

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...and the second is in layout
mercury_aa1

Mercury+ AA1: plug and play with the Arria 10

Our Altera-based module portfolio is expanding again - its newest member is the Mercury+ AA1, with an Altera Arria® 10 SoC at its core.The Arria 10 has an integrated dual-core ARM processor and is manufactured using a 20 nm process, squeezing a lot of power into a small package. As well as up to 246 user I/Os, 12 MGTs each allow for data rates of up to 10.3125 GBit/s. Connectors for USB 3.0, PCIe Gen3 x4/Gen2 x8 and Gigabit Ethernet cover the interfacing requirements for most applications, and DDR4 SDRAM with error-correcting code (ECC) maintains data integrity for even the most demanding use cases.

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Enclustra Build Environment
enclustra_build_system

Linux at the push of a button

A button on your keyboard, anyway - the new Enclustra Build Environment allows you to build Linux Enclustra Xilinx® Zynq® and Altera SoC modules with zero fuss. Select a module and base board via the graphical user interface, hit Go, and we're off — the required bitstream, first stage bootloader, and packages will be downloaded and compiled. Once it's done, your U-Boot, Linux and root file system will be sitting patiently in the output folder, ready to roll.

IP Solutions
Gigabit Ethernet, USB 3.0, and now PCIe Gen2 x4 - all with one API
fpga_manager

Our FPGA Manager IP Solution just got even faster

We're continually developing our IP cores to eek out more performance and adapt them to new technologies — our FPGA Manager IP Solution now supports PCIe Gen2 x4, almost doubling the available bandwidth for host PC to FPGA communication.

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Display Controller with 2D acceleration
display

Draw pretty GUIs, faster

With the Universal Display Controller IP Core, you can control displays with different resolutions and interfaces easily and with minimal FPGA resource usage. We've now added a flexible 2D accelerator to enable more offloading of frequently-performed drawing operations from the CPU.

Design Services
FPGA to satellite: please respond!
salteille

A reliable data connection between satellite and ground station is essential to the success of any successful satellite mission - to this end, we recently implemented a system fora customer based on our Mercury KX1 module and using FPGA Manager PCI Express. The Mercury KX1, mounted on custom PCIe card hardware we also developed for the application, acts as the main processing link between the control centre and reception/transmission station, enabling communication with the satellite.

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Six cameras are better than one
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Sometimes a project can come together much quicker when it's shared, as evidenced by the recent development we did in tandem with a customer for a camera with 6 sensors. While our customer developed the Mercury base board carrying the 6 sensors, in parallel we developed the firmware for the Mercury ZX5 which was to be mounted on it. The simultaneously-acquired images are stored in SDRAM using the Stream Buffer Controller and then sent to a host PC using the FPGA Manager IP Solution via Gigabit Ethernet.

Events
Seminar: Making the jump from Matlab to FPGA and SoC designs

At some point, likely in a cold sweat in the middle of the night, you've almost definitely asked yourself: how can I turn algorithms and ideas into finished products quicker? We can help. On the 1st of December 2015, in collaboration with MathWorks®, we're offering a free seminar in Zürich. Please note that the seminar will be in German - check here for more info on the day's program and how to sign up.

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Workshop: Universal streaming over PCIe, USB3 and Ethernet

Whether it's writing configuration data, reading out measurement values, or streaming video data, in many FPGA-based applications communication with a host PC is required. FPGA Manager is tried and tested, flexible end-to-end IP solution that offers this functionality straight out of the box, saving immensely on development time. If you'd like to get a deeper understanding of what FPGA Manager has to offer, drop us a mail to arrange a training session in Switzerland or Germany.

About Us

The Enclustra FPGA Design Center offers design services at all stages of development of an FPGA-based system, from conception through to bring-up at the customer site.

As well as HDL firmware, embedded software and hardware design, our expertise spans a wide range of application areas, including:

  • Embedded processing
  • Digital communications
  • Smart vision systems
  • Software defined radio
  • Motion and drive control.
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Enclustra Newsletter Q2 2015 - Everything FPGA

Sent May 2015

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Newsletter Q2 2015


Hello. Summer is coming, and as well as putting our thick jackets in the cellar and dusting off our short trousers, we've been busy designing new modules, writing VHDL, and generally doing lots of FPGA things - we hope you find at least a couple of them of interest.

As always, if you have any queries about any aspect of FPGA-based system development, don't hesitate to get in touch - it's our pleasure to support you with our know-how.

Kind regards,

Enclustra.
We speak FPGA.

 
FPGA & SoC Modules
 
The new Mars™ ZX2 Zynq®-7000 SoC module
mars_zx2

The Mars ZX3's little (cheaper) brother is here

The Mars ZX3, our most successful module ever, now has a younger, slimmer sibling to contend with: the new Mars ZX2. Optimized for the cost-sensitive applications, the ZX2 features the Xilinx Zynq-7010 or 7020, and offers a complete embedded system in the compact SO-DIMM form factor, including a dual-core ARM® Cortex™-A9 processor, powerful FPGA, up to 1 GByte of fast DDR3L SDRAM, Gigabit Ethernet and USB 2.0.

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Now rolling off the production line: the Mercury™ ZX1
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A tale of 3 Ethernet ports, a processor, and a whole lot of LUTs

The new Mercury ZX1 is the most powerful Xilinx Zynq-7000 All Programmable SoC-based module in our pack, and it's starting to gather a bit of a following due to its computational muscle. With Kintex-technology FPGAs in the 7030, 7035 and 7045 sizes combined with a dual-core ARM Cortex-A9 processor, the ZX1 packs enough punch to handle the most very demanding of applications. A new production run is currently purring along.

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Mercury + even more I/Os = Mercury+ SA2
mercury_sa2

Introducing the Mercury+ form factor

The new Mercury+ SA2 is for when you really need a lot of I/Os. It's our first module in the new Mercury+ form-factor, which adds a third 168-pin Hirose FX10 connector to the standard two found on Mercury modules. This doesn't come at the cost of increased size, though - the module is still a petite 74 × 54 mm.

In terms of on-board computing power, the SA2 is equipped with an Altera® Cyclone® V SoC, with a dual-core ARM Cortex-A9 processor and FPGA fabric; to interface with these there are 258 I/Os, as well as 9 MGTs. Up to 2 GBytes of DDR3L SDRAM, 64 MBytes of quad SPI flash cater for memory needs, while interfaces on offer are PCIe® Gen1/Gen2 ×4, Gigabit Ethernet, 2 × Fast Ethernet, USB 3.0 and USB 2.0. In short: there's a lot on there.

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New product roadmap, with Zynq Ultrascale™ modules
ultrascale_roadmap

SoC modules witch Xilinx Ultrascale+

Xilinx recently unveiled the new Zynq Ultrascale+ family - and we're right behind them in unveiling our planned Ultrascale MPSoC modules. The cornerstone of the Ultrascale+ SoC chips is the particularly powerful 64-bit quad-core ARM Cortex-A53 APU, which runs at up to 1.3 GHz, but alongside there's also 32-bit dual-core ARM Cortex-R5, which also offers lock-stepped processing for sensitive real-time applications. Learn more about our coming modules here.

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Mercury Starter base board discontinued

All good things come to an end - as the base board for the first generation of Mercury modules, the Mercury Starter lacks support for some of the more advanced features of the newer Mercury SoC modules (the ZX1 , ZX5 , SA1 and SA2 ), and because of this it's time to say goodbye.

As a replacement, the Mercury PE1 is already in place, and allows the full potential of the SoC modules to be harnessed.

 
 
IP Solutions
 
Profinet® RT with 1 ms cycle time

Further development and optimization of our Profinet solution continues apace. Alongside a non-real-time (TCP/IP) data rate close to the theoretical maximum of 100 Mbit/s, we're now able to achieve real-time cycle times of less than 1 ms.

 
Design Services
 
Simulink acceleration via FPGA
matlab

Accelerating Simulink calculations can save a lot of time during the development process, and doing this with FPGAs is an effective way of doing it - as shown by one of our current customer projects. After creating a Simulink model as normal, the user then exports the model and stimuli to an FPGA at the click of a button, where it's then simulated before the results are sent back to the host PC for review.

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CPLD replaces ASIC
cpld

CPLDs are an attractive alternative in classic, cost-sensitive ASIC-application areas; we recently delivered a customer project which made this very substitution, replacing a sigma-delta ADC (which had been used continuously in the project for nigh on 20 years) with a CPLD. The functionality of the discontinued ASIC was perfectly recreated in VHDL and implemented using a Lattice device, which was in turn designed into the hardware with minimum change to the rest of the system.

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An FPGA module born out of a customer request
mercury_sa2

Sometimes a simple email can spark the process that results in a brand new module; one of our customers was keen on our Mercury SA1, but it didn't have quite enough I/Os for their application. Rather than let that be the end of the story, we developed a new module tailored to the customer's needs, whilst sharing the development costs; everyone wins, as the customer gets a module designed precisely to their specifications, and we have a new module in our portfolio. The result of this collaboration? The new Mercury+ SA2.

 
 
Events
 
PLC2 Days: 3 days of practical FPGA development
plc2_days_2015

How to shorten time-to-market

All Programmable PLC2 Days 2015 takes place from the 16th to the 18th of June in Stuttgart, where the FPGA community will gather again to discover and share the latest in technology, knowledge, and workflows. We'll be giving a presentation on Wednesday the 17th, talking about the many benefits of standard FPGA modules (like ours, of course), which provide both flexibility and long-term stability in the development process. We'd be delighted to see you there.

 
 
About Us

The Enclustra FPGA Design Center offers design services at all stages of development of an FPGA-based system, from conception through to bring-up at the customer site.

As well as HDL firmware, embedded software and hardware design, our expertise spans a wide range of application areas, including:

  • Embedded processing
  • Digital communications
  • Smart vision systems
  • Software defined radio
  • Motion and drive control.

Enclustra Newsletter Q1 2015 - Everything FPGA

Sent February 2015

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Newsletter Q1 2015


Hello. 2015 is off to a flyer for us - we hope it's going well for you too. There are a lot of new developments and new products at Enclustra central - this newsletter will give you a little info on what's going in the world of FPGAs.

To see things first hand, come and visit us at Embedded World in Nuremberg, where we'll be exhibiting from the 24th until the 26th of February in hall 4A at stand 121.

Kind regards,

Enclustra.
Everything FPGA.


FPGA & SoC Modules

Mercury SA1: Altera® Cyclone® V SoC inside
mercury_sa1

Our newest Altera SoC module is here

Many of you asked us for it, and now it's here - the Mercury SA1. Based on the Altera Cyclone V SoC, it combines the power of a dual-core ARM® Cortex™-A9 processor with the parallel processing capabilities of an FPGA; the two are closely-coupled to maximize performance. Up to 4 GBytes of DDR3L SDRAM, six 3.125 Gbps MGTs, Gigabit Ethernet and PCIe® Gen1 ×4 make for a feisty combination. The first production run is almost sold out, so get in quick.

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Mercury ZX5: The Xilinx® Zynq® flexes its muscles
mercury_zx5

Established technology in a new format

The Mercury ZX5 with Xilinx Zynq-7015/7030 All Programmable SoC is the big brother of our popular Mars ZX3 module. Like the ZX3, alongside the dual-core ARM Cortex-A9, the ZX5 has a wealth of memory and I/O: 1 GBytes of DDR3L SDRAM, 512 MBytes of NAND flash, Gigabit Ethernet, PCIe Gen2 ×4 and USB 2.0, as well as four 6.25/6.6 Gbps MGTs; in addition, it has the benefit of 158 user I/Os in the compact Mercury form factor. And to top it all off, it's available now.

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Mercury ZX1: Our SoC giant
mercury_zx1

Triple Ethernet with Xilinx Zynq power

Designed for processing-intensive embedded applications, the Mercury ZX1 offers a Xilinx Zynq-7030/7035/7045 All Programmable SoC, with integrated ARM dual-core processor and 1.5 GBytes of DDR3L SDRAM. With a powerful PCIe Gen2 ×8 interface, Gigabit and dual Fast Ethernet PHYs and a large number of I/Os, there’s little this module can’t handle. Together with our Profinet RT/IRT Device Solution, it's ideal for realizing complete automation applications with the shortest development time possible.
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Develop your own base board for our modules faster
custom_base_board

CAD models and symbols for schematics and layout

We've taken it upon ourselves to offer even better support to our customers who develop their own base boards for our modules - footprints and symbols for PADS®, OrCAD®, Altium® and EAGLE® are now available for all modules in our range, as well as 3D models of our modules in STEP format. Drop us a line and let us know what you need.



IP Solutions

Profinet: as fast as it gets

The complex software protocol stack of Industrial Ethernet normally limits the achievable bandwidth to a fraction of the theoretical maximum. Our Profinet RT/IRT Device Solution splits the traffic over several CPUs, and in doing so reaches non-real-time (TCP/IP) data rates of over 90 Mbit/s - close to the theoretical maximum of 100 Mbit/s, and without affecting the critical real-time communication data.

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FPGA Manager™ PCIe achieves more than 720 MB/s

Our FPGA Manager communications solution allows simple and efficient data transfer between a host computer and FPGA over USB, Gigabit Ethernet and PCI Express interfaces, all with one API. When data rates are especially high, PCI Express comes to the fore - FPGA Manager PCIe, with PCIe Gen1 ×4, reaches a bandwidth of over 720 MBytes/s from PC to FPGA, and almost 780 MBytes/s in the opposite direction.



Design Services

The FPGA is the Ethernet PHY

We recently developed a 100/1000BASE-FX Ethernet PHY for one of our customers, as part of a fibre optic Ethernet link; implementing this in FPGA meant that both the financial and physical space costs of an extra, external PHY chip could be avoided, saving valuable space on the system PCB. The PHY supports 100 and 1000 Mbit connections, and is directly interfaced to an SFP transceiver.

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FPGA meets analogue and high voltage

For a measurement data capture application, we recently developed a PCIe card with onboard Xilinx Artix-7 FPGA; for the sensor the card generates galvanically isolated voltages up to 1000V, which are regulated via a DAC with an SPI interface. The measurement values are then encoded by a 12-bit ADC at a rate of 900 mega samples per second, processed by the FPGA, and sent to a host PC for further analysis.

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Information that catches the eye

When lighting is required in poor visibility, high-brightness LED displays are always a good bet. As single LED panels can often easily be made into larger displays by cascading them, displays can be optimally tailored to individual applications. For one such application, we implemented the LED matrix control and control bus connection with a low-cost PLD - again, saving on peripheral chips with smart design choices.



Events

Outlook: Embedded World 2015 in Nuremberg
embedded_world_logo

Meet our new FPGA modules & IP solutions

From the 24th until the 26th of February, we'll be one of the hundreds of exhibitors at biggest event of the year in the embedded community, Embedded World. We'll be present, along with our embedded software specialist friends from AntMicro, and we'd love it if you dropped by to see us. You can find us in hall 4A at stand 121 - mark it in your calendar!

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Xilinx Club Vivado: create your own IP cores

How IP is created

If you've ever considered creating your own IP cores in order to re-use functional blocks in different projects, Xilinx Vivado™ now makes this a pain-free option - as we recently demonstrated at the Club Vivado Users Group event in Stuttgart. Read the take-away points of the presentation here: Successful Development of IP Cores for Vivado IP Integrator.

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Fastrack development from simulation to hardware

A happy couple: FPGAs and high-level language

Don't reinvent the wheel, and focus on your core skills - these are two well-established development strategies. In a free seminar from Enclustra and MathWorks®, we demonstrated how this approach fits with quicker algorithm development and porting to target platforms such as FPGA and SoC, microcontroller, DSP and ASIC. The seminar showed how simple it is to use MATLAB® and the FPGA Manager IP solution to design, simulate and implement a fully-fledged FPGA data streaming system. Catch up here: MATLAB and Simulink in the FPGA design process.



About Enclustra

The Enclustra FPGA Design Center offers design services at all stages of development of an FPGA-based system, from conception through to bring-up at the customer site.

As well as HDL firmware, embedded software and hardware design, our expertise spans a wide range of application areas, including:

  • Embedded processing
  • Digital communications
  • Smart vision systems
  • Software defined radio
  • Motion and drive control.
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Enclustra Newsletter Q1 2015 - Everything FPGA

Sent February 2015

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Newsletter Q1 2015


Hello. 2015 is off to a flyer for us - we hope it's going well for you too. There are a lot of new developments and new products at Enclustra central - this newsletter will give you a little info on what's going in the world of FPGAs.

To see things first hand, come and visit us at Embedded World in Nuremberg, where we'll be exhibiting from the 24th until the 26th of February in hall 4A at stand 121.

Kind regards,

Enclustra.
Everything FPGA.


FPGA & SoC Modules

Mercury SA1: Altera® Cyclone® V SoC inside
mercury_sa1

Our newest Altera SoC module is here

Many of you asked us for it, and now it's here - the Mercury SA1. Based on the Altera Cyclone V SoC, it combines the power of a dual-core ARM® Cortex™-A9 processor with the parallel processing capabilities of an FPGA; the two are closely-coupled to maximize performance. Up to 4 GBytes of DDR3L SDRAM, six 3.125 Gbps MGTs, Gigabit Ethernet and PCIe® Gen1 ×4 make for a feisty combination. The first production run is almost sold out, so get in quick.

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Mercury ZX5: The Xilinx® Zynq® flexes its muscles
mercury_zx5

Established technology in a new format

The Mercury ZX5 with Xilinx Zynq-7015/7030 All Programmable SoC is the big brother of our popular Mars ZX3 module. Like the ZX3, alongside the dual-core ARM Cortex-A9, the ZX5 has a wealth of memory and I/O: 1 GBytes of DDR3L SDRAM, 512 MBytes of NAND flash, Gigabit Ethernet, PCIe Gen2 ×4 and USB 2.0, as well as four 6.25/6.6 Gbps MGTs; in addition, it has the benefit of 158 user I/Os in the compact Mercury form factor. And to top it all off, it's available now.

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Mercury ZX1: Our SoC giant
mercury_zx1

Triple Ethernet with Xilinx Zynq power

Designed for processing-intensive embedded applications, the Mercury ZX1 offers a Xilinx Zynq-7030/7035/7045 All Programmable SoC, with integrated ARM dual-core processor and 1.5 GBytes of DDR3L SDRAM. With a powerful PCIe Gen2 ×8 interface, Gigabit and dual Fast Ethernet PHYs and a large number of I/Os, there’s little this module can’t handle. Together with our Profinet RT/IRT Device Solution, it's ideal for realizing complete automation applications with the shortest development time possible.
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Develop your own base board for our modules faster
custom_base_board

CAD models and symbols for schematics and layout

We've taken it upon ourselves to offer even better support to our customers who develop their own base boards for our modules - footprints and symbols for PADS®, OrCAD®, Altium® and EAGLE® are now available for all modules in our range, as well as 3D models of our modules in STEP format. Drop us a line and let us know what you need.



IP Solutions

Profinet: as fast as it gets

The complex software protocol stack of Industrial Ethernet normally limits the achievable bandwidth to a fraction of the theoretical maximum. Our Profinet RT/IRT Device Solution splits the traffic over several CPUs, and in doing so reaches non-real-time (TCP/IP) data rates of over 90 Mbit/s - close to the theoretical maximum of 100 Mbit/s, and without affecting the critical real-time communication data.

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FPGA Manager™ PCIe achieves more than 720 MB/s

Our FPGA Manager communications solution allows simple and efficient data transfer between a host computer and FPGA over USB, Gigabit Ethernet and PCI Express interfaces, all with one API. When data rates are especially high, PCI Express comes to the fore - FPGA Manager PCIe, with PCIe Gen1 ×4, reaches a bandwidth of over 720 MBytes/s from PC to FPGA, and almost 780 MBytes/s in the opposite direction.



Design Services

The FPGA is the Ethernet PHY

We recently developed a 100/1000BASE-FX Ethernet PHY for one of our customers, as part of a fibre optic Ethernet link; implementing this in FPGA meant that both the financial and physical space costs of an extra, external PHY chip could be avoided, saving valuable space on the system PCB. The PHY supports 100 and 1000 Mbit connections, and is directly interfaced to an SFP transceiver.

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FPGA meets analogue and high voltage

For a measurement data capture application, we recently developed a PCIe card with onboard Xilinx Artix-7 FPGA; for the sensor the card generates galvanically isolated voltages up to 1000V, which are regulated via a DAC with an SPI interface. The measurement values are then encoded by a 12-bit ADC at a rate of 900 mega samples per second, processed by the FPGA, and sent to a host PC for further analysis.

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Information that catches the eye

When lighting is required in poor visibility, high-brightness LED displays are always a good bet. As single LED panels can often easily be made into larger displays by cascading them, displays can be optimally tailored to individual applications. For one such application, we implemented the LED matrix control and control bus connection with a low-cost PLD - again, saving on peripheral chips with smart design choices.



Events

Outlook: Embedded World 2015 in Nuremberg
embedded_world_logo

Meet our new FPGA modules & IP solutions

From the 24th until the 26th of February, we'll be one of the hundreds of exhibitors at biggest event of the year in the embedded community, Embedded World. We'll be present, along with our embedded software specialist friends from AntMicro, and we'd love it if you dropped by to see us. You can find us in hall 4A at stand 121 - mark it in your calendar!

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Xilinx Club Vivado: create your own IP cores

How IP is created

If you've ever considered creating your own IP cores in order to re-use functional blocks in different projects, Xilinx Vivado™ now makes this a pain-free option - as we recently demonstrated at the Club Vivado Users Group event in Stuttgart. Read the take-away points of the presentation here: Successful Development of IP Cores for Vivado IP Integrator.

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Fastrack development from simulation to hardware

A happy couple: FPGAs and high-level language

Don't reinvent the wheel, and focus on your core skills - these are two well-established development strategies. In a free seminar from Enclustra and MathWorks®, we demonstrated how this approach fits with quicker algorithm development and porting to target platforms such as FPGA and SoC, microcontroller, DSP and ASIC. The seminar showed how simple it is to use MATLAB® and the FPGA Manager IP solution to design, simulate and implement a fully-fledged FPGA data streaming system. Catch up here: MATLAB and Simulink in the FPGA design process.



About Enclustra

The Enclustra FPGA Design Center offers design services at all stages of development of an FPGA-based system, from conception through to bring-up at the customer site.

As well as HDL firmware, embedded software and hardware design, our expertise spans a wide range of application areas, including:

  • Embedded processing
  • Digital communications
  • Smart vision systems
  • Software defined radio
  • Motion and drive control.
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Sent September 2014

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Newsletter 2 2014


Hello. Autumn is coming, and like an informative leaf drifting gracefully into your inbox, in our second newsletter of 2014 we'd like to let you know about recent developments regarding our FPGA and SoC modules, IP cores, customer projects and events.

As always, if you have any queries about any aspect of FPGA-based system development, don't hesitate to get in touch - it's our pleasure to support you with our know-how.

Kind regards,

Enclustra.
We speak FPGA.

FPGA &SoC Modules
Plug-and-Play with Altera Cyclone V SoC - the new Mercury SA1
mercury_sa1

Our Mercury SA1 Altera Cyclone V SoC module is now in production

The new Mercury SA1 has started rolling off the production conveyor belt. It's an Altera® Cyclone® V SoC-based module with integrated Dual ARM Cortex™-A9 processor and up to 4 GBytes of SDRAM; the combination of a powerful processor, standard interfaces (PCIe® x4, USB 2.0, Gigabit Ethernet) and flexible FPGA logic, all on one module with a compact form factor (56 × 54 mm), allows for the design of space-saving systems with previously unattained flexibility.

As well as having long-term availability, the SA1 is also available in industrial temperature grade - starter kits are available for all variants, so you can dive right in.

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Video applications fly with the new Mars EB1
mini_hdmi

Base board for stereo image capture and video processing

The new Mars EB1 base board for Mars modules in the SO-DIMM form factor is optimised for video applications and image processing. With an HDMI connector, two Camera Link connectors, as well as Gigabit Ethernet and USB 2.0 interfaces, the EB1 is a great platform for countless applications in the fields of image capture and processing, digital signal processing, embedded computing and rapid prototyping.

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Power duo expand our Mercury family
mercury_pe1_sa1

The Mercury PE1 base board and Mercury SA1 SoC module are now in production

The flexible, highly-integrated Mercury PE1 base board and the Mercury SA1 SoC module are now available to order.

Whether inserted into a PC, stood on a desktop, or mounted in a custom housing, the PE1 is as well-suited to prototype development as it is to being an end-format for serial production. With a myriad of standard interfaces such as PCIe Gen2, USB 3.0/2.0 and dual Gigabit Ethernet, its potential uses are endless;user I/Os available over USB, mPCIe, mSATA, FMC, Anios und Pmod™ connectors mean that it's compatible with literally thousands of peripheral devices. In tandem with the powerful SA1, it's a mighty proposition.

IP Solutions
Even more flexible motor control
universal_drive_controller_video

Universal Drive IP Controller now supports EnDAT protocol

Our Universal Drive Controller IP Core is now even more flexible. With newly-added support for the EnDat protocol and control rates of up to 200 KHz, the core is the ideal solution for demanding motor drive applications with DC, BLDC and 3-phase stepper motors.

For BLDC motors, field-oriented control is available to adjust motor torque optimally whilst simultaneously minimising power dissipation. Modularity and a scalable design allow the IP core to meet specific system requirements with the most efficient use of available resources. As feedback systems, quadrature encoders and resolver are supported - now also with EnDat interfaces.

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FPGA Manager™: Small packet throughput boosted
fpga_manager

More bandwidth at zero cost

The FPGA Manager communication solution enables simple and efficient data transfer between a host PC and an FPGA over USB 3.0, Gigabit Ethernet or PCI Express interfaces. To increase the throughput, and therefore the achievable bandwidth, FPGA Manager now groups small packets and transfers them in a single transaction - completely automatically. With this improvement, user applications will have even better performance, with no changes to the code.

Design Services
CPLD replaces discontinued IC in the same dual in-line form factor
check

What do you do when a chip you're using is discontinued? This tricky question is one that one of our customers came to us with, for a keypad encoder system. Luckily, the chip housing was the "outdated" dual in-line (DIL) package - this allowed us to use a CPLD in a compact ball grid array package to reproduce the same functionality, and then pack it into the same DIL form factor. A small PCB accommodates the CPLD and DIL pin headers, and then slots seamlessly into the mainboard - without any layout changes.

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Signal generator afterburner
oscillator

For a measurement device producer, we developed an extremely flexible signal generator. After seeing the power and possibilities offered by FPGA technology, the customer came to use with further ideas to make the generator even more adaptable. Thanks to the modular VHDL code, it was fairly simple to integrate complex cyclical signal repetition and measurement of the wobble frequency of the generated signals.

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Perspective through stereo
video_cameras

What was once only possible in crime series will soon be reality (get your CSI Miami one-liners at the ready): a 3D forensic scan of a crime scene, recording minute details to be later analysed from all angles.

One of the main elements of the system is an Enclustra-developed platform which enables the projection of interference patterns and simultaneous recording of stereo video: a compact, cost-effective Mars AX3 module captures the images via two cameras connected to the new Mars EB1 base board via Camera Link. The AX3 then streams the data via FPGA Manager Ethernet to a host PC.

The development is taking place as part of the EU Framework Programme for Research and Technological Development 3D-Forensics project.

Events
Fastrack development from simulation to hardware
matlab_logo

Seminar from Enclustra and MathWorks®

Don't reinvent the wheel, and focus on your core skills - these are two well-established development strategies. Find out on the 30th of September, in a free seminar from Enclustra and MathWorks, how this approach fits with quicker algorithm development and porting to target platforms such as FPGA and SoC, microcontroller, DSP and ASIC. The seminar demonstrates how simple it is to use MATLAB® and the FPGA Manager IP solution to design, simulate and implement a fully-fledged FPGA data streaming system.

When: 30th September 2014, 09.00-12.15

Where: Renaissance Zürich Tower Hotel, Zürich

Cost: Free

Sign up

There are still some places left - we look forward to seeing you there.

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Looking back: SINDEX in Bern
sindex_logo

We came. We saw. We exhibited.

Amongst 400 other exhibitors, at the beginning of September we were at Sindex, the biggest technology fair in Switzerland. On show alongside the newest trends and technologies in the fields of electronics, automation and electrical engineering were our new Mercury SA1 module and a demo of our Profinet RT/IRT Device Solution for industrial automation. Thanks to everyone that came along.

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We're celebrating our 10th birthday
10th_birthday

10 years of FPGA expertise at Enclustra

When Martin Heimlicher founded Enclustra in February 2004 as a one-man operation, he didn't expect that within 10 years a company of 20 employees would be flourishing. And it doesn't show any signs up letting up anytime soon - at the moment more than 250 customers in over 40 countries rely on our modules, design services and know-how, and this number is growing. One thing has remained constant over those 10 years (two, if you count the steady sound of the coffee machine); despite reaching double digits, Enclustra maintains the spirit and charm of a startup.

Thanks to everyone we've met and worked with along the way, and here's to more success in the next 10 years.

About Us

The Enclustra FPGA Design Center offers design services at all stages of development of an FPGA-based system, from conception through to bring-up at the customer site.

As well as HDL firmware, embedded software and hardware design, our expertise spans a wide range of application areas, including:

  • Embedded processing
  • Digital communications
  • Smart vision systems
  • Software defined radio
  • Motion and drive control.
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Newsletter Q1 2014

Sent March 2014

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Newsletter Q1 2014


Hello. In our first newsletter of 2014, we'd like to inform you of recent developments regarding our FPGA and SoC modules, IP cores, customer projects and events.

As always, if you have any queries about any aspect of FPGA-based system development, don't hesitate to get in touch - it's our pleasure to support you with our know-how.

Kind regards,

Enclustra.
We speak FPGA.

FPGA &SoC Modules
Our FPGA module range is growing
new_fpga_modules

3 brand new SoC modules for 2014

The successful Mercury FPGA/SoC module family has gained new members:

The Mercury SA1 is based on the Altera® Cyclone® V SX SoC, with integrated Dual ARM® Cortex™-A9 and up to 2 GByte SDRAM.

The Mercury ZX1 is a heavy-hitter for processing-intensive applications, offering a Xilinx® Zynq® 7030 or 7045 All Programmable SoC, with integrated ARM dual-core processor and 1.5 GByte SDRAM.

The Mercury ZX5 completes the set, with the Xilinx Zynq 7015 or 7030, and 1024 MByte SDRAM.

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FPGA module prices reduced by up to 23%
module_prices

Even better value for a wide range of modules

Production volumes are climbing, prices are falling;with the steady growth of our worldwide module sales comes the opportunity to lower production costs and pass the resultant savings on to our customers. For several modules, this means a significant price reduction: for example the Mars ZX3 with industrial temperature grade Xilinx Zynq 7020-2I, 1024 MByte SDRAM, and 512 MByte NAND Flash is now EUR 355 - a 23% saving. Also notable is the Xilinx Artix®-7-based Mars AX3, which becomes even more attractive as a great value price-to-performance module with prices dropping up to 18% - the MA-AX3-100-1C-D8 is now available for EUR 206, with volume discounts also on offer.

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The new Mercury PE1 base board
mercury_pe1

A feature-rich base board for Mercury modules

The new Mercury PE1 is a PCIe® card for FPGA and SoC modules in the Mercury form factor. Whether inserted into a PC, stood on a desktop,or mounted in a custom housing, it's as well-suited to prototype development as it is to being an end-format for serial production. With a myriad of standard interfaces such as PCIe Gen2, USB 3.0/2.0 and dual Gigabit Ethernet, its potential uses are endless;user I/Os available over USB, mPCIe, mSATA, FMC, Anios und Pmod™ connectors mean that it's compatible with literally thousands of peripheral devices.

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Mars Artix-7 modules: just as much FPGA as required
mars_ax3

The Mars AX3 - now with smaller Artix-7 FPGAs

Rounding off our wide range of new modules is the compact Mars AX3 - now available with XC7A100T, XC7A50T und XC7A35T Xilinx Artix FPGAs. These variants, which offer from over 100,000 logic cells down to 33,000, mean that a module can be chosen according to the processing power required - thus optimising costs.

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Full HD Linux on the Mars ZX3 SoC module
dvi

DVI module brings full HD resolution to the Zynq

The Zynq-based Mars ZX3 module is optimised for embedded applications - and can now deliver full HD resolution, thanks to the DVI module developed by our partner AntMicro. Experience the Linux, Android™ and eCos operating systems in full HD resolution, with the power of the Zynq's ARM Cortex-A9 dual-core processor.

IP Solutions
Video: motor control
universal_drive_controller_video

Universal Drive Controller IP core with up to 200 kHz control frequency

The Universal Drive Controller IP core allows simple integration of drive control capabilities into any FPGA design. Fully customisable, the IP core supports DC and BLDC motors, as well as 2 and 3-phase stepper motors. Click through for an introduction to its features.

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Display Controller IP Core for Vivado™ and Linux on Zynq
display

Our Display Controller IP core is Vivado-ready

Xilinx has recently redeveloped the Vivado development tool from the ground up, in order to fully harness the power and possibilities offered by the new generation of FPGA chips, such as the Xilinx All Programmable SoC range. The Display Controller IP Core now supports the new version of Vivado, enabling quick integration of displays into FPGA projects with low resource usage. When combined with Linux, even multi-touch displays are supported.

Design Services
Five cameras with one FPGA
camera

For a customer project, we recently developed a video frame buffer which simultaneously acquires pictures from five cameras using the Xilinx Video Direct Memory Access (VDMA) core and stores themin the memory of the ARM Cortex-9 processor on a Xilinx Zynq. The images are then processed using both ARM cores using software which runs on the Zynq under Linux.

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Digitally-controlled oscillator with 25-bit precision
oscillator

As part of a software-defined radio (SDR) system, we recently developed a high-precision, digitally-controlled numerically-controlled oscillator. Based on a Taylor series expansion, the oscillator achieves an accuracy of 25 bits.

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Flight computer with Zynq
plane

FPGAs have never been so ubiquitous - as part of the constant progression into new fields of application, one of our Mars ZX3 modules has taken to the air, as the flight computer for a self-guiding helicopter.

Events
Looking back: Embedded World 2014 in Nuremberg
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A successful debut for our new FPGA modules and IP solutions

From the 25th to the 27th of February in Nuremberg, Enclustra was one of hundreds of exhibitors at the biggest event of the year in the embedded community, Embedded World. We presented our whole product range, including the new Mercury PE1 base board, Mercury SA1 module, and PROFINET IRT Communications Controller, to a great reception. Thanks to everyone who came along to visit us.

About Us

The Enclustra FPGA Design Center offers design services at all stages of development of an FPGA-based system, from conception through to bring-up at the customer site.

As well as HDL firmware, embedded software and hardware design, our expertise spans a wide range of application areas, including:

  • Embedded processing
  • Digital communications
  • Smart vision systems
  • Software defined radio
  • Motion and drive control.
Sent by Enclustra GmbH, Technoparkstrasse 1, CH-8005 Zürich, Switzerland.
Telephone: +41 43 343 39 43
Fax: +41 43 343 39 44
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www.enclustra.com
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