FPGA Manager API updated
The FPGA Manager API has gotten constant improvements during the last few months. As already reported previously it is now also supplied as a NuGet package, which makes integration and updating significantly easier. The API has now also official gotten Visual Studio 2019 support as well as various bugfixes and improvements – like the possibility to connect several USB 3.0 devices at once to the same PC, even to different host controllers.
15 years of FPGA excellence
15 years ago – on February 23, 2004 – Martin Heimlicher founded Enclustra. During the last 15 years, the one-man company developed into an international company with over 50 employees and a wide range of products and services.
At the moment more than 2500 customers in more than 65 countries rely on our modules, design services and know-how, and this number is growing. But one thing has remained constant over the last 15 years despite reaching double digits: Enclustra maintains the innovation, flexibility, 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 15 years.
Development started on the Mercury + XU9
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.
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.
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.
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