Mars MX2

Mars MX2 FPGA Module Mars MX2 FPGA Module (Front)
Mars MX2 FPGA Module (Back)


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If you need a more powerful FPGA module or want to upgrade your current Xilinx Spartan-6 solution, then have a look at the Mars AX3.


The Mars MX2 FPGA module is equipped with multi-gigabit serial transceivers, Gigabit Ethernet and DDR2 SDRAM and is thus perfectly suited for high speed communication and DSP applications.

The SO-DIMM form factor allows space-saving hardware designs as well as quick and simple integration of the FPGA board into the target application.



  • Low-cost, low-power FPGA
  • Dual multi-gigabit transceivers
  • Uses the widely-supported and compact SO-DIMM form factor
  • Available in industrial temperature range
  • Supports PCI-Express and Gigabit Ethernet
  • Powerful and compact FPGA board


  • Simple, low-cost and rugged assembly, in the industry-standard SO-DIMM form factor
  • Simple and low-cost integration due to the on-board standard interfaces (PCIe, Ethernet)
  • Fast boot times and support for execution-in-place (XiP) due to the 4 bit parallel SPI Flash
  • Lowest power consumption due to the high-efficiency DC/DC converters and support for FPGA SUSPEND.
  • Many IP cores are available from Xilinx, Enclustra and third parties.


  • Xilinx Spartan-6 LXT FPGA
  • SO-DIMM form factor (67.6 x 30 mm, 200 pins)
  • 2 × 3.125 Gbit/ssec MGT with integrated PCIe Gen1 x1 interface
  • 96 user I/Os, single-ended or differential
  • 16 MB quad SPI Flash
  • Up to 256 MB DDR2 SDRAM
  • Gigabit Ethernet PHY
  • Single 3.3V supply voltage

Module Architecture

Mars MX2 Module ArchitectureClick image to enlarge

Not all features are available simultaneously – please check the documentation for any applicable constraints.
All specifications are subject to change without notice. Please verify component specifications with vendor’s datasheets.
Enclustra maintains an errata and revision history document for each product. Please also check the errata of the FPGA device and other components.

Product Selection Matrix

Product CodeFPGAQuad SPI FlashDDR2 SDRAMEthernet PHYReal Time ClockTemp. RangeStatus
MA-MX2-45-3I-D8 XC6SLX45T-3CSG324I 16MB 256MB 1Gbps -40..+85°C else
Custom Models Click to view custom models options
XC6SLX 25T- 2 CSG324 C
  45T- 3   I





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Mars Heat Sink

Mars Heatsink (Top)

The Mars heat sink is an optimal solution to cool the Mars MX2 – it's low profile (less than 7 mm tall) and covers the whole module surface. It comes with a gap pad for the FPGA and four screws to attach it to the module PCB. With additional user configured gap pads, it is possible to cool other components on board as well.

Base Boards

Select one of these base boards to get started with development straight out of the box.

Base BoardDescription
Mars ST3 An ideal platform for display applications.
Mars EB1 An ideal platform for a stereo frame grabber and other video applications.
Mars PM3 A powerful platform with a wealth of I/O interfaces: Ethernet, USB 3.0, FMC low pin count and more.

Reference Design

Mars MX2 EDK Reference Design

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The Mars MX2 reference design consists of the following deliverables:

  • Precompiled FPGA configuration bitstream containing an EDK system featuring the following functional blocks:
    • Microblaze CPU
    • DDR2 SDRAM controller, internal BRAM
    • SPI and I2C masters, UART
    • Gigabit Ethernet MACs
    • Timer, IRQ controller and GPIO
  • Console-based demo applications (including source code and SDK workspace)
    • DDR2 / SPI Flash memory tests
    • Ethernet / I2C bus access
  • Mars MX2 BSB files for the use with the Xilinx Platform Studio Base System Builder Wizard
  • Documentation (also explaining how to customize and generate the EDK system).

The Mars MX2 reference design is available upon request via email.

Target Applications

  • PCIe Endpoint
  • Data Acquisition
  • High-Speed Communications
  • Digital Signal Processing
  • Image Processing
  • Embedded Computing

Related Products

  • Mars ST3 Base Board more
  • Mars PM3 p-ITX Base Board more
  • Display Controller IP Core more



Support and Further Information

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