A field-programmable gate array (FPGA) is an integrated circuit (IC) that can be programmed in the field after manufacture. FPGAs are similar in principle to, but have vastly wider potential application than, programmable read-only memory (PROM) chips. FPGAs are used by engineers in the design of specialized ICs that can later be produced hard-wired in large quantities for distribution to computer manufacturers and end users. Ultimately, FPGAs might allow computer users to tailor microprocessors to meet their own individual needs.


FPGA mezzanine card, or FMC, as defined in VITA 57.1, provides a specification describing an I/O mezzanine module with connection to an FPGA or other device with re-configurable I/O capability. The FMC standard describes a versatile module, which can target a range of applications, environments, and markets. The specification defines a commercial grade version, which extends to cover a ruggedized conduction variant. FPGA’s provide a high pin count that can operate at many Gbps. The latest connector technology is defined to maintain the high performance interface from the I/O on the mezzanine module, to the FPGA on the carrier card. The FMC mezzanine module design minimizes design effort and resources through minimal system support and flexible pin allocation.


The Altera high speed mezzanine card (HSMC) specification defines the electrical and mechanical properties of a high speed mezzanine card adapter interface for FPGA-based motherboards. This specification should allow for the design of interoperable motherboards and add-on cards by different manufacturers that can interoperate and utilize the high-performance I/O features found in today’s FPGA devices.


CoaXPress is a new digital transmission standard that allows high speed data from a device, such as a camera, to be transferred to a host, such as a frame grabber. Each CoaXPress link supports up to 6.25 Gbps data rates, along with device power up to 13W and device control at 20 Mbps – all on a single coax cable. For very fast devices, the links can be aggregated to provide multiples of the single coax bandwidth. Long cable lengths are supported – up to 40 meters at 6.25 Gbps and over 100 meters at 3.125 Gbps.


Camera Link® is a robust communications link using a dedicated cable connection and a standardized communications protocol. Camera Link is a hardware specification that standardizes the connection between cameras and frame grabbers. It defines a complete interface which includes provisions for data transfer, camera timing, serial communications, and real time signaling to the camera. Camera Link was built for real time, high bandwidth (maximum 850 MB/s) parallel communication. It is a well-established and distributed industry standard, and there are many Camera Link products on the market today.

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