Connect Tech’s FreeForm Virtex-5 FPGA embedded computing modules save valuable development time and money

Fully reconfigurable and field-programmable, Connect Tech’s maximum performance FPGA embedded computing modules save users time and money. Based on the Xilinx Virtex-5 and a recent partnership with QNX, Connect Tech’s FreeForm/PCI-104 product line provides a powerful, versatile FPGA platform for design flexibility and shorter development cycles.

The idea of deploying the QNX® Neutrino® RTOS on the Xilinx Virtex-5 FPGA has been a direction that many in the QNX community have looked forward to for some time. With a Xilinx contributed BSP available on Foundry27, developers can now design applications that strike a balance between software efficiency and hardware parallelism.

QNX Software Systems recognized that many users needed a practical hardware platform to host their applications. Users needed a hardware platform that was more robust and compact than traditional development boards that could be deployed in the field. Connect Tech’s FreeForm/PCI-104 Virtex-5 based FPGA board can provide exactly that.

When prototypes are needed in a hurry, FreeForm/PCI-104 allows users to quickly prove their concept without breaking development budgets. “The addition of the Xilinx BSP to Foundry27 has been appealing to the QNX developer community for some time, however we have felt the need to bridge the gap between our operating system know-how with a partner with proven hardware experience” explains Kroy Zeviar, Business Alliance Manager for QNX. “The FreeForm/PCI-104 product line from Connect Tech bridges the gap with commercially validated hardware that allows QNX developers to quickly test VHDL code/software. Using FreeForm/PCI-104 means no need to spin your own hardware.”

Combating the most demanding development issues will be made easy with the rugged design and flexibility of FreeForm/PCI-104. These FPGA embedded computing modules are perfect for high speed, compute-intensive, real-time applications including: DSP, avionics, industrial automation, defense systems, transportation, semiconductor, radar and radio signal monitoring.

Use FreeForm/PCI-104 when time to market is of the essence, re-programmability is a must and when speed and accuracy are critical. While CTI continues to expand our FPGA product offerings, the following FreeForm FPGA computing modules are currently available for your critical applications.


  • Virtex-5 FPGA – Up to 5 million logic gates
  • 8MB Flash for embedded coding
  • 512MB DDR2-400 memory
  • GPIO – 64 single ended or 32 LVDS pairs
  • Rocket I/O
  • 2 x 10/100 Ethernet
  • 2 x RS-485 serial interface
  • Industrial temperature range (-40°C to 85°C)
  • Designed for embedded processing
    using MicroBlaze™
  • PowerPC (suitable for any embedded operating system)


  • Spartan-3E FPGA – 500,000 gates
  • On-board flash
  • External 5V power connector for stand-alone usage
  • Industrial temperature range (-40°C to 85°C)
  • Standard and custom cores available
  • Standard core includes:
    -96 digital I/O – 8255 compatible
    -6 counter/timers – 8254 compatible
    -48 Opto-22 compatible digital I/O

* For our most current list visit our website at

All FreeForm FPGA products include FPGA reference designs and comprehensive documentation for your development needs. Connect Tech also recognizes that project needs continue to change with the diverse challenges of any unique requirement. Should you need it, Connect Tech offers engineering services for support in design or customization.

About Connect Tech:

Since 1985, Connect Tech has provided high quality, cost-effective connectivity solutions worldwide. Committed to excellence in both product design and customer service, Connect Tech continues to build on a reputation for manufacturing superior performance communication solutions for mission critical applications.

Designer and manufacturer of multi-port serial adapters, solid state drives, FPGA & Digital I/O products, CAN controller boards, external wireless radio modems, design & debugging tools and Ethernet-to-serial devices, Connect Tech’s commitment to customer satisfaction is demonstrated by our ongoing willingness to comply with important product certifications and approvals, the best warranty in industry and free technical support. Ask us about customization.
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Guelph, Ontario, N1K 1S6

tele: 519.836.1291
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