VPX System Pak 300

The VPX-300 is an architecture reference platform designed to support development of systems targeted for use in compute intensive applications which are implemented by using FPGAs for Front End / Back End processing. Examples include radar signal processing, image processing, and other applications requiring high bandwidth signal processing and data communications. As a proven FPGA reference platform, the VPX-300 insures that all VPX boards in the system have been selected and tested for interoperability.

Dual Cluster Architecture for Front-End/Back-End Processing
• Designed around a Virtex-6 FPGA based front end processor (FEP) card
• Combining data and control plane topology, the architecture supports multi-processor capability via two clusters termed front end and back end
•The OpenVPX™ standard based backplane profile provides two separate star sections which are established through a data and control plane switch, handling both PCIe and Gigabit Ethernet links
• All slots in the backplane include control plane interconnects.
• The front end FPGA cluster performs incoming digital signal processing coupled via fabric using a Virtex-6 FPGA to a back end data cluster

Graphics and CUDA Support
In addition to high bandwidth FPGA processing, the VPX-300 supports:
• An NVIDIA 240T graphics processing (GPU) unit for high definition image processing and graphics acceleration.
• Nvidia’s CUDA parallel computing architecture, which enables dramatic increases in computing performance by harnessing the power of the GPU

Elma’s Target Application Profile (TAP) Concept
If a standard OpenVPX backplane profile cannot support the needs of the end application, then a new topology or system architecture, called target application profile (TAP) must be defined and manufactured. The topology in the VPX-300 is a TAP developed by Elma to address a range of high bandwidth, compute intensive applications. It is based on an existing standard OpenVPX backplane.

Defining a TAP Profile
At Elma, we can design your TAP and deliver a complete system designed to precisely suit your application or your application development needs.
We’ll work with you to:
• Determine the backplane topology for the required data flow – Central Switched, Star, Distributed or Full Mesh
• Determine if a standard OpenVPX backplane meets your needs
If a standard backplane does not exist:
• Slot profiles are defined which meet the I/O requirements of the application
• Module profiles are identified that match the slot profiles and meet the functional needs of the application
• A TAP profile is developed based on elements of backplane profiles from the VITA 65 standard and the modules selected to meet your end application system requirements.
The result is a backplane based on an OpenVPX standard, guaranteeing component interoperability

VITA 65 Based VPX Backplane Design
The backplane used in the VPX-300 is a TAP profile based on a 7-slot backplane profile listed in the VITA 65 OpenVPX standard, BKP3-CEN07-15.2.3-n (Figure 1). A key element of this backplane profile is its support of Ethernet and PCIe switching capability in the data and control plane respectively. The backplane developed for the VPX-300 preserves the dual switching capability of the standard backplane while adding an expansion plane and a second compute cluster (Figure 2). This dual cluster architecture supports the front end and back end processing needs of the class of target applications.

About Elma Electronic

Elma Electronic is a global manufacturer of electronic packaging products for the embedded systems market — from components, storage boards, backplanes and chassis platforms to fully integrated subsystems. To ensure our integrated solutions are optimized to our customer’s needs, Elma partners with leading board manufacturers in the industry. Elma also provides enclosure solutions to electronics companies, from cases to vertical cabinets, as well as precision components such as rotary switches/encoders, front panels, and LEDs. The company has a broad base of proven standard products that can be tailored to individual applications, from initial concept to volume production. Elma’s reliable solutions, flexibility, and design expertise are key reasons why the leading electronics companies in the world choose Elma time and again.

Elma Electronic Inc. is located at 44350 Grimmer Blvd., Fremont, CA 94538 USA. Telephone (510) 656-3400 – Fax (510) 656-3783. www.elma.com

Contact Information

Elma Electronic Inc.

44350 S. Grimmer Blvd.
Fremont, CA, 94538
United States

tele: 510-565-3400
fax: 510-656-3783

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