Harsh environment PrPMC with FPGA

Sometimes less is more. Consider the PrPMC520 from AcQ. The single -based ProcessorPMC (PrPMC) mezzanine board brings simple elegance to rugged, conduction-cooled embedded military designs. Based on the Freescale MPC5200B CPU running at a relatively sedate 396 MHz, the PowerPC 603e-based CPU includes double-precision floating point math, 10/100 Ethernet, USB, I2C, CAN and myriad other “goes-innas and goes-outtas”.

Wrapped around the feature-packed CPU is a Lattice XP SRAM-based, Flash-programmed FPGA ready to accept either user-defined or vendor-created functions and peripherals. AcQ suggests a TCP/IP protocol stack or offload engine, ARINC-429, MIL-STD-1553, secondary PCI, or any custom logic design. The PrPMC520 also can be populated with up to 256 MB of SDRAM, 32 MB of Flash, 64 Kbits of E2PROM, and a real-time clock with optional GoldCap battery. All I/O is routed off the connectors, but a carrier board is available with connectors and breakout cables for benchtop development.

Topics covered in this article