FM480 Virtex-4 PMC/PMC-X

(for new designs, please use the FM482 or FM485)


The FM480 is a high performance PMC/PMC-X module dedicated to processing applications with complex requirements. Bundled with various interfaces, fast on-board memory resources and two FPGAs, the FM480 can be utilized, for example, as a coprocessor unit to accelerate frequency-domain algorithms. With a variety of front panel I/O daughter cards, the FM480 brings high performance and flexibility to a wide range of industries.

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Conduction cooled -optional.

  • High speed DSP processing in Xilinx Virtex-4 ® FPGA
  • XC4VSX55, XC4VLX40, XC4VLX60, XC4VLX80, XC4VLX100 or XC4VLX160
  • XC2VP7 with embedded PowerPC processor
  • FPGA configuration on-board storage
  • Off-the-shelf IP cores
  • FPGA firmware design services available upon request
  • 2 x 128M x 8 DDR2 SDRAM (256MB)
  • 4 x 2M x 32 QDR2 SRAM devices (32MB)
  • 256Mbit flash device
PCI interface
  • PCI-X 64-bit 133MHz, 3.3V
  • PCI-X/PCI 64/32-bit 66MHz, 3.3V
  • PCI 64/32-bit 33MHz, 3.3V
Measured sustained bandwidth
64-bit 133MHz = 760Mbytes/s
64-bit 66MHz = 450Mbytes/s
32-bit 33MHz = 120Mbytes/s

I/O and Front Panel Interface
  • PMC connector Pn4 64 user I/Os
  • Front Panel I/O daughter cards (see table below)

Front Panel Data Port


1Gbytes DDR2 SDRAM


Camera link


LVDS 32-pair


2 A/D ch 125MSPS & 2 D/A ch 500MSPS

ADC250 *

4 A/D ch 125MSPS

ADC284 *

2 A/D ch 210MSPS

ADC290 *

2 A/D ch 1GSPS

ADC291 *

2 D/A ch 1GSPS

DAC281 *

* Fitted on side 2 of the FM480 PMC. Compliant to the PrPMC standard.
  • 4FM GUI offers multiple functions including the ability to monitor voltage and temperature; perform memory tests; measure the PCIe bandwidth; update FPGA firmware; and access StellarIP
  • StellarIP available for this product. A simple way to design FPGA firmware with automated code and bitstream generation
  • FPGA reference design
  • Software development kit for applications using the Microblaze or PowerPC embedded processor
  • Software GUI for card control
  • Device driver for Windows 2000/XP, Linux and VxWorks
  • Test /demonstration application
  • Custom FPGA firmware /application /driver development available upon request
Application examples
  • Real-time DSP functions (e.g. Floating Point FFT, FIR, Polyphase filterbanks, DDC, etc...)
  • Video frame grabber and compression algorithm( JPEG, MPEG, etc)
  • Data acquisition and processing
  • Radar Signal Processing (Doppler filter, Pulse compression, CFAR)
  • Vector processing
  • Timing generation
  • Embedded processors
  • ASIC prototyping
Virtex-4 FPGA architecture example

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