AdvancedMC Card suits wireless front-end applications.

Press Release Summary:

Based on Xilinx Virtex-6 LX240-T FPGA, Model AMC-V6 is suited for wireless radio head interfacing applications requiring multiple CPRI links at up to 6.144 Gbps line rate. IDT CPS-1848 SRIO switch supports Serial RapidIO V2.1 at speeds up to 20 Gbps per port. In addition to 3 front panel SFP+ optical interfaces, card includes 2 banks of DDR3 SDRAM with 128 Mb 16-bit memory and 256 Mb 32-bit memory. Timing and synchronization is achieved via front panel SMB or backplane clock I/O.

Original Press Release:

Commagility Announces High-Performance AdvancedMC Card for Wireless Front-end Applications

Features Xilinx Virtex-6 FPGA and high speed, flexible I/O

Loughborough, UK - CommAgility announced today the AMC-V6 (, a high performance FPGA-based interface and processing module for wireless baseband applications. For maximum processing power, the AMC-V6 incorporates a Xilinx Virtex-6 FPGA. The new module is ideal for wireless radio head interfacing applications requiring multiple CPRI links at up to a 10x (6.144Gbps) line rate.

The standard variant has an LX240T-2 FPGA, providing a cost-effective processing solution. Optionally, the board can be configured with the LX550T-2 version of the FPGA, providing over half a million logic elements and making the AMC-V6 suitable for the most demanding applications.

A broad range of high speed I/O options are provided. Serial RapidIO (SRIO)
V2.1 at speeds of up to 20Gbps per port is supported by an IDT CPS-1848 SRIO switch.

The board provides three front panel SFP+ optical interfaces that provide flexible high-speed links, and are configurable as CPRI, OBSAI, Gigabit Ethernet, SRIO or other standards. Alternatively, dual mini-SAS connectors to the SRIO switch and the FPGA's GTX ports offer up to 40Gbps of front panel I/O.

The FPGA AMC includes two banks of DDR3 SDRAM with multiple high bandwidth
buses: 128Mbytes of 16-bit memory and 256Mbytes of 32-bit. 128Mbytes of Flash memory is also provided, which can be used as storage for multiple FPGA configurations and additional software. CommAgility glue logic provides board control and FPGA configuration via local SPI interfaces or SRIO, leaving the main FPGA completely free for customer application code.

Timing and synchronisation is achieved via front panel SMB or backplane clock I/O. Optionally a GPS module can be fitted, in which case no additional timing equipment is required, significantly reducing systems complexity.

Edward Young, managing director at CommAgility, said, "By including the
Virtex-6 FPGA and IDT's CPS-1848 SRIO switch, we have designed a module that meets the highest requirements for processing power and fast I/O, while giving engineers the flexibility they need. AMC-V6 is the perfect platform for LTE and LTE-Advanced test and base station development and provides a cornerstone of next generation baseband processing."

The new module is a single-width mid-size PICMG AMC.0 R2.0 Advanced Mezzanine Card (AMC), and is tested to work with industry standard MicroTCA chassis. It can also operate standalone, with suitable power and cooling. A range of build options is available, and further customisation is possible in volume, to enable the best technical and commercial fit to a customer application to be achieved. For more information about the CommAgility AMC-V6, see

The AMC-V6 will be sampling in November 2010. For pricing information, please contact CommAgility.

About CommAgility:

CommAgility is a leading manufacturer of signal processing AMC modules for wireless baseband applications, combining flexible CPRI/OBSAI antenna interfaces, the latest TI DSPs and Xilinx FPGAs, and high bandwidth on and off-card communications using Serial RapidIO and Ethernet. Customers around the world use CommAgility products to develop high performance applications in both wireless and non-wireless spaces, and recent designs include test equipment, trial systems and base stations for a wide range of wireless standards especially WiMAX and LTE.


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