First High-Bandwidth 3U OpenVPX FPGA Board Augments Growing 100Gb COTS EcoSystem

Annapolis Micro Systems, a leading FPGA board and systems supplier, is now shipping its first 3U OpenVPX COTS FPGA board with 100GbE capability. The WILDSTAR 3XBM 3U OpenVPX FPGA Processor’s superior bandwidth and speed is designed to address the most challenging real-time data digitization, processing, and storage applications.

RT3 connectors support 25Gb/s, for a total of 100Gb per Fat Pipe

The 3U board’s debut follows the November introduction of the first 100Gb-capable 6U Board, the WILDSTAR 6XB2. Both boards align with the SOSA™ technical standard.

The 3XBM integrates one Xilinx Kintex® UltraScale™ (XCKU115) or Virtex® UltraScale+™ (XCVU5P/XCVU7P) FPGA and a Xilinx Zynq® UltraScale+ MPSoC (XCZU7EV) motherboard controller. The high-performance board also has a WILD FMC+ (WFMC+™) next generation I/O site, for dense, high-bandwidth ADCs and/or DACs.

High-bandwidth backplane connectivity is enabled by MULTIGIG RT3 interconnects. The new high-density RT3 is 2.5X faster than existing technology, and enables PCIe Gen-4, 100 Gbps Ethernet, and InfiniBand high-speed bandwidths. The RT3 maintains backwards compatibility with the earlier MULTIGIG RT2.

“This 3U board was developed in close collaboration with our customers, who require fully-synchronized high performance processing, combined with high throughput,” said Noah Donaldson, Annapolis Micro Systems Chief Technology Officer. “With 16 LVDS and 12 HSS backplane connections, the 3XBM provides significant high-bandwidth VPX backplane I/O.”

3XBM was developed in alignment with SOSA

3XBM is part of Annapolis’ growing WILD100 EcoSystem™, an interoperable portfolio of rugged high-performance 100GbE COTS boards and systems. Other notable WILD100 products include:

The rugged 3XBM supports industrial temperature ranges, using air, conduction, or air-flow-through cooling. Min/max operating temperatures are -55˚C/85˚C; min/max storage temperatures are -65˚C/105˚C.

3XBM optionally offers VITA 66/67 support, including an x4 FireFly™ optical transceiver. The transceiver allows for optical connectivity through front panel or VITA 66.

Annapolis’ powerful BSP options include 40/100GbE IP and both VxWorks 7 and Linux support.

Annapolis high-performance products are designed for advanced HPC, ISR, and multi-function EW applications, including phased array radar, cybersecurity network processing, DRFM, beamforming, sensor processing, wireless communication, and radar signal processing.