Wild40 EcoSystem for 6U OpenVPX

VPX EcoSystem

The Wild40 EcoSystem for 6U OpenVPX is an integrated and agile system architecture for high-end data acquisition, processing and storage. The Wild40 EcoSystem for OpenVPX revolutionizes the OpenVPX environment with the addition of backplane 40GbE (FPGA IP included with board purchase) and hot swappable payload and switch cards.  This significantly improves uptime performance over systems that do not support hot swap as cards can be exchanged without interrupting other boards in a chassis.  The Wild40 EcoSystem for OpenVPX includes Xilinx or Altera FPGA Boards with high speed serial connections, Storage Boards with up to 8+ TB capacity, 40GbE/Infiniband Switch Boards, Ultra Low-Skew Clock Distribution Cards, Intel-based Single Board Computers, Rear Transition Modules, and multiple 40Gbps Backplane/Chassis options to hold and connect it all. Annapolis also provides many ADC and DAC WILDSTAR mezzanine cards that can be paired with FPGA payload cards for extremely dense analog conversion solutions.  With this FPGA platform, capturing, transferring, storing, processing and transmitting real time super high bandwidth data is easily achieved.

Annapolis designs its products for extraordinary bandwidth and computational performance with up to 1.6 Tb of backplane bandwidth, up to 2 Tb of on-board bandwidth and up to 80 GB/s of memory bandwidth. In addition direct FPGA memory space is made convenient with on-board x8 Gen3 PCIe fabric accessed directly with on-board PowerPC, an adjacent OpenVPX board supporting PCIe Expansion Plane or over the OpenVPX control plane Ethernet (via PowerPC PCIe bus).

The Wild40 EcoSystem included software APIs facilitate data transfer and control of the system. All Annapolis Wild40 boards have an on-board PowerPC which is used for local board control and health management as well as for user application requirements. Additionally, a “remote API” allows external control/monitoring from anywhere on the control plane Ethernet network. This enables a single point of control and because it is networked can be done from anywhere. These APIs (either run locally, remotely or both) can be used for runtime configuration of board resources such as FPGA or clock configuration and monitoring of board health sensors including FPGA temperature and board power.

There are two FPGA design methods for every Annapolis product. There is a powerful VHDL environment with system level simulation which is included with every FPGA board, and CoreFire Next and Open Project Builder FPGA Design Suites, which allows high-level FPGA design using a graphical interface to drag cores (such as FFT or memory) into an FPGA design. If additional design help is needed, Annapolis has an in-house Applications Team that can assist customers with their designs or deliver a complete turnkey solution.

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A Note about Synchronization

Multi-element arrays in radars and other RF apertures are driving requirements for synchronization of 10s, 100s, and even 1,000s of channels of A-to-D and D-to-A converters. We see more and more customers who absolutely must ensure all converter channels in a system are tightly synchronized to within the exact sample. Also this synchronization must be repeatable and predictable across time, temperature and multiple power on/off cycles.

OpenVPX 6U System with 128 Synchronized Channels
OpenVPX 6U System with 128 Synchronized Channels

At the same time, speed and resolution of mainstream converters is increasing to multi-GSps sample rates with 12, 14, and even 16 bits of resolution. As converter speeds have increased, increasing levels of sophistication are required to achieve tight synchronization requirements.

Annapolis has been developing and delivering deployable synchronization solutions in our COTS product line for over 20 years. As the requirements and challenges have increased, our products have kept pace – we are now in production of our 3rd generation of synchronization solutions.

The Annapolis Wild40 EcoSystem family of products encompasses a complete architecture designed from start to finish to achieve these tight synchronziation requirements while leveraging high sample rate (3-5+ GSps with 12-14 bits) converters. The Wild40 family of products includes A-to-D and D-to-A converter mezzanines, FPGA-based carrier modules, clock distribution cards, as well as backplanes and chassis.

As well, Annapolis has a knowledgeable staff ready to work closely with customers to navigate the challenging trade-offs of building COTS-based deployable acquisition and processing solutions for today’s multi-function radar, EW and instrumentation apertures.