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First 100Gb-Capable COTS FPGA Board, for High-Bandwidth Applications

Annapolis Micro Systems, a leading FPGA board and systems supplier, is now shipping its first COTS FPGA board with 100Gb capability. The WILDSTAR 6XB2 6U OpenVPX FPGA Processor’s superior bandwidth and performance is designed to address the most challenging real-time data digitization, processing, and storage applications.

The 6XB2 integrates two Xilinx Virtex® UltraScale+™ FPGAs and a Xilinx Zynq® UltraScale+ MPSoC motherboard controller. The high-performance board also has two WILD FMC+ (WFMC+™) next generation I/O sites, for dense, high-bandwidth ADCs and/or DACs.

High-bandwidth backplane connectivity is enabled by MULTIGIG RT3 interconnects. The new high-density RT3 boosts VPX backplane speeds to a remarkable 25 Gbaud, without sacrificing signal integrity. The RT3 maintains backwards compatibility with the earlier MULTIGIG RT2.

“In 2013, we revolutionized the VPX environment with the introduction of 40GbE capability. Today, we are launching a second revolution by more than doubling the performance to 100GbE,” said Noah Donaldson, Annapolis Micro Systems Chief Technology Officer.

The 6XB2 is part of Annapolis’ small but rapidly growing Wild100 EcoSystem™, an interoperable portfolio of rugged high-performance OpenVPX COTS boards and systems. The Wild100 EcoSystem builds on the widely-deployed Wild40 EcoSystem™, which includes dozens of proven products.

The rugged 6XB2 supports industrial temperature ranges, using air or conduction cooling. Min/max operating temperatures are -55˚C/85˚C; min/max storage temperatures are -65˚C/105˚C.

The 6XB2 optionally offers VITA 66/67 support, including two x4 FireFly™ optical transceivers. The transceivers allows for optical connectivity through front panel or VITA 66.

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.

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