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News Release from: Actel Europe | Subject: CorePCIX
Edited by the Electronicstalk Editorial Team on 14 May 2003

FPGA core aims for PCI-X systems

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The latest IP building block optimised for the high-speed Actel Axcelerator FPGA family is a 133MHz PCI-X IP core

Developed, verified and supported by Actel, the new CorePCIX DirectCore solution speeds time to market and reduces design and system costs, making it suitable for high-performance applications such as servers and workstations, as well as network and test equipment. The company has also introduced a CorePCIX evaluation board to help simplify design integration and test.

The CorePCIX core is available as a PCIX-only solution for embedded applications or as a PCI-X specification version 1.0a compliant solution for addon card applications.

It offers 32 or 64bit modes, master and target functionality, 64bit transfers and support for all PCI-X/PCI burst transaction commands.

The core is backwards compatible with all current PCI configurations.

The simple local bus interface enables additional logic to be integrated and the core's web-based configuration interface permits personalisation and reduction of unused logic.

As interchangeability is essential for this application, the core has been thoroughly verified in simulation and on a CorePCIX evaluation board.

Programmed with CorePCIX functionality, the evaluation board is a PCI-X addon card, allowing the PC or server to access the Axcelerator FPGA and memory via the PCI-X slot.

The evaluation board includes an Actel AX1000 FPGA, a 128Mbyte DIMM, SDRAM and a serial port.

The CorePCIX solution for use with Actel's Axcelerator FPGAs is available today in netlist and RTL formats and can be purchased directly from Actel.

A free evaluation version is also available.

The list price for a single-use netlist is $18,000.

The CorePCIX evaluation board based is priced at $1500 and is expected to be available in July 2003.

A prototype of the board is currently available.

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