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Xilinx FPGA features in OpenPOWER-based CAPI acceleration kit Alpha Data has a CAPI acceleration development kit targeting the ADM-PCIE-7V3 board. The kit will enable designers to use Xilinx All Programmable FPGA devices attached to the coherent accelerator processor interfaces on IBM POWER8 systems. The development kit includes the PSL (Power Service Layer) to provide the infrastructure connection to the POWER8 chip, examples of user defined AFU (Accelerator Function Units), as well as OS Kernel extensions and library functions specifically for CAPI. This solution significantly reduces the development time required to offload data processing applications to FPGAs. The Alpha Data ADM-PCIE-7V3 PCIe form factor add-in card uses Xilinx FPGAs to deliver application-specific acceleration for Big Data workloads. The ADM-PCIE-7V3 is IBM Power8 CAPI capable, featuring a Xilinx Virtex-7 X690T FPGA with dual 10Gigabit SFP+ ports for direct networking attach, two on-board SO-DIMMs for computing from local memory, and dual SATA interfaces for local data storage. OpenPOWER systems with AlphaData co-processors provide an ideal solution for next-generation data-centres. The collaboration between Alpha Data, Xilinx, IBM, and the OpenPOWER Foundation is producing breakthrough performance using Xilinx All Programmable FPGAs.” Alpha Data www.alpha-data.com Octal, simultaneous sampling, true 18-bits ADC LTC2348-18 is an 18-bit, 8-channel simultaneous sampling successive approximation register (SAR) ADC combining performance and flexibility. While converting eight channels at 200 ksamples/sec per channel throughput, each SoftSpan input can be independently configured on a conversion-by-conversion basis to accept ±10.24V, 0V to 10.24V, ±5.12V, or 0V to 5.12V signals. The differential analogue inputs operate over a 34V input common mode range, allowing the ADC to directly digitise a variety of signals to simplify the signal-chain design. The input signal flexibility, combined with ±3LSB maximum INL, no missing codes at 18 bits, and 96.7 dB SNR, suits the LTC2348-18 for high performance industrial process control, test and measurement, power line monitoring, instrumentation and automatic test equipment applications. The LTC2348-18 features a precision internal reference with 20 ppm/°C maximum temperature coefficient and an integrated reference buffer capable of accurate one-shot measurements, providing space savings in densely packed circuit boards. Optionally, an external 5V reference can be used to expand the analogue input range to ±12.5V. The device dissipates 140 mW when converting eight channels simultaneously at 200 ksamples/sec per channel, and features nap and power-down modes to reduce power dissipation at slower throughputs. Linear Technology www.linear.com 16-core SoCs target data centers and IT infrastructure Cavium has added two new pin-compatible families CN73XX and CN72XX to its OCTEON III MIPS64 multi-core processor line, spanning 4 to 16 cores. The low-power processor families will accelerate the emerging applications in Software Defined Networking (SDN) and Network Function Virtualization (NFV). The OCTEON III CN73XX and CN72XX family SoCs pack up to 16 cores that deliver up to 35GHz of compute, 40Gbps of application performance and 120Gbps of networking connectivity in low-power configurations starting as low as 8W. Packet parsing capabilities are integrated that can process both existing and emerging protocols such as MPLS, NVGRE, and VxLAN at line rate, along with sophisticated traffic management capabilities that provide the fine grained traffic shaping and QoS required for application-centric networks. The integrated hardware accelerated security processing capabilities are turbo charged with support for a range of new crypto algorithms including the latest SHA3 and enable 40Gbps IPSec using a single chip, to efficiently secure high-throughput enterprise, datacenter, and wireless backhaul connections. Cavium’s latest Deep Packet Inspection (DPI) is able to scan millions of flows and patterns in real-time to enable enterprises and service providers to provide robust protection against security threats while delivering intelligent application-based services. Cavium www.cavium.com Ink and foil-based sensors, light and flexible Hoffmann Krippner’s unique SensoInk and SensoFoil intelligent sensing technologies can be used for Internet of Things applications such as process automation, position tracking and real time supply chain support. A 5V analog solution with low power requirements, SensoInk is based on printed polymer pastes over thin flexible films. It can be printed as potentiometers, resistors, switches or keyboard contacts on circuit boards or electronic components, to operate at 5V. The technology has no negative electromagnetic effects (full electromagnetic compatibility) and only two components are required for signal transformation: a printed potentiometer track on a carrier material (e.g. FR4 or PET foil) and a conductive wiper. As a product implementation, Sensofoil is a thin-film membrane potentiometer as flat as 0.5mm, with a repeat accuracy of 1mm to 10μm. The standard linear Sensofoil is available in lengths of 50mm up to 500mm, 40mm wide rotary, and custom sizes and shapes. It comes in PET (ultra-thin), Magnet (contactless – long lifetime) or Hybrid technology (extended lifetime and temperature range) Hoffmann+Krippner www.hoffmann-krippner.com 44 Electronic Engineering Times Europe July-August 2015 www.electronics-eetimes.com


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