December 15, 2014 13:00 ET

4DSP Brings Xilinx UltraScale FPGA Performance and Two VITA 57.1 FMC Sites to PCIe With the PC820

AUSTIN, TX--(Marketwired - December 15, 2014) - 4DSP today announced the release of the PC820, a high-performance PCI Express (PCIe) card with advanced Digital Signal Processing (DSP) capabilities and multiple I/O options. The card offers eight lanes of PCIe Gen 3 and up to two FMC (FPGA Mezzanine Card - VITA 57.1) sites that are closely coupled to the onboard Xilinx Kintex UltraScale FPGA and 4GB of DDR3 SDRAM. The PC820 also has two serial peripheral interfaces: a single-lane SFP+ module and a dual-lane Samtec FireFly connector. The card is the newest addition to 4DSP's family of modules with high-end FPGA devices and FMC functionality in popular board form factors.

The PC820 is designed for software defined radio (SDR), RADAR/SONAR imaging, data center high speed communication, and analog/digital signal processing among other uses. The card is an excellent choice for demanding applications that require large band signal digitization or generation through the use of accelerated frequency-domain algorithms.

"The PC820 is a great way to add high-performance DSP capability to PCI Express-capable systems," said Pierrick Vulliez, CTO of 4DSP. "The FMC sites give designers the ability to select I/O from 4DSP's diverse and growing range of FMC modules as well as from the embedded industry's expanding FMC ecosystem. This flexibility combined with the advanced capabilities of the Kintex UltraScale FPGA and the PC820's serial connectivity options provides a powerful way to design innovative systems with FPGA technology."

The front side FMC site is located on the primary side of the board, and remains within the envelope of a single-slot PCIe card when populated. Optionally, a second FMC site is available on the back side of the PC820, with the FMC front panel occupying the front panel of the adjacent PCI Express slot. For a lab test environment or custom system, the PC820 can be operated in a standalone mode where power is supplied through the industry standard PCIe power connector.


  • PCIe Gen3 x8
  • 1x Primary FMC HPC (front)
  • 1x Secondary FMC HPC (rear)
  • 4GB 1600MT/s DDR3 SDRAM
  • 256Mb Serial Flash
  • Single-lane SFP+ interface
  • Bidirectional x2 FireFly connection (14.2 Gbps)
  • CPLD on board
  • Stand-alone operation (optional)


  • Software Defined Radio (SDR)
  • RADAR/SONAR Image Processor
  • Data center processing and communication
  • Satellite communication systems
  • RADAR & Radio Jamming
  • Baseband Communication Transceivers
  • Multi-Channel digital receivers
  • Event Processor & Recorder
  • A/D and D/A Signal Processing


  • 4FM GUI offers multiple functions including the ability to monitor voltage and temperature; perform memory tests; measure the PCIe bandwidth; update FPGA firmware; and access StellarIP.
  • StellarIP is available for this product. A simple way to design FPGA firmware with automated code and bitstream generation.
  • Data analyzer makes it possible to display digitized data real time.
  • User Manual
  • Performance Report
  • Support provided on 4DSP's support forum private boards.
  • Reference designs

More details about this product can be found here:

About 4DSP LLC

4DSP is an innovative Austin, Texas-based corporation dedicated to the design and manufacture of commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) board-level electronics, FPGA Intellectual Property (IP Core), and system level solutions. With the most advanced digitizers and FPGA-based products, 4DSP has a reputation for delivering high-performance DSP solutions for the specific embedded computing requirements of Military, Aerospace, Biomedical and Chemical Science applications. As an AS9100 certified company, 4DSP excels at providing solutions that make an impact in both the lab and the field. More information about 4DSP can be found at

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Contact Information

  • Sales Contacts:
    USA / International
    Michael Brown
    Tel. +1 800-816-1751 
    Fax. +1 (775) 473-9928
    4DSP LLC, 3101 Bee Caves Road, Suite 350
    Austin, TX 78746, USA

    Erik Barhorst
    Tel. +31-172-782-190 
    Fax. +31-172-891-261
    4DSP BV, Ondernemingsweg 66f, 2404HN
    Alphen aan den Rijn, Netherlands