September 19, 2014 09:00 ET

4DSP Delivers High-Performance A/D-D/A in a Stackable Format With the FMC144

AUSTIN, TX--(Marketwired - September 19, 2014) - 4DSP announces the release of a new analog-to-digital (A/D) / digital-to-analog (D/A) FPGA Mezzanine Card (FMC) card for multi-channel data acquisition and high-speed signal processing and recording. The FMC144 is an FMC daughter card that provides four 16-bit A/D channels with speeds up to 370 MSPS and four 16-bit D/A channels up to 2.5 GSPS. It offers front panel analog I/O access and can be used in a conduction-cooled environment. This module delivers high-bandwidth connectivity for calculation-heavy FPGA-based applications including beamforming and direction finding. The FMC144 is very well-suited for multi-antenna arrays used in the telecommunications industry where high performance is required.

The factory default configuration of the FMC144 is as a standard FMC module with a high-pin count (HPC) connector on the bottom of the card, but the card can also be configured as a stackable module with HPC connectors on both the top and bottom sides. Stacking multiple FMCs enables higher channel density and creates opportunities to expand functionality while maintaining a small hardware footprint in applications where space is limited such as in aircraft instrumentation and wireless telecom equipment.

"In addition to wireless base stations, the Texas Instruments (TI) DAC38J84 D/A converter and ADC16DX370 A/D converter on the FMC144 can support RADAR and wide-bandwidth test applications, such as mobile testers and arbitrary waveform generators, thanks to the high-bandwidth JESD204B serial interface between the data converters and the FPGA," said Chuck Sanna, Product Line Manager at Texas Instruments. "The speed of the JESD204B lanes also enables the data converters to achieve an extremely small footprint and low power consumption, making the module well-suited for software-defined radio and other small form factor, portable applications."

TI will showcase the performance of the FMC144 board with the Xilinx Kintex Ultrascale FPGA KCU105 Evaluation Kit in its booth at more than 40 upcoming Avnet X-Fest training events throughout North America, Asia, Europe and Japan. When combined, the FMC144 and Kintex Ultrascale Evaluation Kit exceed the performance and bandwidth of existing solutions, while reducing power consumption, to enable next-generation radios, RADAR, and test equipment.


  • Four-channel, 16-bit A/D up to 370 MSPS
  • Four-channel, 16-bit D/A up to 2.5 GSPS
  • VITA 57.1-2010 compliant
  • JESD204B serial interface
  • Conduction-cooled -- Standard Option
  • AC or DC-coupled analog signals
  • 10 SSMC/MMCX front panel connectors
  • Clock source, sampling frequency, and calibration through SPI communication busses
  • Flexible clock tree enables:
    • Internal clock source
    • External sampling or reference clock
  • Power-down modes to switch off unused functions for system power savings
  • Mil-I-46058c Conformal Coating Compliant (optional)
  • HPC -- High Pin Count connector


  • Software-defined radio (SDR)
  • Direct RF Down Conversion
  • RADAR/SONAR Electronic Warfare
  • Beamforming
  • Direction finding
  • Ultra-wideband satellite digital receivers
  • Wireless communication transceivers and base stations
  • Medical equipment
  • Aerospace and test measurement instruments


  • 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. It is a simple way to design FPGA firmware with automated code and bitstream generation
  • Data analyzer makes it possible to display digitized data in real time.
  • This module can be used on any VITA 57.1-compliant carrier card
  • User Manual
  • Performance Guide
  • Support provided on 4DSP's support forum private boards
  • Reference designs available for multiple FPGA carriers

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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    Michael Brown
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    Fax. +1 (775) 473-9928
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    Austin, TX 78701, USA

    Erik Barhorst
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