October 31, 2014 09:00 ET

4DSP Raises the Bar for Optical Ethernet Performance in the FMC Form Factor With Dual 40Gb Module

AUSTIN, TX--(Marketwired - October 31, 2014) - 4DSP today introduced the new FMC410 FPGA Mezzanine Card (FMC) which offers ten independent optical transmit and receive links with maximum data rates of either 6.25Gbps or 10Gbps. This COTS card features separate transmitter and receiver modules and provides high port density. The FMC410 can be used as a dual 10Gb or dual 40Gb Ethernet port, and it provides high-speed optical input and output for telecommunications, data networking, data storage, and ultra-high-definition video applications. It also offers front panel I/O access and can be used in a conduction-cooled environment.

"Thanks to the FMC410, system integrators can now choose a cost effective COTS module to provide parallel high-speed optical input and output to their systems," said 4DSP application engineer Erik Barhorst. "This will be the answer to the ever-increasing demand for more bandwidth in such applications as cloud computing, data storage centers, 4K video, and signal processing systems where the standard copper interconnects fall short."

The FMC410 is electrically and mechanically compliant to the FMC standard (ANSI/VITA 57.1) except for its height. This daughter card is 3.4 mm higher than the maximum component height of 9.5 mm specified by the FMC standard. The FMC410 is therefore equipped with a connector that provides a stacking height of 13.5 mm instead of the standard 10 mm. The card can still be used without issues on many FPGA carrier cards and FPGA development platforms.


  • Ten independent transmit channels
  • Ten independent receive channels
  • High channel capacity: 6.25Gbps or 10Gbps per direction (TX/RX)
  • High port density
  • Separate transmitter and receiver modules
  • 13.5 mm stacking height
  • Low power consumption


  • Dual 10Gb or 40Gb Ethernet
  • Telecommunications systems
  • Data networking
  • Data centers
  • Enterprise data storage
  • Video Surveillance
  • Security
  • High-performance computer/FPGA interconnects
  • InfiniBand 10X DDR SX interconnects
  • Telecom and datacom switch and router backplane connections
  • Dense 4Gbps Fibre Channel compatible architectures
  • Reach extensions for protocols including PCI Express, HyperTransport, and Serial RapidIO


  • 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 provides a simple way to design FPGA firmware with automated code and bitstream generation.
  • This module can be used on compatible VITA 57.1-compliant HPC carrier cards.
  • User Manual
  • Performance Report
  • 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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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

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