February 20, 2015 13:00 ET

4DSP's PC870 Delivers High-Bandwidth Analog I/O and UltraScale FPGA Performance for PCIe

AUSTIN, TX--(Marketwired - February 20, 2015) - 4DSP announced a new high-performance PCI Express (PCIe) card today called the PC870 which provides one 10-bit analog-to-digital (A/D) channel at 5Gsps and one 10-bit digital-to-analog (D/A) channel at 5Gsps. Adapted from the Kintex UltraScale-based PC820 FPGA carrier card, the PC870 features advanced DSP capabilities, serial connectivity options, 4GB of DDR3 SDRAM, and a PCIe Gen3 interface that can support up to eight lanes.

The low-latency data path of the PC870 enables 2.2GHz of instantaneous analog bandwidth in both the receive and transmit directions. The analog signal input and output are available on the front panel on AC-coupled coax connections. The card also features a single-lane SFP+ module as a serial peripheral interface, and a dual-lane 14.2 Gbps FireFly connector is available as an optional interface.

"The combination of the Xilinx UltraScale FPGA with high-bandwidth A/D and D/A capabilities makes the PC870 a very effective choice for bringing maximum DSP performance to the PCI Express form factor," said Pierrick Vulliez, CTO of 4DSP. "Furthermore, the SFP+ and FireFly options offer serial connectivity choices for designers of innovative FPGA-based systems." The PC870 is an excellent choice for applications that require large-band signal digitization or generation through the use of accelerated frequency domain algorithms such as RADAR/SONAR, wireless telecommunications, and aerospace test and measurement instruments.


  • Kintex UltraScale XCKU035, XCKU040, XCKU060, XCKU075
  • Single-channel, 10-bit A/D up to 5Gsps
  • Single-channel, 10-bit D/A up to 5Gsps
  • PCIe Gen3 x8
  • 4GB 1600MT/s DDR3 SDRAM
  • 256Mb Serial Flash
  • Single-lane SFP+ interface
  • Bidirectional x2 FireFly connection (optional)
  • AC-coupled analog signals
  • LVDS IO signaling between A/D, D/A and FPGA for low latency
  • 6 SSMC or MMCX front panel connectors
  • Clock source, sampling frequency, and calibration through I2C communication
  • Flexible clock tree enables:
    • Internal clock source
    • External sampling or reference clock
  • Power-down modes to switch off unused functions for system power savings


  • Software Defined Radio (SDR)
  • Ultra-wideband satellite digital receiver and transmitter
  • Wireless communication transceivers and base stations
  • Direct RF down-conversion
  • Direction finding
  • A/D and D/A signal processing
  • Multi-channel digital receivers
  • Event processor & recorder
  • Medical equipment
  • Aerospace and test measurement instruments

Board Support Package

  • 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 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 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, USA

    Erik Barhorst
    Tel. +31-172-749-749 
    Fax. +31-172-891-261
    4DSP BV, Ondernemingsweg 66f, 2404HN, Alphen aan den Rijn, Netherlands