The Mars FX3 kits contain everything that a developer needs to implement an efficient streaming data transfer between a FPGA and a Windows 7 based host PC including hardware, software and firmware.
The kits are available with a Xilinx FPGA (Spartan-6, Artix-7) hosted on one of Enclustra’s Mars family of SO-DIMM sized FPGA modules.
The Mars PM3 carrier board hosts Cypress EZ-USB FX3 device controller CYUSB3014-BZXI. The compact p-ITX sized board runs off a 12V DC power supply and contains a FMC LPC connector (FPGA mezzanine card, low pin count).
The GPIF II port is used as the connection between the FPGA and the Cypress EZ-USB FX3 USB 3.0 device controller. The reference design uses the Slave FIFO mode in the 32 bit mode at up to 100 MHz.
The Mars FX3 kits are equally well suited for rapid prototyping and for building low-quantity FPGA systems without building custom hardware.
Build your FPGA system in minutes and start taking advantage of the powerful FPGA technology.
The pre-verified reference design and tutorial will jump-start your development by demonstrating upstream performance of 350+ MByte/sec on selected hosts.
The kits are delivered with the free versions of the schematics (not including power circuits and decoupling). The host demonstration software, the EZ-USB FX3 user firmware and the FPGA HDL design are provided in source code. FPGA vendor design software and a programming cable are required in order to modify and recompile the FPGA design. The kit is factory firmware flashed and runs out of the box when connected to a Windows XP/Vista/7 based PC with the provided Cypress driver and demonstration software.