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Embedded Systems Design, Inc. Unveils StreamBlade™ FPGA PCI Board
Ideal for streaming application in telecom and SDR

ELKRIDGE, MD--June 26, 2007--Embedded Systems Design, Inc. (ESD), an embedded engineering services and products company delivering high-performance, real-time, embedded processing systems, today announced its release of the StreamBlade™ SOE-4. This short form PCI card is a FPGA-based processing board designed specifically to process real-time streaming data. The SOE-4 is ideally suited to streaming applications such as telecommunications protocol processing, software-defined radio applications, and real-time streaming data, including video and voice processing, generation, recording, and playback.

“The SOE-4 is an integral member of ESD’s StreamBlade™ product family, a new family of products offering the software infrastructure and hardware building blocks that make it easy and affordable for developers to prototype and build distributed FPGA-based processing systems,” said Mark Wecht, President and CEO, ESD. “Like the other StreamBlade boards, the SOE-4 was conceived to solve a specific challenge in a customer’s system – in this case the SOE-4 board with configured I/O replaces functions performed by two 1U rack-mounted Linux servers and four bit capture cards used in a Gigabit Ethernet based streaming data distribution system.”

With Ethernet used to implement a distributed computer backplane and the PCI bus used only for power, configuration, and control, the SOE-4 allows developers to take full advantage of its two Xilinx Virtex-4 FX60 FPGAs or two Xilinx Virtex-4 FX100 FPGAs. The device supports four independent 10/100/1000 Ethernet ports, two for each FPGA, plus four, 40-pin ATA connectors which provide for direct user-configurable access to both FPGAs. With two 8MB banks of ZBT SRAM and two 128MB banks of DDR2 SDRAM per FPGA, developers can use the SOE-4 as a quad PPC405 processing board, a pure FPGA processing board, or for combined hardware/software boundary processing.

“While FPGAs provide an extraordinary opportunity to reduce size, weight, and power consumption (SWAP) while accelerating processing capabilities in numerous applications, several factors have hampered adoption,” said Mark Wecht, President and CEO, ESD. “Primarily, FPGA adoption and especially the development of combined hardware/software boundary solutions have been held up by the lack of development tools and user friendly processing fabric – both of which we are intent on addressing with the StreamBlade™ product family.”

The boards are delivered with the SOE-4 Development Kit, which is compliant with Xilinx EDK 8.2i and includes sample applications to help customers begin using the product immediately. System-on-FPGA (SoFPGA) reference designs are provided, including cores for DDR2 SDRAM control. The development kit also includes Linux PCI device drivers and host utilities for loading FPGA bit streams and PPC405 elf files into SOE-4 flash memory.

The SOE-4 processing boards, part number SB-SOE-4-PCI-ATA, are available eight weeks ARO. Boards are $6, 800.00 in single quantities configured with FX60 FPGAs.

ESD plans to add additional products to the StreamBlade™ family based on the constant input the company receives from its services business. In addition, the company continues to develop specialized FPGA-based solutions for companies that require new technology while reducing the costs and risks that come with in-house development programs.

About Embedded Systems Design, Inc.:
Embedded Systems Design, Inc. (ESD) is an innovative team of system architects and engineers delivering advanced embedded hardware and software engineering services and products for the development of high-performance, real-time, embedded processing systems. ESD has been providing embedded engineering services and developing hardware and software solutions for customers since 1996. The solutions ESD creates are independent of specific technologies; its engineers apply the most appropriate technical alternatives to meet customer requirements, employing both current and emerging technologies. www.embedded-sys.com


Nicolas A. Boillot
Hart-Boillot, LLC
t. 781-893-0053
f. 781-893-0049

Software Defined Radio (SDR):
ESD has significant expertise in the management and development of SDR systems.

Range Extension:
ESD has unique experience with range extension through interference mitigation with multi-sensor adaptive beam forming technologies.

Data Distribution:
ESD has extensive experience with the distribution and processing of real-time streaming data.

Hardware and FPGA:
ESD has experience with multi-layer printed circuit board design, FPGA design, CPLD design, million-plus gate ASIC design, and system-on-chip (SoC) architecture including SoFPGA.