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Maxim bares reference design for FPGA-based control systems

09 Sep 2014

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Maxim Integrated Products Inc. rolled out its high-speed MAXREFDES74# 18bit data acquisition system (DAS) reference design, allowing FPGA engineers to quickly evaluate and validate their FPGA-based control systems and get to market faster.

Achieving high-precision, high-speed digital control loops is a challenge for designers. Now the MAXREFDES74# DAS provides an 18bit acquisition analogue input and output front end for applications demanding high precision and high-speed data conversion based on FPGA digital processing.

The reference design plugs directly into a standard FPGA I/O expansion (FMC) and is fully equipped with complete hardware, firmware for Zynq FPGAs, Maxim's easy-to-use PC-GUI, and Gerber files. The online GUI tool displays the performance of the signal chain and eliminates the need for scopes or other equipment to generate and analyse waveforms, simplifying the evaluation and validation phase.

The MAXREFDES74# is a ready-made solution for analogue inputs and outputs built for FPGA-based systems. It is flexible and applicable for a wide range of industrial and medical applications, including test and measurement, instrumentation, industrial automation, and process control markets.

"Our reference design helps designers achieve faster time to market thanks to a complete, high performance, proven board design as well as Maxim's powerful and easy-to-use GUI," said Carmelo Morello, Business Manager for precision converters at Maxim Integrated.

The board is available for $95 at Maxim's website and select franchised distributors. Evaluation software, GUI, and Gerber files are provided free with the board.

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