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HALIFAX ? Amirix Systems Inc., a provider of custom embedded systems and electronic design services for product development, announced that it will deliver 75 AP1100 PCI Platform Field Programmable Gate Array (FPGA) Development Boards to the System-on-Chip Research Network (SOCRN) managed by the Canadian Microelectronics Corp. (CMC) for distribution to universities across Canada.

David Churchill, undergraduate student, Dr. Paul Gillard and Dr. Todd Wareham of Memorial University of Newfoundland.This technology is aimed at increasing the ability of researchers to demonstrate microsystems concepts, validate research in a systems context and accelerate the commercial potential of their work. The boards will be available in over 20 university laboratories this fall.
 Designed by Amirix, the AP1100 is a PCI card with a Xilinx Virtex-II Pro XC2VP100 FPGA packaged in a 1704-pin ball grid array (BGA) and is connected to DDR SDRAM, SRAM, Flash Memory, Ethernet and other interfaces. Configured as a single board computer based on the IBM PowerPC 405 core, the boards come complete with monitor software and TimeSys Linux and provide an advanced design starting point for both university researchers and OEMs looking to improve time-to-market and reduce development costs.
     ?This platform provides an easy to use, ‘out-of-box’ system for developing embedded FPGA System-on-Chip (SoC) solutions using the largest Virtex-II Pro FPGA from Xilinx,? said Sandra Greer, president and CEO of Amirix. ?The AP1100 will expose students and researchers to some of the most current and advanced programmable logic technology on the market today. AMIRIX is very pleased to be recognized as a world leader in this technology and to be chosen by CMC to deliver on this important initiative.?


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