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56G FDR InfiniBand / 40G Ethernet Instrumentation Gateway

The 56G Instrumentation Gateway provides a complete infrastructure for rapid implementation of demanding data acquisition, real-time simulation, process control and other applications that stream big data across networks. The gateway provides two high pin count FPGA Mezzanine Card (FMC) interfaces into a high-performance FPGA, supporting a variety of FMC module types. The FPGA provides resources for data capture or output, digital signal processing, and precision timing. Hardware implementations of IEEE 1588 v2 Precision Time Protocol (PTP) and Synchronous Ethernet (SyncE) provide nanosecond level time synchronization between instrumentation gateways and other devices on the network. Furthermore, the gateway implements FPGADirectTM, a Peer-to-Peer (P2P) communications protocol that uses Remote Direct Memory Access (RDMA) transactions for low-latency, wire-speed data transfer between the FPGA memory and remote memories in high performance computing (HPC) systems.


  • Xilinx Virtex 7 FPGA with dual HPC FMC slots
  • 56G FDR InfiniBand
  • 1/10/40/56G Ethernet Interfaces
  • Freescale QorIQ Multicore SoC
  • Real-Time Embedded Linux using Yocto Project
  • Mellanox Open Fabrics Enterprise Distribution (OFED) software
  • Crossfield driver for FPGADirectTM Peer-to-Peer (P2P) transactions between the Virtex 7 FPGA and HPC
  • Physical layer support for IEEE 1588 Precision Time Protocol (PTP) and Synchronous Ethernet (SyncE)
  • M-key M.2 Slot (Gen 3 PCIe x4)


Xilinx Virtex 7 FPGA
  • 690T with 6 GB 64-bit DDR3-1800 SDRAM option
  • 330T with 4 GB 64-bit DDR3-1800 SDRAM option
  • 8-lane PCI Express Gen 3
  • Dual High Pin Count (HPC) FPGA Mezzanine Card (FMC) slots
Freescale P4 QorIQ Processor (P3/P5 options available)
  • 4 GB 64-bit DDR3-1200 SDRAM
  • 128 MB NOR Flash
  • eMMC
  • 1G Ethernet (RJ-45 & SFP)
  • 10G Ethernet (SFP+)
  • 4-lane PCI Express Gen 2
  • Encryption Engine
  • Trust Architecture for Software Assurance
  • Anti-Tamper support
Mellanox ConnectX-3 Network Adapter
  • 56G FDR InfiniBand (QSFP+)
  • 40G Ethernet (QSFP+)
  • 8-lane PCI Express Gen 3
M-key 22110 M.2 NVMe Slot (PCI Express Gen 3)
Avago PCI Express Gen 3 Switch
IEEE 1588 v2 PTP at 1G or 10G PHY level
12V Power

Ordering Information

Part # CTLCX002-1