PLDA Announces XpressV7LP Low Profile PCIe FPGA Design Kit, Based on Xilinx Virtex-7 FPGA

New halfheight board delivers PCIe 3.0 x8, 40G Ethernet and DDR3 SDRAM interfaces in a complete design kit, enabling quick timetodesign

SAN JOSE, Calif. (August 30, 2012) — PLDA, the industry leader in PCI Express® and high‐speed interface IP, today announced a new board to its suite of FPGA Design Kit solutions. The PLDA XpressV7‐LP provides an FPGA‐based low‐profile PCI Express form factor card, incorporating 40Gb of Ethernet connectivity and 8 GBytes of DDR3 SDRAM. It is delivered with PLDA’s leading PCIe 3.0 IP and optional 10G UDP/TCP stack IP, specifically optimized for the Xilinx Virtex‐7 FPGA.

The advanced XpressV7‐LP FPGA design kit provides a complete design environment for applications using PCIe and 10GbE as their main communication interfaces. The XpressV7‐LP is a highly integrated, production‐ready, low‐profile PCI Express FPGA card with quad‐10Gb Ethernet (40GbE) engineered for both prototyping and field deployment. The PCIe and Ethernet architecture designed into the PLDA XpressV7‐LP is ideal for enabling real‐time network processing applications, such as financial trading and data mining.

Key features of PLDA XpressV7‐LP Low Profile Board include:

  • Supports PCIe 3.0 at Gen3, Gen2, Gen1 speeds, in x1, x2, x4, x8
  • Features Xilinx’s 28nm Virtex‐7 FPGA XC7VX690T or XC7V330T
  • QSFP+, enabling 40Gb Ethernet or up to 4 x 10GbE
  • Extensive onboard memory resources
  • Includes PLDA’s QuickPCIe IP core ‐ Highly configurable PCIe IP with advanced DMA and AMBA AXI4 streaming interfaces
  • Optionally includes PLDA’s QuickTCP and QuickUDP IP cores – Full hardware 10G TCP and UDP stack IP with AMBA AXI4 streaming interface
  • Provided with end–to‐end reference designs demonstrating ultra‐low latency 10G Ethernet to PCIe user space through a full hardware level 4 TCP or UDP stack.

“Today’s announcement follows PLDA’s demo of PCIe 3.0 IP on a Xilinx Kintex‐7 and Virtex‐7 FPGA, placing PLDA in a unique position to create best‐in‐class PCIe and Ethernet‐based solutions using Xilinx’s industry‐leading FPGA products.” said Stephane Hauradou, CTO for PLDA.


Accepting orders now for delivery in October 2012.

About PLDA

PLDA designs and sells intellectual property (IP) cores for FPGA and System‐on‐Chip (SoC) that aim to accelerate time‐to‐market for embedded electronic designers. PLDA specializes in highspeed interface protocols and technologies such as PCI, and Ethernet. 

PLDA IP cores are provided with a complete set of tools, including FPGA prototyping cards, drivers and APIs, testbenches and benefit from a global sales and support organization able to sustain over 2,000 customers worldwide.

PLDA is a global company with offices in San Jose, California and Aix en Provence, France. For more information visit



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