Reference design to evaluate MCXL SoM has HyperBus technology

Based on Intel Cyclone 10 LP FPGAs, the MCXL system on module (SoM) reference IP design is available from Aries Embedded. It is claimed to be the first FPGA SoM to feature HyperBus technology and is intended for industrial control and communication systems.

“The new reference design provides an excellent benefit for all customers to evaluate the MCXL SoM or start their own developments,” said Andreas Widder, managing director of Aries Embedded. “The design implements the VexRiscv (open source RISC-V soft-core) running FreeRTOS, as well as Intel Triple Speed Ethernet MAC and the SLL MBMC [Synaptic Laboratories’ multiple bus memory controller]  IP.” 

The Intel Cyclone 10 LP FPGAs are suitable for cost-sensitive applications that require increasing lower static power as the need for scalable processing acceleration increases system interface requirements. The reference IP design is therefore suitable for any industrial application involving I/O expansion, interfacing, bridging, sensor fusion and industrial motor control.

There are three versions available: one for the MCXL-S (SDRAM variant) and two for the MCXL-H (HyperBus variant). All implement a RISC-V core with FreeRTOS, a UART core and general purpose I/O routed to the PMod connectors and Gbit Ethernet using the Intel TSE MAC. The mcxl_h_ethernet and mcxl_s_ethernet projects use only 128 KiB on-chip memory to provide RAM for the RISC-V core. 

The mcxl_h_ethernet_hyperbus project also implements the SLL HyperBus IP core, available with a time-limited 30 minutes free trial license providing additional 32MiB of HyperRAM and 128MiB of HyperFlash. 

Aries Embedded provides hardware and software development and standard products for industrial and agricultural sectors. Since 2001 it has focused on FPGA technology and open source software. 

Its portfolio comprises of modular systems for functional prototypes, pilot series and mass production. Aries Embedded can customise standard products, on request.

The embedded specialist is headquartered in Fuerstenfeldbruck, Germany.

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