BEEcube Inc. (Fremont, CA) has announced the availability of BEE4-W™. Specifically designed to address rapid system-level prototyping of wireless and digital communications designs, the BEE4-W is BEEcube’s latest generation FPGA (Field Programmable Gate Array) Berkeley Emulation Engine (BEE) platform.

The BEE4-W is a commercial, stackable full-speed multi-FPGA based prototyping platform, integrated with DAC/ADC modules for mixed signal and digital communications designs. The FMC DAC/ADC Module is 4 sets of a single-width FMC mezzanine card providing both a 12-bit, 2.3-GSps multi-Nyquist digital-to-analog converter and a 12-Bit, 1-GSps analog-to-digital converter. BEE4-W DAC/ADCs are based on Maxim MAX19692 and Texas Instruments ADS5400 components.

Each BEE4-W system or module consists of 4 Xilinx Virtex-6 FPGAs based on a unique HPC (High-Performance Computing) Honeycomb™ architecture. BEE4 modules can be stacked or clustered to increase capacity without losing speed. Using Sting I/O™ and depending on the design, users can run prototype logic up to 500 MHz and digital interface communication at 640 Gbps per BEE4-W module, including optical interfaces and multiple digital to analog and analog to digital components. BEE4-W supports the latest FMC and QSPF+ Interface standards.

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