ADA-VPX3-7K1 - Radar/Sonar Beamforming


Photo 1 of ada-vpx3-7k1Photo 2 of ada-vpx3-7k1Photo 3 of ada-vpx3-7k1Main Photo of ada-vpx3-7k1  Board: FPGA COTS board: Xilinx Kintex-7 3U VPX Ethernet SATA PCIE: Military, Commercial Kintex-7

ADA-VPX3-7K1 Documents

Datasheet v1.0 (pdf)

User Manual v2.0 (pdf)

Support and Development Kit

For more details on the ADM-XRC Gen 3 SDK and ADB3 Driver see the ADM-XRC Gen 3 SDK Page.

Contact Alpha Data support if you have any problems or questions.

Windows SDK: v1.7.0 (1 Dec 2014)

Linux SDK: v1.7.0 (1 Dec 2014)

Windows Driver: v1.4.19 (8 Oct 2018)

Linux Driver: v1.4.19 (8 Oct 2018)


  • Radar/Sonar Beamforming
  • Image/Video Processing
  • Data Encryption

Board Features

  • Xilinx Kintex-7 XCK325T FPGA
  • Air-Cooled/Conduction-Cooled Options
  • Separate PCI Express Bridge
  • XRM2 I/O Interface
  • COTS Product
  • 3U VPX (OpenVPX Compliant)

FPGA Features (Hard IP)

  • 1x PCIe® Gen2


The ADA-VPX3-7K1 assembly brings together the power and configurability of the ADM-XRC-7K1 FPGA XMC in a VPX 3U module based on the Xilinx Kintex-7 range of Platform FPGAs.

Features include PCI Express Gen2 interface, external memory, high density I/O, temperature monitoring and flash boot facilities.

A comprehensive cross platform API with support for Microsoft Windows, Linux and VxWorks provides access to the full functionality of these hardware features.

Placing the PCI Express bridge in bypass allows the creation of a Gen 2 x8 PCI Express endpoint design directly into the target FPGA (x8 for -2/-3 devices only x4 for -1 devices).

There is a build option to include a 10/100/1000 Ethernet Interface connecting the target FPGA to P6.

Board Format

3U VPX (OpenVPX Compliant)

Environmental Specifications

Temperature Limits:

CodeCooling OptionOperating Temp.Storage Temp.
ACEAir Cooled Extended0°C+70°C-55°C+100°C
AC1Air Cooled Industrial-40°C+70°C-55°C+100°C
CC0Conduction Cooled Commercial0°C+55°C-40°C+85°C
CCEConduction Cooled Extended0°C+70°C[1]-55°C+100°C
CC1Conduction Cooled Industrial-40°C+70°C[1]-55°C+100°C
[1] - with high-efficiency system cooling this can be raised to 85°C - Contact Alpha Data for more details

Operating Humidity range:

Up to 95% (non-condensing)

EMC Conformity:

FCC 47CFR Part 2
EN55022:2010 Equipment ClassB

For more information on the operating conditions for the different cooling options go to: Alpha Data Environmental Specification Page.

Or read: Alpha Data Environment Specification (PDF).

Host I/F

PCI Express® Gen2 x1, x2 or x4 link to separate bridge device with 2GB/s local link to user FPGA. 4 DMA Controllers. Interrupt Controller

Target FPGA Device

Xilinx Kintex® -7

XCK325T XCK410T - FFG900

FPGA Resources

Chosen DeviceFFsLUTsDSPsBRAM

FPGA Hard IP Cores

  • 1x PCIe® Gen2

On Board Memory

Memory TypeNo. BanksMemory Size (per bank)
SDRAM2256MB DDR3-1600 (Alternatively, slower 2Gbit devices can be fitted giving 1GByte on board in 2 banks of 512MByte @ 800MT/sec)

Target FPGA Configuration

  • PCI Express direct to SelectMAP port
  • From Flash direct on power up
  • External JTAG connector

FPGA Configuration Flash

Flash TypeFlash SizeDescription
BPI512MBit2x Bridge, 2x Target, 1x VPD Data Zone

On-board Clock Specifications

  • Low-jitter 250MHz reference clock, suitable for SerDes applications
  • Low-jitter 200MHz reference clock for IOB delay circuits
  • Custom clock inputs available through the XRM2 interface
  • Two Software-Programmable Clocks

I/O Interfaces

Interface TypeQtyDescription
Discrete Digital146LVCMOS/LVDS I/O (programmable to 1.2, 1.5 or 1.8V)
Serial Links
8High-Speed Serial Links to XRM2
VPX I/O (P1)
High-speed serial links1x4 PCI Express Interface
1000Base-X Ethernet2Ethernet connectivity to VPX backplane
Discrete Digital8Discrete IO
Discrete Digital64IO compliant with VITA 46.9 X64S


The ADA-VPX3-7K1 is supplied with the ADMXRCG3 Support & Development kit (SDK) along with ADB3 Driver for Windows / Linux / VxWorks. (see left)

Ordering Code
ParametercodeParameter Description
Kintex-7 devicez


Kintex-7 speedy

1, 2, 3


blank = Two banks each of 256MBytes at 1600MT/s,
/1 = Two banks of 512MByte at 800MT/s


blank = air cooled commercial,
/ACE = Extended air cooled Commercial,
/AC1 = air cooled industrial,
/CC1 = conduction cooled industrial

Ethernet I/F Fittede

blank = not fitted,
/GE = Ethernet I/F fitted


not all FPGA speed grades available in all configurations.
Contact Alpha Data for full details.

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  • ADA-VPX3-7K1 Assembly
  • One Year Warranty
  • One Year Technical Support

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