While you may still develop custom modules in the Modular architecture, to ensure the longest lifecycle and latest FPGAs, we recommend using the Integrated Module Development Kit for all new designs. When designing modules for our Integrated FlexRIO architecture, there are several different FPGA Carriers to choose from, based on your application’s needs. Their primary difference is in the interface between the FPGA Carrier and your adapter module.
Serial FPGA Carrier
Our Serial FPGA Carriers, the PXIe-7981, PXIe-7982, PXIe-7985, and PXIe-7986 expose 8 multi-gigabit transceivers, along with power, clocks, triggers, and configuration signals.
If key components of your design such as data converters use high-speed serial links like JESD204B/C, these FPGA Carriers will be ideal for interfacing with those chips.
Parallel LVDS FPGA Carrier
Our Parallel LVDS FPGA Carriers, the PXIe-7990, PXIe-7991, and PXIe-7992, expose 70 LVDS pins to the Adapter Module, along with power, clocks, triggers, and configuration signals.
If your adapter module design requires a large number of digital signals, or if you are upgrading your adapter module from the Modular architecture, these carriers will be ideal.
Parallel D-PHY FPGA Carrier
Our Parallel D-PHY FPGA Carrier, the PXIe-7993, exposes 46 D-PHY pins to the Adapter Module, along with power, clocks, triggers, and configuration signals.
MIPI D-PHY is a popular PHY for cameras and displays in smartphones because it is a flexible, high-speed, low-power, and low-cost solution. D-PHY is also used heavily in automotive applications including camera sensing systems, collision avoidance radars, in-car infotainment, and dashboard displays with the support of proprietary bridging solutions.