BittWare Introduces the Markets' Best Connected and Most Flexible Advanced Mezzanine Card

BittWare, Inc., the leading supplier of hybrid signal processing board-level solutions, announced today at the Embedded Systems Conference the release and availability of the GX-AMC (GXAM), the company's inaugural FPGA-only board based on Altera Corporation's line of high-density, high-end FPGAs.

San Jose, CA – April 3, 2007 – BittWare, Inc., the leading supplier of hybrid signal processing board-level solutions, announced today at the Embedded Systems Conference the release and availability of the GX-AMC (GXAM), the company's inaugural FPGA-only board based on Altera Corporation's line of high-density, high-end FPGAs. This Advanced Mezzanine Card (AdvancedMC) uses the Altera Stratix II GX FPGA to provide unparalleled flexibility, ideal for the development and deployment of a variety of systems, including wireless infrastructure. Every AMC port aside from port 0 is connected to the Stratix II GX FPGA and BittWare's ATLANTiS framework, allowing designers to determine exactly how to route the I/O, with a variety of protocols supported on 11 SerDes ports and eight LVDS ports. To extend the inherent flexibility of AMC, the GXAM includes a front panel mezzanine site with 76 LVDS pairs and four SerDes, further enabling designers to adapt the GXAM to their complex and changing requirements.

"BittWare has created a product which not only takes advantage of the Stratix II GX FPGA's unparalleled support of serial I/O applications, but builds on that by creating a very flexible Advanced Mezzanine Card," says Danny Biran, vice president of product and corporate marketing, Altera Corporation. "Customers building wireless designs now have a competitive edge that will get them to success much faster."

“The GXAM is possibly the world's best connected and most flexible AdvancedMC,” stated Ron Huizen, VP of Technology at BittWare. “We set out to design a product that would allow customers to easily and quickly deploy their AMC designs, while also retaining the ability to modify, update, and enhance that design – and we have done exactly that.”

About the GX-AMC

At the heart of the GXAM is a state-of-the-art Altera Stratix II GX FPGA which has been specifically designed for serial I/O-based applications providing up to 20 full-duplex high-performance, multi-gigabit transceivers supporting PCI Express, XAUI, Gigibit Ethernet, Serial RapidIO, SerialLite II and other standards. Containing up to 132,540 equivalent LEs, over 6.7 Mbits of RAM, 63 DSP blocks, and 8 PLLs, the Stratix II GX FPGA facilitates all off-board I/O while also providing communications routing and processing.

Efficient routing is achieved using BittWare's ATLANTiS framework, which tightly integrates the I/O peripherals and the FPGA, and allows any combination of serial ports and off-board I/O interfaces to be routed together, providing nearly infinite options for configuring the I/O.

The Stratix II GX device interfaces to three ports (1, 2, & 3) in the AMC commons options region, and eight ports in the AMC fat pipes (4 - 11). These 11 ports provide a network data and control switch fabric interface on the AMC connector, configurable to support PCI Express, Serial RapidIO, GigE, or XAUI protocols. Sixteen LVDS pairs (8 IN, 8 OUT) are provided for rear panel I/O via the AMC connector (ports 12 - 15, and 17 - 20), and all AMC clocks are also connected to the Stratix II GX FPGA. For additional flexibility, the Stratix II GX FPGA provides four SerDes and 76 pairs of LVDS I/O to a BittWare front-panel I/O mezzanine site.

BittWare's FINe Bridge provides Gigabit Ethernet on port 0 of the common options region, along with 10/100 Ethernet and RS-232 on the AMC front panel.

The GXAM also implements the standard Module Management Control Interface (IPMI).

Complete Development Support

BittWare offers a complete suite of development tools to make developing and debugging applications for the GXAM easy and efficient. These software tools provide host interface libraries, a wide variety of diagnostic utilities and configuration tools, and debug tools. This tool set is comprised of BittWare's DSP21k Toolkit, DSP21k Porting Kit, and BittWare Target.

Availability

The GXAM will be available in May 2007 priced at $3,500 in OEM quantities.

About BittWare, Inc.

Founded in 1989, BittWare, Inc. is the leading designer and manufacturer of hybrid (FPGA and DSP) board-level solutions based on Altera's FPGA s and Analog Devices' TigerSHARC® technology. The company provides the essential building blocks required by OEMs for developing and deploying their innovative systems in defense, communications, instrumentation, and life sciences applications. BittWare's product offering addresses OEM needs from prototype-to-production and span a variety of platforms, including AMC, VME, PCI, CompactPCI, PC/104, PC/104-Plus, PMC and standalone. For more information on BittWare and its innovative DSP and FPGA solutions, visit www.bittware.com