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MicroTCA.4 (Physics)

AMC Data Processing and telecommunication Module

The AMC-based Controller (DAMC-TCK7) board is a general purpose high-performance low-latency data processing unit designed according to the PICMG MTCA.4 spec. The module provides processing power, data memory, communication links and reference clock signals. The module was originally designed as a LLRF (Low Level Radio Frequency) cavity field stabilizing controller for standing-wave linear accelerators. However, the application of the board is much wider for systems requiring low latency and high speed digital signal processing.
The Xilinx FPGA (Field Programmable Gate Array) device available on the DAMC-TCK7 board delivers a computing power and memory for low-latency digital signal processing. The FPGA supports a number of Low Latency Links (LLLs) available on the front panel, at the backplane and a Rear Transition Module (RTM) Zone 3 connector, working with a few Gigabits throughput.
Since the control algorithms could be improved with time, the device supports in system firmware upgrade, using IPMI and fast serial link.

# Main Features

* Powerful Kintex-7 FPGA
* 16 Gb DDR 3 SDRAM
* 8x SPF+ on front panel (10 Gbps *)
* PCIe x4 gen. 3 (8 Gbps)
* 2 channels of GbE (1 Gbps)
* 10 direct low latency connections to backplane (10Gbps*)
* 4 low latency connections to RTM (10 Gbps *)
* LVDS parallel bus to RTM
* Partial reconfiguration and firmware upgrade support
* Advanced diagnostic, monitoring and debugging
* Options:
– XC7K355T-FGG901
– XC7K420T-FGG901

The board is commercially available under https://www.nateurope.com/products/NAT-AMC-TCK7.html.
A board support package is available on our homepage https://techlab.desy.de/products/amc/damc_tck7.