Kondor AX FPGA + ARM Networking Board Targets Base Stations, IoT Gateways and IP Cameras

Mikro Project, a company based in Zagreb, Croatia, has recently introduced Kondor AX “Advanced System Development Board” combining  Freescale i.MX6Solo processor with Lattice ECP5 FPGA, and targeting “low power applications at the network edge including HetNet (Heterogeneous Networks), Small Cells, Industrial IoT gateways and IP Cameras.”

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Kondor AX development board specifications:

Category Lattice ECP5 LFE5UM-85F-BG756 FPGA Freescale i.MX6 Solo SoC
  • 84.000 LUTs
  • 207 Block RAMs
  • 156 18×18 Multipliers
  • 365 IO pins
  • 4 SERDES channels (In/out)
  • 400 MHz LPDDR3 Memory Support
  • 4 PLLs, 4 DLLs
  • ARM Cortex A9 @ 1 GHz
  • 512 KB L2 cache
  • GPU 3D – Vivante GC880
  • Video Decode: 1080p30 + D1
  • Video Encode: 1080p30 H.264 BP/ Dual 720p encode
Programming options
  • On-board USB JTAG interface
  • 10-pin JTAG header
  • Using i.MX6 processor
Memory & Storage
  • 512MB LPDDR3-1600
  • 800 MHz Clock Rate
  • 1x 32-bit channel
  • 512 MB 32-bit DDR3
  • 64Mbit SPI Flash
  • 8GB eMMC
  • Micro SD Card
Connectivity  and peripherals
  • 2x SFP cages
  • FMC Connector
  • GPIO header
  • GPIO (differential) header
  • 10/100M Ethernet (RMII)
  • UART (using USB JTAG interface)
  • HDMI output
  • Gigabit Ethernet
  • USB serial interface
  • Camera interface
Other peripherals
  • 4x Single color LEDs
  • 4x Dual color LEDs
  • 6x Status LEDs
Boot Options
  • From 64 Mbit on-board SPI Flash memory
  • SPI Slave mode
  • SPI flash
  • eMMC
  • Micro SD card
  • Onboard 100MHz Differential Oscillator
  • Si5338 Clock Generator
  • 24 MHz & 32.76 KHz
On-board Communication Interfaces
  • PCIe x1 interface
  • EIM interface
  • I2C, SPI, UART
Power Supply
  • 12V Input
  • RoHS Compliant
Kondor-AX Board Description and Block Diagram (Click to Enlarge)
Kondor-AX Board Description and Block Diagram (Click to Enlarge)

The company provides a Linux BSP for Freescale i.MX 6 Solo processor that includes device drivers, applications/services, libraries, GNU Tools (compilers, linkers, …) and “deployment mechanisms”. The ECP5 FPGA can be programmed over JTAG and SPI using Lattice Diamond Programmer from a computer, or directly with i.MX6 using command line tools. The board documentation including the flyer, a Linux BSP setup guide, and the user’s manuals, as well as tutorials for some demos can be found in the download page.

Typical HetNet Application Block Diagram (Click to Enlarge)
HetNet Application Block Diagram (Click to Enlarge)

MikroProjeckt did not provide availability nor pricing information for the board, but I’ve been told the sample price is $1,800 + shipping, with a one week lead-time. More details can be found on MikroProjekt’s Kondor AX product page.

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