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ProcStar IV

Gidel's ProcStar IV is an ALTERA Stratix IV 360-820 & Stratix III 80E-340L, PCIe  based Board.



The ProcStar IV™ system provides a high-capacity, high-speed FPGA-based platform fortified with high throughput and massive memory resulting in a powerful and highly flexible system. The ProcStar IV can be hosted via 8-lane PCI Express. The performance, memory and add-on daughter boards' flexible architecture enable the system to meet almost any computation needs. In addition to 2 GB on-board memory, eight SODIMM sockets provide up to 32 GB of memory or additional connectivity and logic. Abundant memory conjoined with fast PCIe connection enable strong co-processing between a standard PC operating system and the FPGA acceleration.

 The ProcStar IV system, with Gidel's ProcDeveloper's Kit and tools, offers an incredible performance yet supports quick implementation of your unique design. This is achieved by eliminating the need for a high-speed board design, a PCI Express application driver, board constraints and environment FPGA code. The generated HDL code enables high throughput, easy-to-use parallel access to large memories. As a result, designers can focus on their proprietary value-added design. User designs may be in HDL, C-based, Simulink (graphical design) or any combination of them.

Key Features

   Up to 4 Stratix IV 360, 530 and 820 FPGAs

   8-lane PCI Express (PCIe x8) host interface

   Five level memory structure (34GB+).              
Maximum sustain throughput of 18,770 GB/s to internal memories and 48 GB/s to DRAMs as follows:

1.   Up to 6440 M9K (9K-bit) DPRAM blocks

(17,388 GB/s throughput @ 300Mhz)

2.   Up to 240 M144K (144K-bit) RAM blocks

(1,382 GB/s throughput @ 300Mhz)

3.   Up to 65,050 MLAB (640-bit) RAM blocks  

4.   Up to 4 large 512MB DDR2 memories with 16GB/s sustain throughput using up to 24 ports. (Up to 64 ports with lower access rate)

5.   8 DDR2 SODIMMs with up to 4GB each at a maximum sustain throughput of 32 GB/s using up to 64 ports.

   Supports 5 ProcStar IV Daughter Boards (PSDB): SDI, DVI, Camera Link, PHY II and other interfaces

   Typical system frequencies: 100-325 MHz.

   Flexible clocking system.

   Volatile and non volatile design security

   Reference design for fast direct board to board connection via SODIMM sockets.

   Supported by Gidel's Proc Developer's Kits.


  • Leading edge performance.
  • Maximum flexibility to fit customer needs.
  • Cuts development cycle time and budget.
  • Reliability.
  • Maintainability.
  • Long life cycle.

    Target Applications

       COTS acquisition and accelerator boards in:

      HPC (High Performance Computing)

      Machine Vision and Imaging

      High performance acquisition systems

      Bioinformatics Applications

       Small ASIC and SoC Prototyping

       Complex algorithm and IPs validation

    Operating systems

  • Microsoft Windows.
  • Linux.



  • Re-Configuration

    • ProcStar IV boards can be easily re-configured by user's software. The re-configuration is accomplished simply by closing the current class object and opening a new application driver object. The board can alternatively be re-configured by calling the Load_IC method or using the ProcWizard development tool in order to merely replace a specific device.

    • The application drivers are automatically generated by ProcWizard.
    • The rapid parallel access to on-board DRAM and DDR II memories can also be reconfigured using the Proc Multiport controller.


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