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4DSP Introduces a Compact Platform for UAVs with Embedded Processing and Flexible IO

July 30, 2014

Austin, TX (PRWEB) July 30, 2014

4DSP's new CES720 (Compact Embedded System) is a stand-alone, small form factor embedded system designed to provide a complete and generic processing platform for data acquisition, signal processing, and communication. The system is housed in an enclosure measuring five inches per side and weighing less than 1 Kg. It features a low-power x86 CPU tightly coupled to a high-performance Xilinx Kintex-7 and FPGA Mezzanine Card (FMC VITA 57.1). The Kintex-7 410T FPGA provides a flexible and powerful processing backbone for interfacing to the FMC site, CPU, and external DDR3 SDRAM, with plenty of room left over for high-performance Digital Signal Processing.

"The CES720 is ideal for development and prototyping purposes, and it can serve as a customizable stand-alone lab instrument or as a deployed embedded solution for UAV applications where weight and size are critical," said 4DSP Systems Engineer Justin Braun. "FMCs can be chosen from 4DSP's extensive and versatile portfolio of modules or from a third-party vendor to customize the functionality of the system for a given application."

4DSP's BSP (Board Support Package) and Stellar IP are available for the CES720. These tools allow designers to jump into development with modular reference designs that exercise the system's capabilities and provide the high-level interfaces and driver support.


System IO:




Gigabit Ethernet

FMC HPC site


PCIe communication between processor and FPGA Processor - System controller:

AMD G-Series Dual Core 1.0GHz Processor T40E



Windows and Linux support FPGA:

Kintex-7 410T FFG676


DC 16V 30V Dimensions and Weight:

132 x 75 x 125 mm (WxHxD)

0.86 Kg Applications


Software Defined Radio (SDR)

RADAR/SONAR Image Processor

Satellite communication systems

RADAR & Radio Jamming

JPEG2000 Video Image Processors

Baseband Communication Transceivers

Multi-Channel digital receivers

Up to 64M-point floating-point FFT processing

Event Processor & Recorder

Direction Finding Board Support package

Stellar IP is available for this product. It offers a simple way to design FPGA firmware with automated code and bitstream generation.

Board control and monitoring tools

Flash programming utility

Confidence tests

Host-side API

Software program example

Xilinx ISE projects

Test firmware and VHDL source code

Drivers for Windows and Linux

Embedded operating system options are available. Contact for more details.

Download the BSP datasheet for more information.

More details about this product can be found on the following page:


Sales Contacts:

USA / International

Michael Brown

Tel: +1 (800) 816-1751

Fax: +1 (775) 473-9928


4DSP LLC, 1210 San Antonio Street, Suite 801, Austin, TX 78701, USA


Erik Barhorst

Tel: +31-172-782-190

Fax: +31-172-891-261


4DSP BV, Ondernemingsweg 66f, 2404HN, Alphen aan den Rijn, Netherlands

About 4DSP LLC

4DSP is an innovative company specializing in compact, low-power, and low-weight FPGA-based signal and image processing systems. Founded in 2004 and headquartered in Austin, Texas, USA, with offices in the Netherlands, 4DSP develops reconfigurable computers of advanced architecture that offer maximum flexibility and scalability. 4DSP's hardware platforms deliver unmatched performance for advanced digital signal processing (DSP) in embedded computing applications. More information about 4DSP can be found at

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