Equipments and infrastructure in the laboratories of DERFAIC research group

  • Cadence Design Systems

Access to Cadence suites of IC design tools such as the Cadence Virtuoso and Cadence Encounter though membership of Cadence Academic Network.

  • IC prototyping facility

DERFAIC has access to state-of-the-art manufacturing facilities for IC prototyping through the EUROPRACTICE program (full academic membership - no. A48070).

  • Computer network

The design activities are carried out on a computer network composed of 8 workstation and 3 simulation servers. The typical configuration of a workstation is:
- Processor : Intel Core i3-2100, up to 3.30 GHz and 3MB Cache       
- 2 GB DDR2 RAM @ 1333MHz
- HDD Capacity 500GB, Rotational Speed 7200 RPM, 3Gb/s SATA Interface
- OS: Windows 7
The typical configuration of the simulation servers:
- Processor : Intel Xeon® E5-2400
- 4 GB DDR3 up to 1600MT/s
- HDD Capacity 1TB, Rotational Speed 7200 RPM, 3Gb/s SATA Interface
- OS: CentOS (Linux)

  • ML501 FPGA Evaluation KIT

ML501 Evaluation kit summary:
- XC5VLX50FF676 FPGA device
- 256 MB DDR2 SODIMM
- 1 MB ZBT SRAM
- 32 MB Linear Flash
- Compact Flash card interface
- 16 x 2 character LCD display
- 2 PS/2 connectors (keyboard, mouse)
- 4 audio jacks
- RS-232 Serial Port
- 2 USB ports (peripheral and host)
- PC4 JTAG for programming and debugging
- DVI/VGA display output interface
- 10/100/1000 RJ-45 Ethernet port
- General purpose I/O: buttons, LEDs, and DIP switches

  • Embedded Development HW/SW Kit – Spartan-3A DSP S3D1800A MicroBlaze Processor Edition

Embedded Development kit summary:
- Development Board featuring Spartan-3 XC3SD1800A-4FGG676C DSP FPGA
- Complete Platform Studio embedded tool suite
- ISE® WebPACK ™ software
- Cables & Power SupplyDevelopment Board featuring Spartan-3 XC3SD1800A-4FGG676C DSP FPGA
- Complete Platform Studio embedded tool suite
- ISE® WebPACK ™ software
- Cables & Power Supply
- Targeting Automotive, Consumer, Industrial, Medical, Military / Aerospace, Servers, Storage, Telecom / Datacom, Wireless applications.
- 10/100/1000 PHY
- 128 MB (32M x 32) DDR2 SDRAM

  • Virtex-II Pro FPGA Development System

he Virtex®-II PRO (V2-Pro) development system can be used at virtually any level of the engineering curricula, from introductory courses through advanced research projects. Based on the Virtex-II Pro FPGA, the board can function as a digital design trainer, a microprocessor development system, or a host for embedded processor cores and complex digital systems. It is powerful enough to support advanced research projects, but affordable enough to be placed at every workstation. The expansion connectors can accommodate special-purpose circuits and systems for years to come, so the board can remain at the core of an engineering educational program indefinitely. 

  • DSP Development Board

This kit contains an ICD 2 Module (DV164005) and the latest dsPICDEM 1.1 Plus General Purpose Development Board (DM300024), which includes a dsPIC30F6014A 80L TQFP Plug-in Module (MA300014). Associated literature, software, cables, and power supplies are also included. Features:
- Real-time Debugging
- Ruggedized Probe Interface 
- Microchip Standard Connectivity
- Portable, USB-powered and RoHS-Compliant
- High Speed Programming 
- Low Voltage Emulation
- Test Interface Module
- Ease of Maintenance and Feature Upgrade
- Low Cost