MINT

The ultimate Intel Arria V SoC Multi INTerface development board

 

MINT: The ultimate Intel Arria V SoC Multi INTerface development board

The MINT (Multi INTerface) is a development board with a large number of high-speed interfaces.

MINT contains an Intel Arria V SoC, a combination of a FPGA and a Dual-core ARM CortexTM-A9 MPCoreTM, which combines the computing power of a FPGA and the flexibility of software on an ARM-based hard processor system (HPS).  All interfaces are accessible from the FPGA or the ARM based HPS.

The MINT has several physical interfaces:

With these interfaces it is an ideal platform for development and ideal as a data acquisition interface for test systems.

Benefits

  • Strong Intel Arria V SOC based platform with a Linux Operating System
  • Flexible development platform
  • Large number of interfaces present
  • Suitable for use in a cleanroom environment (Class 4)
  • MINT is a base platform and can be tailored for specific applications
  • Easily extendable by means of an industry standard FMC interface
  • PC software library available for integration with C/C++, Python and LabVIEW applications
  • Model-Based Design using MATLAB and Simulink

Application examples

  • Ethernet/USB3.o to RapidIO bridge
  • RapidIO netwerk analysis/configuration tool
  • Tool for digital imaging processing
  • Custom communication protocol interface/diagnose tool

Block diagram

The figure below shows all available interfaces on the MINT with the connection to the FPGA or the ARM based HPS. The ethernet, USB3.0 and USB2.0 OTG, (Q)SFP and RS-485 interfaces connectors are placed at the edge of so that they are accessible from the outside. The other interfaces are available through connectors on top of the PCB.

MINT Block Diagram

Block diagram MINT Arria V SoC development board

Design services

3T has extensive knowledge and experience with developing and producing customer specific hardware. The MINT platform has been used to make a number of customer specific products, for example MINT U2S (USB3.0 – Serial RapidIO interface).

MINT U2S

Mint U2S (USB – Serial RapidIO)

Technical specifications

Processor/FPGA: Intel Arria V 5ASXB5 SOC met FPGA en dual-core ARM Cortex-A9 MPCore
CPU clock frequency: 800 MHz
FPGA logic cells: 462k LE
FPGA memory: 25 MBit ram blocks
Operating System: ptxdist Linux 4.1.0
FPGA interfaces: 2.5 Gbps QSFP
  2.5 Gbps SFP
  2x 200Mbit SFP
  USB3.0
  4x RS-485
  FMC expansion
  JTAG
  Gbit ethernet
  GPIO
  LVDS
CPU interfaces: USB2.0 OTG
  JTAG
  Gbit ethernet
  SPI
  I2C
  GPIO
  UART
CPU memory: 128 MByte NOR flash
  2 GByte DDR3 SDRAM
  SD card slot
Cooling: Passive (fanless)
Power Supply: 12V DC, 60W
Housing: Steel
Dimensions: 44 x 221 x 221 mm (hxbxd)