An FPGA based general purpose data acquisition controller

C. C W Robson, A. Bousselham, C. Bohm

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System development in advanced FPGAs allows considerable flexibility, both during development and in production use. A mixed firmware/software solution allows the developer to choose what shall be done in firmware or software, and to make that decision late in the process. However, this flexibility comes at the cost of increased complexity. We have designed a modular development framework to help to overcome these issues of increased complexity. This framework comprises a generic controller that can be adapted for different systems by simply changing the software- or firmware parts. The controller can use both soft and hard processors, with or without an RTOS, based on the demands of the system to be developed. The resulting system uses the Internet for both control and data acquisition. In our studies we developed the embedded system in a Xilinx Virtex-n Pro FPGA, where we used both PowerPC and MicroBlaze cores, http, Java, and LabView for control and communication, together with the MicroC/OS-II and OSE operating systems

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication2005 14TH IEEE-NPSS Real Time Conference
Number of pages4
Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 2005
Externally publishedYes
Event2005 14TH IEEE-NPSS Real Time Conference - Stockholm, Sweden
Duration: 4 Jun 200510 Jun 2005


Other2005 14TH IEEE-NPSS Real Time Conference


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Engineering(all)

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Robson, C. C. W., Bousselham, A., & Bohm, C. (2005). An FPGA based general purpose data acquisition controller. In 2005 14TH IEEE-NPSS Real Time Conference (Vol. 2005, pp. 86-89). [1547438]