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Opus Virtex-5 Development Board (RETIRED)

This product has been retired and is no longer for sale.

Opus Virtex-5 Development Board (RETIRED)

This product has been retired and is no longer for sale.

Product Description

The CML Opus card brings the power of a PowerPC™ core embedded in a sophisticated Virtex®-5 FPGA. Key features include 10/100 Mbit Ethernet, 256 MB DDR2 memory, and an SD card slot with 2 GB SD card pre-loaded with Linux®. The Opus card provides a complete system that will boot Linux right out of the box. With the included PmodRS232 module, access to the Linux system console is supported to monitor the Linux boot process and execute Linux commands. The Opus card enables the creation of complex, high-performance embedded systems that run Linux in a surprisingly simple manner. 


The Opus is a legacy product and is no longer supported by Xilinx's newer tool sets. As a result we will no longer be producing the board, and once current stock is depleted there will be no more. If you need help finding a replacement product, please visit our forum at

Requirements for Linux console: The Opus needs to be supplied with power from a PCI Express power connector, available on many PC power supplies. In addition, the inlcuded PmodRS232 provides serial access to the console. If neccessary, you can also purchase a USB-Serial adapter cable, linked below. 

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  • Xilinx Virtex-5 FX30T FPGA with embedded PowerPC in a 665-pin BGA package
  • Linux 2.6.33 bootable kernel provided on the included 2 GByte SD card (see requirements below)
  • Two independent 128 MB DDR2 memory banks in a 32-bit configuration
  • Built-in 10/100 Mb Ethernet MAC (Virtex-5 FX series) and PHY
  • SD Card slot for booting Linux while providing file system support
  • 32 MB Platform FLASH for programming the FPGA at power-on
  • 8-lane PCI-Express connector for plugging into 8-lane or larger PCIe slots
  • 50 MHz fixed oscillator and (up to) 550 MHz programmable clock generator
  • JTAG programming interfaces compatible with Xininx’s iMPACT
  • Five 12-pin Pmod™ connectors for peripheral expansion
  • 40-pin GPIO connector
  • Package includes: One PmodRS232 and a 2GB SD card pre-loaded with Linux



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