FPGA Development Board with AMD-Xilinx Virtex 5

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XC5VLX50, 256-MiB, 32-Mb Serial Flash
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The Opal Kelly XEM5010 is an FPGA development board based on a XC5VLX50 Xilinx Virtex-5 FPGA. In addition to a high gate-count, high-performance FPGA, the XEM5010 utilizes the high transfer rate of USB 2.0 for configuration downloads, enabling an almost instant reprogramming of the FPGA.

FrontPanel™ SDK

Opal Kelly’s FrontPanel SDK is an easy-to-use, robust API for communication, configuration, and interfacing to your PC, Mac or Linux hardware. FrontPanel handles all the interaction between your software and the FPGA internals, dramatically reducing the time and effort required to interface to a design.

FlashPrototyping and OEM Integration

Opal Kelly FPGA integration modules are designed to be the ideal turnkey solution for prototypes and OEM product integration. With the complete FrontPanel SDK, there’s simply no faster, more reliable, production-ready way to jump start your FPGA design.

Block diagram

Block diagram



256 MiB DDR2

Two completely independent 128-MByte DDR2 SDRAMs are great for high-performance applications where separate memory busses are required. Total memory bandwidth is 2.128-GB/s or 17.024-Gb/s.



A wide-bus (36-bit), 1Mx36 SSRAM is directly connected to the FPGA for high-speed, synchronous, static storage.



An 32-Mbit SPI Serial Flash device is included for non-volatile storage of both FPGA configuration and post-configuration data.



The XEM5010 includes high-efficiency switching power supplies for the FPGA and support devices, reducing your design burden and project timeline.

Customer Deployments

  • Bioinformatics co-processors
  • Radar system - test interface, system integration, field testing
  • Camera interface for IR and LIDAR 3D cameras
  • Equipment for analyzing satellite imagery
  • University research
  • Design of equipment for mineral exploration


  • Image or video capture / processing
  • Data acquisition
  • Digital communications
  • ASIC / hardware-based simulation and verification
  • Bioinformatics (DNA search and pattern matching)
  • High-speed USB/FPGA co-processor
  • Evaluation platform for your product
  • Custom test equipment
  • Cryptography
  • Data Security

Technical Specifications and Support

Features & Specifications

  • Xilinx Virtex-5 (XC5VLX50-1FFG676C)
  • 256-MByte DDR2 SDRAM (2x Micron MT47H64M16)
  • 32-Mbit Serial Flash (ST Microelectronics M25P32)
  • 36-Mbit SSRAM (1Mx36)
  • Small form-factor -- 85mm x 61mm x 17.6mm (3.35" x 2.40" x 0.69")
  • High-speed USB 2.0 interface (Cypress FX2LP - CY68013A) for downloading and control
  • Self-powered by external DC source
  • Very low jitter 100 MHz LVDS clock oscillator
  • Four LEDs
  • Two 120-pin 0.8mm Samtec high-performance board-to-board connectors (QSE-060)
  • Up to 200 user I/O (100 differential pairs)
  • Independent access to VCCO bank voltages
  • JTAG pins available through expansion connectors
  • Full FrontPanel virtual control panel support
  • Complete Application Programmer's Interface (API) in C, C++, C#, Ruby, Python, and Java