XEM6010 Integration Evaluation

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The XEM6010 is a USB 2.0 integration module based on the remarkably-capable Xilinx Spartan-6 FPGA. In addition to a high gate-count FPGA, the XEM6010 utilizes the high transfer rate of USB 2.0 for configuration downloads, enabling speedy FPGA configuration and data transfer. With integrated SDRAM, power supplies, and platform flash, the XEM6010 is a worthy successor to the most popular Opal Kelly module.

Need More Bandwidth? The XEM6310 is a footprint-compatible version of the XEM6010 that uses USB 3.0 offering nearly 900% bandwidth improvement over USB 2.0.

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



128 MiB DDR2

Integrated 128-MiByte DDR2 provides plenty of on-board memory for high-performance applications, including image capture and data acquisition.



High-efficiency switching power supplies provide stable, dependable power to the FPGA. In most applications, there is enough extra juice to also supply your board.



The XEM6010 integrates 32 Mib of on-board serial flash for standalone FPGA booting and miscellaneous nonvolatile memory.



The on-board PLL provides flexible clocking to the FPGA and expansion connectors.

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)
  • Bioinformatics (DNA search and pattern matching)
  • Evaluation platform for your product
  • Custom test equipment
  • Cryptography
  • Data Security

Product Comparison

Feature XEM3010-1500P XEM6010-LX45 XEM3050-4000P XEM6010-LX150
Minimum Xilinx Tools Required
ISE WebPack
ISE WebPack
ISE Logic Edition
ISE Logic Edition
Slice Architecture1 2 4-LUT, 2 DFF 4 6-LUT, 8 DFF 2 4-LUT, 2 DFF 4 6-LUT, 8 DFF
Slices 13,312 6,822 27,648 23,038
DFFs 26,624 54,576 55,296 184,304
Dist. RAM 208 Kib 401 Kib 432 Kib 1,355 Kib
Block RAM 576 Kib 2,088 Kib 1,728 Kib 4,824 Kib
MULT / DSP2 32 58 96 180
PLLs4 ✔ (4 CMT) ✔ (6 CMT)
On-Board Memory
Banks, Width
One, x16
128 MiB DDR2
One, x16
Two, x16
128 MiB DDR2
One, x16
Peak Memory Bandwidth 2.128 Gb/s 10 Gb/s 4.256 Gb/s 10 Gb/s

1 Spartan-6 has improved slice density with 6-input LUTs and more LUTs and DFFs per slice.
2 Spartan-6 DSP blocks include MULT and integrated 48-bit accumulator.
3 Spartan-6 MCBs (memory controller blocks) reduce the fabric resources consumed for memory support.
4 Spartan-6 includes PLLs for greater clock management flexibility.

Technical Specifications and Support

Features & Specifications

  • Xilinx Spartan-6 (XC6SLX45-2FGG or XC6SLX150-2FGG)
  • 32-Mib serial flash (Numonyx M32P25)
  • 128-MiByte DDR2 (Micron MT47H64M16HR)
  • Small form-factor -- smaller than a credit card at 75mm x 50mm x 15.9mm (2.95" x 1.97" x 0.63")
  • High-speed USB 2.0 interface (Cypress FX2LP - CY68013A) for downloading and control
  • Self-powered by external DC source
  • Multi-PLL, multi-output clock generator (Cypress CY22393)
  • Eight LEDs
  • Two 80-pin 0.8mm Samtec board-to-board connectors (BSE-040)
  • Over 110 user I/O and 4 GCLK pins on expansion connectors
  • Independent access to VCCO bank voltages
  • JTAG pins available on the expansion connectors
  • Full FrontPanel virtual control panel support
  • Complete Application Programmer's Interface (API) in C, C++, C#, Ruby, Python, and Java