Abaco equips wind farm with reliable, real-time FPGA processing board for HVDC control technology – EEJournal
HUNTSVILLE, Alabama – July 7, 2021 Abaco Systems announces design contract with a leading international supplier of renewable energy equipment, using Abaco’s field-programmable gate array (FPGA) processing board technology to ensure reliable operation of a 1.4 gigawatt (GW) wind farm in the North Sea. The total lifetime value of Abaco’s victory is expected to reach $ 3 million.
Abaco was chosen because of its reliable and robust processing performance combined with long-term supply chain capabilities. Abaco’s FPGA will help the wind farm generate reliable, cost-effective and non-polluting energy, supporting the world’s commitment to decarbonize.
Abaco’s Xilinx® Virtex ™ -7 VPX high performance VP780 board will provide real-time control of large amounts of high voltage direct current (HVDC) power generated by one of the world’s largest offshore wind farms. The HVDC power will be transmitted to a ground station where it will be converted to AC power for utility customers on the continent.
“Our Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) program and long-term support ensure that the wind farm will provide clean and reliable HVDC power for decades to come, further enhancing our customer’s success,” said John Muller, Director of Growth at Abaco. “Abaco’s FPGA technology is well known for delivering high performance in applications where robustness, reliability and long-term supply chain are critical concerns.
The Abaco VP780 is powered by an Xilinx® Virtex ™ -7 FPGA with advanced digital signal processing capabilities. The design has been optimized for implementing complex FPGA algorithms with high throughput requirements. It is in the 3U VPX form factor, with a VITA 57 compatible FPGA mezzanine card (FMC) site allowing easy integration of I / O cards with A / D, D / A, RF capabilities and more . Abaco also supports a full range of FMC devices and VPX-based 3U and 6U FPGA products for industrial and MIL / Aero applications from the Virtex-7 to the latest UltraScale + FPGA and RFSoC devices.
About Abaco Systems
Abaco Systems is a global leader in open architecture business computing and rugged embedded electronics. With over 30 years of experience in aerospace and defense, industrial, energy, medical, communications and other critical sectors, Abaco’s innovative solutions align with open standards for accelerate customer success.
Abaco Systems is a subsidiary of AMETEK, Inc., one of the world’s leading manufacturers of electronic instruments and electromechanical devices with 2020 sales of over $ 4.5 billion. www.abaco.com