This development platform is primarily aimed at facilitating the realization of high speed (several GHz) functions that quantum physicist need for their experiments, as well as providing data collection capabilities.
Without going into many details, it will physically be a 3U rack where users can plug different eurocard modules that perform specific functions.
The platform is open hardware/software for Windows and Linux, which actually made the project’s start quite difficult.
Anyway, the chosen microcontroller is a cortex-m3 based ATSAM3U from Atmel, that provides USB 2.0 connectivity.
Details can be found on Limpkin’s blog.