Board integrates 20nm FPGA for 100/40/10GigE connectivity

7th April 2015
Source: Bittware
Posted By : Siobhan O'Gorman
Board integrates 20nm FPGA for 100/40/10GigE connectivity

At the 2015 HPC for Wall Street - Cloud Technology Show & Conference, BittWare announced the availability of its first board based on Altera's Arria 10 GT/GX FPGA. Integrating the 20nm process technology of the Arria 10 with a wide variety of features, the A10PL4 board supports a range of challenging applications such as network processing and security, compute and storage, instrumentation, broadcast, and signals intelligence. 

The board offers flexible memory configurations supporting over 32GB of memory, sophisticated clocking and timing options, and two front-panel QSFP cages that support 100Gb/s (including 100GigE) optical transceivers. A comprehensive board management controller with host software support for advanced system monitoring greatly simplifies platform management. The board will offer support for the AlteraSDK for OpenCL.

Built on 20nm process technology, Arria 10 FPGAs boast higher densities, higher performance and a more power-efficient FPGA fabric than previous generations; they also integrate a richer feature set of embedded peripherals, high-speed transceivers up to 28Gb/s, hard memory controllers and protocol controllers. The FPGAs are also the industry's first to integrate hardened floating-point (IEEE 754-compliant) DSP blocks that deliver breakthrough floating-point performance of up to 1.5 TFLOPS.

"As our first Arria 10 platform, the A10PL4 matches the enhanced capabilities of this FPGA with an extensive feature set, packing 10, 40 and 100GbE support along with dual banks of high-performance external memory, PCIe Gen 3 and our rich board management control and I/O onto a low profile board. These features allow the A10PL4 to be a powerful network processing platform, and when combined with OpenCL support and the Arria 10's hard floating point, make this board a capable accelerator," said Jeff Milrod, President and CEO, BittWare.

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