High-end FPGA SOM based on Arria 10 FPGA GX

5th October 2020
Alex Lynn

iWave Systems has announced a new System on module based on the powerful Intel Arria 10 FPGA GX devices. The Arria 10 FPGA SOM is power-packed with up to 1150K Logic Elements, duel DDR4 RAM with 64 bit and 32-bit storage capabilities. High speed I/Os and interfaces enable the module to fulfil complex data integrity requirements while ensuring faster throughput, reduced latency, and low power execution, accelerating the development of FPGA-based applications in industrial, aerospace, and medical domains. 

The SOM is designed to help developers and OEMs with a powerful and well-integrated FPGA platform that help reduce design cycles and accelerate innovations in applications such as ‘Test and measurement equipment, Control and intelligence equipment, Diagnostic medical imaging equipment, Wireless infrastructure equipment, RADAR, Automation and Military applications’.

At the heart of the Arria 10 FPGA module from iWave is the Intel Arria 10 GX FPGA, which features 20 nm technology on an F34 package. The module supports seven GX models - GX270, GX320, GX480, GX570, GX660, GX900, and GX1150 which provide varying levels of FPGA logic elements (LEs) ranging from 270K to 1150K, offering a range of options for customers to select the best fit FPGA that serves their applications.

With 500MHz logic core performance, the GX models support 24 transceiver lanes and run on up to 40 per cent lower power, which guarantees data integrity and high performance in power and resource-constrained applications. Up to 189 user I/Os and 24 multi-gigabit transceivers each offering a data transfer rate of up to 17.4Gbit/sec is available on two 240 pin high-speed board to board connectors.

The module can support interfaces like PCIe Gen3 x8, SATA Gigabit Ethernet, USB3.0, etc providing a range of flexible options that help customers towards various use cases. The module’s up to 4 GByte large DDR4 SDRAM facilitates faster throughput and an ultra-low latency data path for real-time executions.

For quick prototyping and time to market, iWave supports a development platform, which includes a powerful configuration of the Arria 10 FPGA SOM with a custom form factor carrier board. Arria10 FPGA Development board supports a wide range of high-speed interfaces like Dual FMC (HPC) Connectors, M.2 SATA, 10G SFP+, 3G/12G SDI In & Out, USB 3.0 TypeC connector and, one PCIe connector to validate Arria10 FPGA high-speed transceivers and other on-board connectors to validate the Arria10 FPGA I/Os.

The LPC/HPC FMC connectors provide expansion options on the carrier board, which is compatible with a wide range of plug-in cards such as ADCs, DACs, motor control cards, RF links, etc.

iWave provides full product design engineering and manufacturing services around the Arria 10 FPGA SOMs to help customers quickly develop innovative products and solutions. iWave also offers a comprehensive ecosystem for the Arria 10 FPGA SOM, offering all of the hardware, software, and support materials making it easy to jump-start application development using the Arria 10 GX FPGA.

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