PCIe board is based on Altera's Arria 10 FPGA & SoC

21st September 2015
Siobhan O'Gorman

At the 2015 HPC for Wall Street - Cloud & Big Data Conference, BittWare announced the availability of the second board of its extensive family of products based on Altera's Arria 10 FPGAs and SoCs, a ¾-length PCIe board called the A10P3S.

Integrating the Arria 10 FPGA and SoC with a wide variety of features, the A10P3S board supports a range of applications such as network processing and high performance computing for applications in financial services, data centres, and cyber security/signal intelligence. The board offers flexible memory configurations supporting over 48GB of memory, sophisticated clocking and timing options, and four 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 also supports Altera's SDK for OpenCL.

Built on 20nm process technology, Arria 10 FPGAs and SoCs 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. Arria 10 FPGAs are the first FPGA to integrate hardened floating-point DSP blocks, delivering breakthrough floating-point performance of up to 1.5 TFLOPS. Arria 10 SoCs are also the industry's only 20nm FPGA to integrate a dual-core ARM Cortex-A9 MPCore hard processor system.

"The A10P3S adds a new dimension to the FPGA COTS board market," said Jeff Milrod, President & CEO, BittWare. "It is the first high-performance offering that fully supports SoC, combining leading edge FPGA technology with an embedded dual-core ARM Hard Processor System. As an FPGA board, it delivers unparalleled performance and power-efficiency with a unique SODIMM-based memory configuration, high-speed I/O capability, and OpenCL support; as an SoC board, it opens up a brave new world of options for complete, stand-alone distributed processing with little to no host traffic or intervention, ideal for security, network, and financial applications."

"Arria 10 FPGAs and SoCs are our highest performance, most robust FPGAs and SoCs shipping today," commented Mike Strickland, Director, Data Centre Architect, Altera. "BittWare's latest Arria 10 FPGA and SoC-based boards are ideally suited to meet the most demanding network processing and high-performance computing demands."

BittWare's A10P3S board is available for ordering now, with shipments starting in Q4 2015.

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