Data-centric world with new 10nm Intel Agilex FPGA family

2nd April 2019
Lanna Deamer


Intel announced a brand-new product family, the Intel Agilex FPGA. This new family of Field Programmable Gate Arrays (FPGA) will provide customised solutions to address the unique data-centric business challenges across embedded, network and data centre markets.

“The race to solve data-centric problems requires agile and flexible solutions which can move, store and process data efficiently. Intel Agilex FPGAs deliver customised connectivity and acceleration while delivering much needed improvements in performance and power1,2 for diverse workloads,” said Dan McNamara, Intel Senior Vice President, Programmable Solutions Group.

Why it’s important
Customers need solutions that can aggregate and process increasing amounts of data traffic to enable transformative applications in the emerging, data driven industries like edge computing, networking and cloud.

Whether it’s through edge analytics for low latency processing, virtualised network functions to improve performance, or data centre acceleration for greater efficiency, Intel Agilex FPGAs are built to deliver customised solutions for applications from the edge to the cloud.

Advances in Artificial Intelligence (AI) analytics at the edge, network and the cloud are compelling hardware systems to cope with evolving standards, support varying AI workloads, and integrate multiple functions. Intel Agilex FPGAs provide the flexibility and agility required to meet these challenges and deliver gains in performance and power1,2.

How this is unique
The Intel Agilex family combines FPGA fabric built on Intel’s 10nm process with innovative heterogeneous 3D SiP technology. This provides the capability to integrate analog, memory, custom computing, custom I/O, and Intel eASIC device tiles into a single package with the FPGA fabric.

Intel delivers a custom logic continuum with reusable IPs through a migration path from FPGA to structured ASIC. One API provides a software-friendly heterogeneous programming environment, enabling software developers to easily access the benefits of FPGA for acceleration. 

The Intel Agilex FPGA provides new capabilities to help accelerate the solutions of tomorrow.

These innovations include:

  1. Compute Express Link:  Industry’s first FPGA to support Compute Express Link, a cache and memory coherent interconnect to future Intel Xeon Scalable processors.
  2. 2nd Generation HyperFlex Architecture: Up to 40% higher performance, or up to 40% lower total power2 compared with Intel Stratix 10 FPGAs.1
  3. DSP Innovation: Only FPGA supporting hardened BFLOAT16 and up to 40 teraflops of digital signal processor (DSP) performance (FP16).3
  4. Peripheral component interconnect express (PCIe) Gen 5: Higher bandwidth compared with PCIe Gen 4.
  5. Transceiver Data Rates: Support up to 112Gbps data rates.
  6. Advanced memory support: DDR5, HBM, Intel Optane DC persistent memory support.

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