FPGA-based PCIe board targets networking applications

9th March 2016
Jordan Mulcare

BittWare announced at the 2016 RSA Conference the release of its Xilinx UltraScale FPGA-based board, the XUSPL4. The low-profile PCIe board offers up to two bifurcated Gen3 x8 PCIe interfaces, along with two front panel QSFP28 cages each supporting 4 lanes of 25Gbps or a single lane of 100Gbps - including 100GbE.

Precision clocking and timing options, along with dual 72b banks of on-board DDR4 memory (up to 32GB total), round out the board's feature set. Combined, these features make the XUSPL4 suitable for a wide range of data centre and networking applications, including network processing and cybersecurity, acceleration, storage and broadcast.

The board also offers features and tools that ease development and integration. A comprehensive Board Management Controller (BMC) with host software support for advanced system monitoring greatly simplifies platform management. A complete software tool suite and FPGA development/project examples provide a range of options to meet customers' varying development needs.

"BittWare is pleased to add another Xilinx UltraScale FPGA-based board to our line of products" said Jeffry Milrod, President and CEO, BittWare. "Many of our customers have requested a low-profile PCIe board with high-bandwidth and performance. I'm confident that the XUSPL4 meets or exceeds those requirements, and will quickly prove to be a compelling option for network security applications."

"It's exciting to see BittWare, a recent addition to the Xilinx Alliance Program, already introducing their second Xilinx UltraScale FPGA-based board," said Chris Hallahan, Director, Xilinx Alliance Program. "BittWare's XUSPL4 board with up to 200G of bandwidth on an All Programmable, production-ready PCIe card platform will be well positioned for network security, SDN/NFV, cloud computing and 4G/5G applications."

BittWare's XUSPL4 is a low-profile PCIe card based on the Xilinx Virtex and Kintex UltraScale FPGAs.

  • High performance Xilinx Virtex UltraScale VU065,VU080,VU095 or Kintex UltraScale KU095
  • Up to two independent PCIe Gen3 x8 interfaces
    • One x8 interface in a standard slot; two x8 interfaces requires bifurcated slot
  • Two QSFP28 cages for 2x 100GbE, 8x 25GbE, 2x 40GbE, or 8x 10GbE
  • Up to 32 GBytes of on-board DDR4-2400 SDRAM (2 banks of 72b each) with optional error correcting codes (ECC) and bandwidths of up to 346 Gbps
  • Board Management Controller for Intelligent Platform Management
  • USB 2.0 for programming, debug, or control with optional integrated Platform Cable USB functionality
  • Precision timestamping and synchronisation support
    • Reference clock/synchronisation input and output
    • Tunable high-accuracy TCXO
    • Programmable clock synthesiser (Si5338)
  • Complete software support with BittWare's BittWorks II Toolkit
  • FPGA project/development examples for FPGA board support IP and integration

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