BittWare’s A10PL4 is a low-profile PCIe x8 card based on the Altera Arria 10 GT/GX FPGA. The Arria 10 boasts high densities and a power-efficient FPGA fabric married with a rich feature set including high-speed transceivers up to 28 Gbps, hard floating-point DSP blocks, and embedded Gen3 PCIe x8. The board offers over 32 GB of memory, sophisticated clocking and timing options, and two front panel QSFP cages, each supporting up to 100 Gbps (4×25) – including 100GigE. The A10PL4 also incorporates a Board Management Controller (BMC) for advanced system monitoring, which greatly simplifies platform management. All of these features combine to make the A10PL4 ideal for a wide range of applications, including network processing and security, compute and storage, instrumentation, broadcast, and SigInt.
Built on 20 nm process technology, the Arria 10 FPGAs feature industry-leading programmable logic that integrates a rich feature set of embedded peripherals, embedded high-speed transceivers, hard memory controllers, and protocol IP controllers. Variable-precision digital signal processing (DSP) blocks integrated with hardened floating point (IEEE 754-compliant) enable the Arria 10 to deliver floating-point performance of up to 1.5 TFLOPS. The FPGA supports Gen3 PCIe x8 via a hard IP block and provides up to 1150K equivalent LEs.
The A10PL4 provides a variety of interfaces for high-speed serial I/O as well as debug support. Two QSFP cages are available on the front panel, each supporting 40GigE, four 10GigE, or 100GigE channels. The QSFP SerDes channels are connected directly to the Arria 10 FPGA, thus removing the latency of external PHYs. The QSFP cages can optionally be adapted for SFP+.
The x8 PCIe interface provides 8 SerDes lanes to the Arria 10 FPGA. Another SerDes lane is available via a SATA connector to connect an external storage device or provide direct board-to-board communication. A USB 2.0 interface with built-in USB-Blaster is available for debug and programming support. The board also supports timestamping with an optional precision timing module, which features 1 PPS and reference clock inputs and outputs along with precision clock circuitry. The timing module option requires a full-height front panel.
The A10PL4 features up to 32 GBytes of DDR4 with optional error-correcting codes (ECC). Additional on-board memory includes flash memory with factory default and support for multiple FPGA images. An on-board PROM provides access to the board’s MAC ID.
The A10PL4 supports the Open Computing Language (OpenCL™) programming model, providing an incredibly powerful solution for system acceleration. Development tools for OpenCL include Altera’s SDK for OpenCL and BittWare’s OpenCL Developer’s Bundle.
Boards in BittWare’s A10 family feature an advanced system monitoring subsystem, similar to those typically found on today’s server platforms. At the heart of the board’s monitoring system lies a Board Management Controller (BMC), which accepts Intelligent Platform Management Interface (IPMI) messaging protocol commands. The BMC provides a wealth of features, including control of power and resets, monitoring of board sensors, FPGA boot loader, voltage overrides, configuration of programmable clocks, access to I2C bus components, field upgrades, and IPMI messaging. Access to the BMC is via PCIe or USB. BittWare’s BittWorks II Toolkit also provides utilities and libraries for communicating with the BMC components at a higher, more abstract level, allowing developers to remotely monitor the health of the board.
BwMonitor in the BittWorks II Toolkit provides a view into the board management capabilities of your BittWare hardware.
BittWare offers complete software support for the A10PL4 with its BittWorks II software tools. Designed to make developing and debugging applications for BittWare’s boards easy and efficient, the Toolkit is a collection of libraries and applications that provides the glue between the host application and the hardware. A variety of features allow developers to take full advantage of the Arria 10 FPGA capabilities on the BittWare board, including FPGA control via PCIe, Flash programming, custom ISR scripts, and convenient control of FPGA loads. The Toolkit supports 32-bit, and 64-bit Windows and Linux platforms and can connect to the board via PCIe or USB, providing a common API no matter the connection method.
BittWare’s FPGA DevKit provides FPGA board support IP and integration for BittWare’s Altera FPGA-based boards. The FDK includes FPGA components that provide preconfigured physical interfaces, infrastructure, and examples, drastically cutting development time and easily integrating into existing FPGA development environments.
Working example projects are available for each board which illustrate how to move data between the board’s different interfaces. Supported interfaces include DDR4, DDR3, DDR2, QDR2/+, PCIe, 10GigE, LVDS, SerDes, and Double Data Rate I/O. All example projects are available on BittWare’s Developer Site.
BittWare offers firmware for the Arria 10 FPGA on the A10 family PCIe boards, targeted specifically for networking applications. BittWare’s FPGA framework provides a solid base for your application, including the following:
BittWare has also partnered with several companies to offer solutions for networking and financial acceleration:
0U = Air cooled (0°C to 50°C)*
|A||A10 Printed Wiring Board
|BBBB||Arria 10 Type and Size
|C||Arria 10 Transceiver Speed
|D||Arria 10 Temperature Range
|E||Arria 10 Core Speed Grade
|F||Arria 10 Power Options
|G||DDR4 Bank A
|H||DDR4 Bank B
1 = Default
6 = RoHS 6/6
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