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Arria® 10 GX Low Profile PCIe Board with Dual QSFP and DDR4
  • NPP Network Packet Processing
  • HPC High Performance Computing
  • SP Signal Processing
  • NPP HPC  
  • C&D Compute & Data Center
  • M&A Military & Aerospace
  • GOV Government
  • I&T Instrumentation & Test
  • FIN Financial Services
  • B&V Broadcast & Video
  • C&D   GOV I&T FIN B&V
  • Altera Arria 10 GX FPGA
  • PCIe x8 interface supporting Gen1, Gen2, or Gen3
  • Dual QSFP cages for 2x 40GbE or 8x 10GbE
  • Memory: up to 32 GBytes of DDR4 SDRAM with ECC (x72)
  • Board Management Controller for Intelligent Platform Management
  • Precision clock and timing options
  • Utility I/O: USB 2.0

BittWare’s A10PL4 is a low-profile PCIe x8 card based on the Altera Arria 10 GX FPGA. The Arria 10 boasts high densities and a power-efficient FPGA fabric married with a rich feature set including high-speed transceivers , 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 . 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.

Altera Arria 10 GX FPGA

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.

I/O Interfaces

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 40GbE or four 10GbE 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. 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.

OpenCL™ Support

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.

Board Management Controller

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.

Development Tools

BittWorks II Toolkit

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.

FPGA Development Kit

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, 10GbE, LVDS, SerDes, and Double Data Rate I/O. All example projects are available on BittWare’s Developer Site.

BittWare Firmware and Network Solutions Partners

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:

  • 10GbE MAC
  • PCIe multi-channel DMA engines
  • DDR4 SDRAM and QDRII/II+ controllers

BittWare has also partnered with several companies to offer solutions for networking and financial acceleration:

  • Algo-Logic: Market feed handler and low latency gateway libraries, MAC, TOE
  • Argon Design: Design services specializing in multimedia and FPGA-based high performance trading
  • Atomic Rules: Custom IP development, example UDP, precision timestamping, PCIe, networking
  • Enyx: UOE, TOE, book building IP, order management IP, Market Feed Handler
  • Intilop: Ultra low latency TOE, UOE, and MAC
  • LDA Technologies: 25 GbE Networking enclosures for PCI Express compliant FPGA board platforms
  • LeWiz: Ultra low latency, multi-session TOE IP cores
  • PolyBus: Infiniband link layer and transport layer
  • Tamba Networks: Ultra low latency 10/40 GigE MAC + PCS, TOE

A10PL4 Specifications

Board Specifications


  • Altera® Arria® 10 GX FPGA
  • High-performance, multi-gigabit SerDes transceivers @ up to 17 Gbps
  • Up to 1150K logic elements available
  • Up to 53 Mb of embedded memory
  • 1.6 Gbps LVDS performance
  • Up to 3,300 18×19 variable-precision multipliers

On-Board Memory

  • Two banks DDR4 with ECC, up to 16 GBytes (x72) each
  • 64 MBytes of Flash memory for booting FPGA

PCIe Interface

  • x8 Gen1, Gen2, Gen3 direct to FPGA

USB Header

  • USB 2.0 interface for debug and programming FPGA and Flash
  • Built-in Altera USB-Blaster

Precision Timing Module(Optional)

  • 1 PPS input and output
  • Reference clock input and output
  • Adjustable TCXO

QSFP Cages

  • 2 QSFP28 (zQSFP) cages on front panel connected directly to FPGA via 8 SerDes (no external PHY)
  • Each supports 40GbE or 4 10GbE
  • Backward compatible with QSFP and can be optionally adapted for use as SFP+

Board Management Controller

  • Voltage, current, temperature monitoring
  • Power sequencing and reset
  • Field upgrades
  • FPGA configuration and control
  • Clock configuration
  • I2C bus access
  • USB 2.0 and JTAG access
  • Voltage overrides


  • Low profile (Half-height, half-length) PCIe slot card; x8 mechanical
  • 168mm x 68.9mm
  • Max. component height: 14.47mm

Development Tools

System Development

  • BittWorks II Toolkit – host, command, and debug tools for BittWare hardware; Matlab API; source code porting kit also available

FPGA HDL Development

  • FPGA DevKit
    • Physical interface components
    • Board, I/O, and timing constraints
    • Example Quartus projects
    • Software components and drivers
  • Altera Tools
    • Quartus II software

OpenCL Development

  • OpenCL Developer’s Bundle – BittWorks II Toolkit, Board Support Packages, Altera SDK for OpenCL, Altera Quartus II
Ordering Options

A10PL4 Ordering Options

RW Ruggedization

0U = Air cooled (0°C to 50°C)*

A A10 Printed Wiring Board

  • A = Optimized for 660 FPGA
  • B = Optimized for 1150 FPGA*
BBBB Arria 10 Type and Size

  • 115X = Arria 10 GX 1150*
  • 066X = Arria 10 GX 660
C Arria 10 Transceiver Speed

  • 3 = 14.2 Gbps for GX*
  • 4 = 12.5 Gbps for GX
D Arria 10 Temperature Range

  • E = 0C to 100C*
  • I = -40C to 100C
E Arria 10 Core Speed Grade

  • 1 = Faster
  • 2 = Nominal*
  • 3 = Slower
F Arria 10 Power Options

  • L = Low static power
  • S = Standard*
G DDR4 Bank A

  • 0 = None
  • 2 = 4 GB*
  • 3 = 8 GB
  • 4 = 16 GB †
H DDR4 Bank B

  • 0 = None
  • 2 = 4 GB*
  • 3 = 8 GB
  • 4 = 16 GB †
I Front Panel

  • H = Half-height *
  • F = Full-height
  • T = Full-height with Precision Timing Module
J Flash Configuration

  • 0 = Blank Flash
  • 1 = Standard (HDL tool flow)*
  • 2 = OpenCL
K Oscillator

0= Standard*

L Miscellaneous

1 = Default

M Assembly

6 = RoHS 6/6

* Default

† Contact BittWare for availability

Block Diagram

Software Support
BittWare Arria 10 Board Software Support


BittWare Feature Arria 10 Family
Program Flash
via PCIe
via USB

Configure FPGA From Flash
 via PCIe
via USB

Configure FPGA Directly via USB
Reset FPGA
via PCIe
via USB

Access FPGA Registers, Memory Spaces From User Applications
via PCIe
via USB

Virtual PCIe Hot-Swap
On-board JTAG Pod
Factory Backup Image with PCIe
Multiple User Images in Flash
Serial Number
via PCIe
via USB

MAC Addresses For Each Network Interface
via PCIe
via USB

BMC Voltage, Current, Temperature Sensors
via PCIe
via USB

BMC Clock Re-programming
via PCIe
via USB

BMC FPGA Core Voltage Override
via PCIe
via USB

Upgrade BMC Firmware
via PCIe
via USB

Quick-start Guide
User’s Manual
How-to Index
BMC User’s Guide

10G Ethernet
DDR4 Memory
BMC Host (without using BittWare drivers)

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