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Altera Stratix® V GX/GS PCIe Board with VITA 57 FMC Site
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Configuration via Protocol (CvP) Supported

  • High density Altera Stratix V GX/GS
  • PCIe x8 interface supporting Gen1, Gen2, or Gen3
  • Four SATA connectors, up to 6 Gbps each
  • Timestamping support
  • Board Management Controller for Intelligent Platform Management
  • Utility I/O includes: USB 2.0, RS-232, and JTAG
  • VITA 57 FMC site for I/O with full High Pin Count support
  • Memory options:
    • up to 16 GBytes of DDR3 SDRAM with ECC
    • up to 1 GByte RLDRAM3
    • up to 72 MBytes QDRII+

BittWare’s S5-PCIe-F (S5PE-F) is a PCIe x8 card based on the high-bandwidth, power-efficient Altera Stratix V GX/GS FPGA. Designed for high-end applications, the Stratix V provides a high level of system integration and flexibility for I/O, routing, and processing. The S5PE-F is a flexible and efficient solution for high-performance network and signal processing, signal processing, and data acquisition. The board provides up to 16 GB of DDR3 SDRAM with optional error-correcting codes (ECC) as well as options for up to 1 GByte RLDRAM3 and up to 72 MBytes QDRII+. Providing additional flexibility is an optional VITA 57 FMC site for enhancing the board’s I/O and processing capabilities, making it ideal for analog I/O and processing. The S5PE-F also features a Board Management Controller (BMC) for advanced system monitoring, which greatly simplifies platform management.

Altera Stratix V GX/GS FPGA

The Altera Stratix V FPGA is optimized for high-performance, high-bandwidth applications with integrated transceivers (up to 14.1 Gbps) supporting backplanes and optical modules. It supports 1.6 Tbps of serial switching capability and up to 3,926 18 x 18 variable precision multipliers. The Stratix V also provides PCI Express x8 via a hard IP block and supports configuration by PCI Express using the existing PCI Express link in your application. For additional flexibility, the Stratix V supports transceiver and core reconfiguration on-the-fly while other portions of the design are running. The FPGA is supported by BittWare’s FPGA Development Kit, which provides board support IP and integration.

I/O Interfaces

The S5PE-F provides a variety of interfaces for high-speed serial I/O as well as debug support. Four SerDes lanes are available via four SATA connectors to connect external storage devices with the FPGA or provide direct board-to-board communication. The x8 PCIe interface provides 8 SerDes lanes to the Stratix V FPGA. USB 2.0, RS-232, and JTAG interfaces are available for debug and programming support. The board also supports timestamping with provision for a 1 PPS and reference clock input as well as RS-232 for connection to GPS or other time sources.

Memory and SODIMM Options

The S5PE-F features an extremely flexible memory configuration, with two SODIMM sites that support DDR3 SDRAM, RLDRAM3, and QDRII+. Memory card options include the following: up to 8 GBytes of DDR3 with optional error-correcting codes (ECC); up to 36 MBytes QDRII+ (2 banks x18); or up to 512 MBytes RLDRAM3 (2 banks x18). RLDRAM3 is a high-performance memory targeted for systems requiring high bandwidth and low latency. The board also provides Flash memory for storing multiple FPGA images.

Board Management Controller

BittWare’s S5 boards 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, USB, or serial port. 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 S5PE-F 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 Stratix V 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, Ethernet, or USB, providing a common API no matter the connection method.

FPGA Development Kit

BittWare’s FPGA Development Kit (FDK) provides FPGA board support IP and integration for BittWare’s Altera FPGA-based COTS 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 DDR3, DDR2, QDR2/+, PCIe, 10GigE, LVDS, SerDes, and Double Data Rate I/O. All example projects are available on BittWare’s Developer Site.

VITA 57 FMC and Expansion Sites for Processing and I/O

The S5PE-F features an FMC (FPGA Mezzanine Card) site, which provides high-performance SerDes and LVDS, along with clocks, I2C, and JTAG connected to the Stratix V. The site is based on the VITA 57 mezzanine standard for FPGA I/O, enabling designers to customize the S5PE-F to their individual needs with optional FMC I/O boards. A variety of I/O or processor FMCs are available integrated with the S5PE-F.

An additional expansion site provides 10 SerDes and general-purpose I/O to the Stratix V. The site can be used for board-to-board communication, general-purpose I/O, or additional optical links.

BittWare Firmware and Financial Solutions Partners

BittWare offers firmware for the Stratix V FPGA on the S5 family PCIe boards, targeted specifically for high frequency trading applications. BittWare’s FPGA Development Kit provides a solid base for your financial application, including the following:

  • 10GigE MAC
  • PCIe multi-channel DMA engines
  • DDR3 SDRAM and QDRII/II+ controllers

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

  • Algo-Logic: Market feed handler and low latency gateway libraries
  • 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
  • InDeLabs: Market Data Feed Handler and custom services
  • Intilop: Ultra low latency TOE, UOE, and MAC
  • LeWiz: Ultra low latency, multi-session TOE IP cores
  • PolyBus: Infiniband link layer and transport layer
  • Tamba Networks: Ultra low latency Ethernet and Interlaken cores

S5PE-F Specifications

Board Specifications


  • Altera® Stratix® V GX/GS FPGA
  • 32 full-duplex, high-performance, multi-gigabit SerDes transceivers @ up to 14.1 Gbps
  • Up to 952,000 logic elements (LEs) available
  • Up to 62 Mb of embedded memory
  • 1.4 Gbps LVDS performance
  • Up to 3,926 18×18 variable-precision multipliers
  • Embedded HardCopy Blocks


  • 2 SODIMM sites supporting DDR3, RLDRAM3, or QDRII+
  • Up to 256 MBytes of Flash memory for booting PGA

PCIe Interface

  • x8 Gen1, Gen2, Gen3 direct to FPGA

I/O and Debug Connectors

  • Serial ATA: 4 connectors direct to FPGA, 6 Gbps
  • Timestamp header: 1 PPS input, reference clock input, and RS-232
  • USB 2.0: for debug and programming FPGA and Flash
  • Debug Utility header: RS-232 and JTAG to Stratix V

Expansion Site

  • 10x high-performance SerDes
  • General-purpose I/O

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


  • Full-length, standard-height PCIe slot card
  • x16 mechanical, x8 electrical
  • 312mm x 111.15mm
  • Max. component height: 14.47mm (single slot), 34.79mm (dual slot)

Development Tools

System Development

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

FPGA Development Kit

  • Physical interface components
  • Board, I/O, and timing constraints
  • Example Quartus projects
  • Software components and drivers

FPGA Development

  • Altera Quartus® II software

Accessory Boards

  • BittWare BWBO breakout board for JTAG and RS-232 access

* Combining two different SODIMM types on the S5PE-F places a restriction on using the full High Pin Count of the FMC site. If both SODIMM sites are populated with the same type of SODIMM, there is no restriction.

Block Diagram

RW Ruggedization
0U = Commercial (0C to 50C)*
AAAAA Stratix V Family, HardIP, and Size
GXEA3 = Stratix V GXEA3†
GXEA4 = Stratix V GXEA4†
GXEA5 = Stratix V GXEA5†
GXEA7 = Stratix V GXEA7†
GXEA9 = Stratix V GXEA9†
GXEAB = Stratix V GXEAB*
GSMD4 = Stratix V GSMD4†
GSMD5 = Stratix V GSMD5†
GSED6 = Stratix V GSED6†
GSED8 = Stratix V GSED8*
B Stratix V GXB Speed
1 = 14.1 Gbps
2 = 12.5 Gbps*‡
3 = 8.5 Gbps
CC Stratix V Temp/Speed
C1= Commercial Temperature Range, Speed Grade 1
C2= Commercial Temperature Range, Speed Grade 2*
C3= Commercial Temperature Range, Speed Grade 3
00 = None
D1 = DDR3 2GB x72
D2 = DDR3 4GB x72
D3 = DDR3 8GB x72*
Q1 = QDRII+ 18MB 2×18
Q2 = QDRII+ 36MB 2×18
R1 = RLDRAM3 128MB 2×18 †
R2 = RLDRAM3 256MB 2×18 †
R3 = RLDRAM3 512MB 2×18 †
00 = None
D1 = DDR3 2GB x72
D2 = DDR3 4GB x72
D3 = DDR3 8GB x72*
Q1 = QDRII+ 18MB 2×18
Q2 = QDRII+ 36MB 2×18
R1 = RLDRAM3 128MB 2×18 †
R2 = RLDRAM3 256MB 2×18 †
R3 = RLDRAM3 512MB 2×18 †
F Front Expansion Site
1 = FMC
G Rear Expansion Site
0 = Not installed
1 = Installed
H Oscillator
S = Standard
I Heatsink
B = FPGA Fansink*
E = FPGA Heatsink
J Mechanical Options
1 = 1 slot standard
2 = 2 slot standard
K Misc. Configuration
0 = Standard
L Envelope Assembly
6 = RoHS 6/6*

* Default
† Contact BittWare for availability.
‡ On GXEAB devices, the Stratix V GXB speed is 11.2 Gbps.

Software Support
BittWare Stratix V Board Software Support
BittWare Feature Stratix V 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
DDR3 Memory
BMC Host (without using BittWare drivers)

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