The BittWare A10PL4 FPGA card is built around the power efficient and high-density Altera Arria 10 GX. It is designed for Signals Intelligence, cyber security, network processing, broadcast, instrumentation, and many other compute and storage applications.
This board features embedded PCIe Gen3 x8, sophisticated clocking and timing options, dual front panel high speed QSFP transceiver cages, floating-point DSP, and more than 32 GB of memory.
Using the Arria 20 nm process technology, floating-point speeds of up to 1.5 TFLOPS are achieved by integrated variable-precision DSP (digital signal processing) and IEEE 754-compliant hardened floating point.
Gen3 PCIe x8 is supported via a hard IP block. Embedded peripherals, embedded high-speed transceivers, hard memory controllers, and protocol IP controllers can be programmed into the logic, which performs at 1.150 million logic elements equivalent.
BittWare’s OpenCL Developer’s Bundle and Altera’s OpenCL SDK support application development. A Board Management Controller (BMC) simplifies system management with advanced platform monitoring.
The A10PL4 is enabled for high-speed networking with two front panel QSFP cages, each supporting 40 GbE or four 10 GbE channels, and SPF+ compatibility.
With a full height panel, timestamping and precision timing module at 1 PPS and reference clock inputs and outputs is available.
A utility header provides a 1GbE interface, a PPS input, and a USB 2.0 interface with USB Blaster for debug and programming support.
Memory card options include up to 128 GBytes of DDR4 with optional ECC (error-correcting codes).
The board also features flash memory for FPGA images, and the board’s MAC ID is in PROM.
This boards‘s advanced system monitoring subsystem features a Board Management Controller (BMC), which accepts Intelligent Platform Management Interface (IPMI) messaging protocol commands.
The BMC features include 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 state of the board.
BittWare offers complete software support for this card with its BittWorks II software tools. The BittWorks II Toolkit serves as the main interface between the BittWare board and the host system. The Toolkit includes drivers, libraries, utilities, and example projects for accessing, integrating, and developing applications for the BittWare board.
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 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: