BittWare S5PE-F, Stratix V GX/GS, VITA 57 FMC – Sky Blue Microsystems GmbH

BittWare S5PE-F | Altera Stratix V GX/GS FPGA | 16GB | VITA 57 FMC | PCIe x8 Gen3

BittWare’s S5-PCIe-F (S5PE-F) is a PCIe x8 card based on the high-bandwidth, power-efficient Intel 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.

The Intel 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.

Intel Stratix V GX/GS PCIe Board with VITA 57 FMC Site

High-Speed Networking and I/O

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.


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.

FMC I/O Options

Board Management Controller

This board’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.

BittWorks II Toolkit

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.

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 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:

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

BittWare S5PCIe-F accelerator diagram showing hardware elements e.g. VITA 57 FMC site for I/O with full High Pin Count support, 4x 6 Gbps SATA connectors, and USB 2.0, RS-232, JTAG utility I/O.
Hardware accelerator diagram: BittWare S5PCIe-F with VITA 57 FMC site for I/O with full High Pin Count support.

Product Data

BittWare S5PCIe-F is a PCIe slot card with Intel Stratix V GX/GS FPGA, equipped with 32 full-duplex / high-performance /multi-gigabit SerDes transceivers at up to 14.1 Gbps.
S5PCIe-F is a full-length / standard-height PCIe slot card with Intel Stratix V GX/GS FPGA.
BittWorks II Toolkit include BwMonitor app provides a view into the board management capabilities like live board power and temperature display of BittWare hardware.
BwMonitor is a part of the BittWorks II Toolkit: provides live board power and temperature display of BittWare hardware.