BittWare Announces Altera Stratix V GX/GS PCI Express Board with Full FMC Site Support and Flexible SODIMM Sites for Memory Expansion

Ultra high-performance Stratix V FPGA is combined with an extremely flexible memory configuration and a full High Pin Count VITA 57 FMC site for high performance signal processing and data acquisition applications.

October 31, 2013

CONCORD, NH – BittWare, the leader in Altera-based COTS FPGA boards, announced today the S5-PCIe-F (S5PE-F), the most recent addition to their Altera Stratix V family of boards.  The S5PE-F is based on the high-bandwidth, power-efficient Altera Stratix V GX/GS FPGA and is BittWare’s most versatile Stratix V board to-date.  FMC site support based on the VITA 57 mezzanine standard for FPGA I/O provides high-performance SerDes and LVDS, along with clocks, I2C, and JTAG all connected directly to the Stratix V enabling designers to customize the S5PE-F to their individual needs with a variety of I/O or processor FMCs.  A new memory structure provides extreme flexibility with two SODIMM sites that support up to 16 GB DDR3 SDRAM with optional error-correcting codes (ECC) as well as options for up to 1 GByte RLDRAM3 and up to 72 MBytes QDRII+.

“BittWare’s end goal is to give our customers access to the technology they need the way they need it.  The S5PE-F does just that by providing an Altera Stratix V FPGA – arguably the most powerful FPGA on the market today – on a PCI Express board supporting Gen1, Gen2 and Gen3,” stated Jeff Milrod, President and CEO at BittWare. “Between the VITA 57 FMC site with full High Pin Count support and the two SODIMM sites, our COTS board can be fully customized to any application.  Additional processing, data conversion, and excessive amounts of memory – whatever your application needs, this board is an ideal solution.”

The myriad options for FMC I/O and memory SODIMMs combined with BittWare’s FPGA IP Libraries enhances productivity and portability and allows even greater processing efficiency. The S5PE-F is a flexible and efficient solution for high-performance signal processing and data acquisition in instrumentation, communications, medical and non-rugged military applications.

S5PE-F Overview

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

S5PE-F Availability

The S5PE-F is available and shipping today.

About BittWare, Inc.

For 25 years, BittWare has designed and deployed high-end board-level solutions that significantly reduce technology risk and time-to revenue for our OEM customers.  Our solutions are exclusively based on the latest FPGA technology from Altera and industry-standard COTS form factors including PCIe, VPX / OpenVPX, AMC, XMC and FMC (VITA 57).  When power and space-constrained challenges make it difficult to use industry-standard boards, BittWare can provide modified solutions, and/or licensed designs for applications in the military/aerospace, financial, communications/networking and high performance computing markets.  For more information on BittWare and its innovative FPGA COTS solutions, visit