BittWare Announces Availability of PCIe Board Based on Altera’s Arria 10 FPGA

Low profile PCIe board integrates 20nm FPGA technology for 100/40/10 GigE connectivity.

April 6, 2015

NEW YORK, NY – BittWare, a premier board supplier for over 25 years, announced today at  the 2015 HPC for Wall Street – Cloud Technology Show & Conference the availability of its first board based on Altera’s Arria® 10 GT/GX FPGA – a low-profile PCIe board called the A10PL4. Integrating the 20nm process technology of the Arria 10 with a wide variety of features, the A10PL4 board supports a range of challenging applications such as network processing and security, compute and storage, instrumentation, broadcast, and signals intelligence. The board offers flexible memory configurations supporting over 32 GB of memory, sophisticated clocking and timing options, and two front-panel QSFP cages that support 100 Gbps (including 100GigE) optical transceivers. A comprehensive Board Management Controller (BMC) with host software support for advanced system monitoring greatly simplifies platform management. The board will offer support for the Altera®SDK for OpenCL.

Built on 20nm process technology, Arria 10 FPGAs boast higher densities, higher performance, and a more power-efficient FPGA fabric than previous generations; they also integrate a richer feature set of embedded peripherals, high-speed transceivers up to 28Gbps, hard memory controllers, and protocol controllers. Arria 10 FPGAs are also the industry’s first FPGA to integrate hardened floating-point (IEEE 754-compliant) DSP blocks that deliver breakthrough floating-point performance of up to 1.5 TFLOPS.

“BittWare is proud to consistently lead the board market in adopting Altera’s latest FPGA technology,” stated Jeff Milrod, President & CEO of BittWare. “As our first Arria 10 platform, the A10PL4 matches the enhanced capabilities of this new FPGA with an extensive feature set, packing 10, 40, and 100 GbE support along with dual banks of high-performance external memory, PCIe Gen 3, and our rich board management control and I/O – all onto a low profile board. These features allow the A10PL4 to be a powerful Network Processing platform, and when combined with OpenCL support and the Arria 10’s hard floating point, make this board an extremely capable accelerator.”

A10PL4 Overview

BittWare’s A10PL4 is a low-profile PCIe x8 card based on the Altera Arria 10 GT/GX FPGA.

  • High performance Altera Arria 10 GT/GX FPGA
  • PCIe x8 interface supporting Gen1, Gen2, or Gen3
  • Dual QSFP+ cages for 2x 100GigE, 2x 40GigE, or 8x 10GigE
    • Support for a wide range of optical transceivers
    • Connected directly to the Arria 10 FPGA for lowest possible latency
  • Memory: up to 32 GBytes of DDR4 with optional error correcting codes (ECC)
  • Board Management Controller for Intelligent Platform Management
  • USB 2.0 for programming, debug, or control
  • Timestamping and synchronization support
    • Dual SMA for reference clock/synchronization inputs
    • Tunable high-accuracy TCXO
    • Programmable clock synthesizer (Si5338)
  • Complete software support with BittWare’s BittWorks II Toolkit
  • FPGA development kit for FPGA board support IP and integration
  • Broad range of IP offerings
    • MAC/PHY
    • TCP/IP Offload Engines (TOE), UDP Offload Engines
    • PTP/IEEE-1588
    • PCIe DMA

A10PL4 Price and Availability

BittWare’s A10PL4 board is available for ordering now, with shipments starting in Q2 2015. Contact BittWare for configurations, pricing, and details.

About BittWare, Inc.

For over 25 years, BittWare has designed and deployed high-end signal processing, network processing, and high performance computing board-level solutions that significantly reduce technology risk and time-to revenue for our OEM customers.  Our products 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 customer requirements make it difficult to use industry-standard boards, BittWare can provide modified solutions, and/or licensed designs for applications in the financial, communications, instrumentation and military/aerospace markets.  For more information on BittWare and its innovative FPGA COTS solutions, visit