BittWare Announces Board Family Based on Altera’s Arria 10 FPGAs and SoCs

New FPGAs integrate hardened floating-point DSP operators, 28 Gbps transceivers, and dual-core ARM SoCs.

May 30, 2014

CONCORD, NH – BittWare, a premier board supplier for over 25 years, announces its latest board family: the A10 family based on Altera’s Arria® 10 FPGAs and SoCs. BittWare’s A10 board family leverages Arria 10 FPGAs’s exciting capabilities to build solid platforms in a variety of formats that support a wide range of challenging applications such as network processing & security, compute & storage, instrumentation, test & measurement, broadcast, medical imaging, wireless infrastructure, and signals intelligence. The A10 board family features flexible memory configurations, sophisticated clocking and timing options, QSFP28 cages that support 100Gbps (including 100GigE) optical transceivers, FPGA Mezzanine Card (FMC), and support for the network-enabled Altera® SDK for OpenCL.

Explore the entire Arria 10 board family.

Built on 20nm process technology, Arria 10 FPGAs and SoCs 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. In addition, Arria 10 FPGAs and SoCs are 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. Arria 10 SoCs are also the industry’s only 20nm FPGA to integrate a dual-core ARM® Cortex-A9 MPCore hard processor system (HPS).

“We are proud to once again lead the board market in adopting Altera’s latest FPGAs, this time the Arria 10 FPGAs and SoCs,” stated Jeff Milrod, President & CEO of BittWare. “For over a decade BittWare has exclusively focused on using Altera’s FPGAs to architect and build boards that are the most solid and versatile application platforms possible. This depth of experience uniquely qualifies BittWare to quickly leverage the Arria 10 FPGA’s additions of hardened floating-point DSP blocks, 28 Gbps transceivers, and dual-core ARM HPS, and will enable our A10 board family to be the most powerful, integrated, and usable FPGA boards to date.”

“BittWare’s FPGA-based COTS boards provide superior development productivity and unmatched system size, weight and power,” said David Gamba, senior director of Altera’s military, compute and storage business unit. “Their latest Arria10-based board family gives customers access to the unparalleled performance, power efficiencies and capabilities of our latest family of 20 nm FPGAs and SoCs in tested, deployable hardware.”

A10 Family Overview

BittWare’s A10 family consists of 11 board variants, all supported by BittWare’s Board Management Controller (BMC), built-in USB Blaster, comprehensive BittWorks II software suite, and our FPGA Development Kit (FDK):

  • Low Profile (half-length) PCIe boards with dual QSFP28 cages (allows two 40GigE, eight 10GigE direct to the FPGA for reduced latency), and DDR3:
    • A10PL3-GX
    • A10PL3-GT – also supports dual 100GigE
  • Half-length (full height) PCIe boards with dual QSFP28 cages, DDR3, QDRII+, and dual SoDIMMs supporting additional DDR3, RLDRAM3 and QDRII+:
    • A10PHS-GX
    • A10PHS-GT – also supports dual 100GigE
    • A10PHS-SX – SoC
  • Advanced Mezzanine Card (AMC) with DDR3 and FPGA Mezzanine Card (FMC) site:
    • A10AM3-GX
    • A10AM3-SX – SoC
  • 3U VPX board with DDR3, rear panel I/O, and FPGA Mezzanine Card (FMC) site:
    • A10V33-GX
    • A10V33-SX – SoC
  • 6U VPX board with dual Arria 10, a third Arria SoC, DDR3, HMC, rear panel I/O, and dual FMC sites:
    • A10V63-GX
    • A10V63-SX – Triple SoC

Arria 10 FPGAs and SoCs are comprised of three versions:

  • Arria 10 GX: transceivers with data rates up to 17.4, and up to 1150K equivalent LEs;
  • Arria 10 GT: transceivers with data rates up to 28.05 Gbps, and up to 1150K equivalent LEs;
  • Arria 10 SX: SoCs enabled with a dual-core ARM Cortex-A9 HPS, transceivers with data rates up to 17.4 Gbps, and up to 660K equivalent LEs.

Pricing and Availability

BittWare’s Arria 10-based boards will begin shipping in Q1 2015.  Contact BittWare for pricing and details.

About BittWare, Inc.

For 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 www.bittware.com.