BittWare Announces Xilinx UltraScale FPGA-Based PCIe Board

¾-Length PCIe board supports 4x 100 GbE and 16x 25 GbE.

November 17, 2015

CONCORD, NH & AUSTIN, TX – BittWare, an industry-leading board supplier for over 25 years, announced today at the SC15 conference its new collaboration with Xilinx marked by the availability of its first Xilinx-based board. Called the XUSP3S, the board is a 3/4-length PCIe card based on the Xilinx Virtex® or Kintex® UltraScale™ FPGA. The board offers four front panel QSFP28 cages, each supporting up to 100 Gbps (4×25) – including 100GbE. Flexible memory configurations include up to 64 GBytes of memory across four 72-bit wide banks as well as support for Hybrid Memory Cube. The XUSP3S also incorporates a Board Management Controller (BMC) for advanced system monitoring, which greatly simplifies platform integration and management. Sophisticated clocking and timing options and up to four Gen3 x8 PCIe interfaces round out the board’s feature set. All of these features combine to make the XUSP3S ideal for a wide range of data center and networking applications, including network processing and security, acceleration, storage, broadcast, and SigInt. The XUSP3S is the first board in BittWare’s family of boards featuring Xilinx UltraScale devices with follow-on boards to include a low-profile PCIe card.

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“BittWare has been exclusively focused on high-end FPGA boards for over a decade, and until now we hadn’t had a single Xilinx-based offering. Xilinx UltraScale FPGAs were so compelling that we recognized that we had to change that,” said Jeffry Milrod, President and CEO of BittWare. “We have been amazed by the ease of bring-up, the stability, and the performance of these FPGAs. The transceivers are rock solid at 25Gbps, external memory interfaces easily achieved max speeds, power is as promised, and we are in full production. With surprising adoption in pre-production, the XUSP3S has already been a huge success and is a wonderful way to kick off our new Xilinx-based product line.”

“Xilinx is excited to have BittWare join our Alliance Program and deliver their first UltraScale-based board as we continue to see enormous demand across the industry for Xilinx UltraScale technology,” said Chris Hallahan, director of the Xilinx Alliance Program. “BittWare’s 400G of bandwidth and broad range of UltraScale device support, from the VU080 all the way up to the industry leading VU190, is very compelling for data center customers as well as many other high performance applications.”

XUSP3S Overview

BittWare’s XUSP3S is a 3/4-length PCIe card based on the Xilinx Virtex and Kintex UltraScale FPGAs.

  • High performance Xilinx Virtex UltraScale 80/95/125/160/190 or Kintex UltraScale 115
  • Up to four independent PCIe Gen3 x8 interfaces
    • One x8 interface in a standard slot; two x8 interfaces requires bifurcated slot
    • Two additional interfaces via expansion port (requires a second slot)
  • Four QSFP28 cages for 4x 100GbE, 16x 25GbE, 4x 40GbE, or 16x 10GbE
    • Support for a wide range of optical transceivers and other high speed serial protocols
    • All four QSFPs can be combined for 400GbE
  • Memory:
    • Up to 32 GBytes of on-board DDR4-2400 SDRAM with optional error correcting codes (ECC)
    • Two SODIMM sites providing an additional 32GB DDR4 SDRAM; QDR-IV; or QDR-II+
    • Support for Hybrid Memory Cube via serial expansion interface
  • Board Management Controller for Intelligent Platform Management
  • USB 2.0 for programming, debug, or control with optional integrated Platform Cable USB functionality
  • 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

XUSP3S Price and Availability

BittWare’s XUSP3S board is in production and shipping now. 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 based on the latest FPGA technology 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 financial services, data centers, cyber-security, instrumentation and military/aerospace markets.