BittWare Releases Low-profile PCIe Board Based on Altera’s Arria V FPGA with Dual 40Gig or Octal 10Gig Ports

Low-cost FPGA networking board delivers low latency, high performance, time-stamping, and rich feature set.

June 30, 2014

PARIS, FRANCE – BittWare, a premier board supplier for over 25 years, announced today at  the TERATEC 2014 Forum the release of its newest board, the A5-PCIe-L (A5PL) low profile PCIe board based on Altera’s Arria® V GZ FPGA. The high-performance, power and cost-efficient Arria V GZ provides a high level of system integration and flexibility for I/O, routing, and processing that enables BittWare’s A5PL to be a solid platform for network processing, security, broadcast, and signals intelligence applications. Featuring dual QSFP+ cages that run up to 12.5 Gbps, the A5PL provides dual 40GigE or octal 10GigE ports using optical transceivers as well as passive copper cabling up to 8 meters. These ports are serviced by the advanced 28nm Arria V GZ FPGA, which is in turn supported by a Gen3 x8 PCIe interface and either 8 GB DDR3, 1 GB RLDRAM3, or 64 MB QDRII+. Sophisticated time-stamping and synchronization options are supported by dual SMA connectors for interfacing to 1PPS or 10MHz reference clocks, in addition to the tunable on-board high accuracy, temperature compensated oscillator (TCXO). A comprehensive Board Management Controller (BMC) with host software support for advanced system monitoring is also provided.

Learn more: A5-PCIe-L (A5PL).

“For over a decade, we’ve been completely focused on delivering solid, high quality, high performance, Altera-based FPGA platforms that are fully validated and ready to deploy,” stated Jeff Milrod, President & CEO of BittWare. “As a result, BittWare has earned a reputation as a premier high-end supplier. The Arria V GZ has now enabled us to utilize our extensive expertise to deliver a much more aggressive cost/capability product in the A5PL – without compromising features, versatility, or quality. We believe that the A5PL makes FPGA technology more accessible to a broader market, thus facilitating its rapid adoption in network and packet processing applications.”

A5PL Overview

BittWare’s A5-PCIe-L (A5PL) is a low-profile PCIe x8 card based on the Altera Arria V GZ FPGA. The high-performance, power and cost-efficient Arria V GZ provides a high level of system integration and flexibility for I/O, routing, and processing:

  • High performance Altera Arria V GZ FPGA
  • PCIe x8 interface supporting Gen1, Gen2, or Gen3
  • Dual QSFP+ cages for 2x 40GigE or 8x 10GigE
    • Support for a wide range of optical transceivers
    • Built in low-latency active drivers/receivers for passive copper cables up to 8 meters
  • Memory options (pick one):
    • DDR3: single 64-bit bank of up to 8 GBytes DDR3-1600 with ECC
    • RLDRAM3: two 18-bit banks of up to 512 MB each (1 GB total)
    • QDRII+: two 18-bit banks of up to 288 Mb each (576 Mb, or 64 MB total)
  • 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)
  • Broad range of IP offerings
    • MAC/PHY
    • TCP/IP Offload Engines (TOE)
    • PTP/IEEE-1588
    • PCIe RDMA

A5PL Price and Availability

BittWare’s A5PL board is available for ordering now, with shipments starting in September 2014. Volume pricing starts at $1,450 in 1000s for the A5PL with the Arria V GZ E1 with no external memory. Contact BittWare for addition configurations, 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