PCIe acceleration board is for data centres

Claimed to be the industry’s highest single-FPGA memory bandwidth, PCIe add-in card for high-speed data centre acceleration applications, the Accelerator-6D accelerator board integrates a Speedster 22i HD1000 FPGA.

The FPGA has 700,000 look-up tables and connects to six independent memory controllers allowing for up to 192Gbyte of memory and 690Gbit/s of total memory bandwidth. Each independent port can be configured with up to 32 GB of DDR3 memory. The memory ports combined with the 4 QSFP+ modules that support 4x 40G Ethernet is the perfect platform for data centre architects to develop intelligent NIC cards for NFV network acceleration or network security.

Each DRAM controller on the FPGA runs at 1,600MT/s and connects to two SODIMMs allowing for single, dual- and quad-rank SODIMM and SORDIMM DDR3 operation. The board, from Achronix Semiconductor, has four QSFP+ connectors for 10G/40G Ethernet connectivity and supports PCIe Gen3 ×8 operation. The controllers for the DDR3, Ethernet and PCIe interfaces are implemented as embedded hard blocks inside the FPGA, which means there is no need to use valuable programmable resources inside the FPGA to implement these functions. The embedded hard controllers guarantee timing on these complex high-performance interfaces, enabling designers to focus their valuable time on developing data centre acceleration applications, says the company.

The board comes with a power supply, one-year licence for ACE design tools and multiple system-level reference designs for Ethernet, DDR3 and PCIe operation.



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