Achronix offers accelerator board for data centres

June 21, 2016 // By Peter Clarke
Achronix Semiconductor Corp. (Santa Clara, Calif.) is offering a high-bandwidth accelerator board for use in data centres based on its Speedster 22i HD1000 FPGA.

The 'Accelerator 6D' board comes in the PCIe form factor with six DDR3 ports and 192-Gbytes of memory. The 690 Gbps of total memory bandwidth makes the board  the highest FPGA-to-memory bandwidth PCIe card for data centre applications, the company claims.

 

The HD1000 FPGA is manufactured in Intel's 22nm FinFET process and offers 700,000 look-up table capabilities.

The board also has four QSFP+ connectors for 10G/40G Ethernet and supports PCIe Gen3 ×8 operation. The controllers for the DDR3, Ethernet and PCIe interfaces are implemented as embedded hard blocks inside the HD1000 FPGA. This is in contract to rival FPGAs that require the developers use programmable resources inside the FPGA to implement these functions and take responsibility for verifying correct functionality.

The memory ports combined with the 4 QSFP+ modules that support 4x 40G Ethernet are a suitable platform intelligent NIC cards for NFV network acceleration or network security.

The board is sold with a one-year license for access to Achronix's ACE design tools and multiple system-level reference designs for Ethernet, DDR3 and PCIe operation.

The Accelerator 6D card is available at a 1-unit price of $7,500 with a discount for volume purchases.

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