BittWare Delivers the Industry’s Most Capable FPGA COTS PCIe Board for HPC, Military/Government and Network Processing Applications

Concord, NH - 20 May 2013

PCIe Card combines two Stratix V FPGAs with configurable DDR3, QDRII+, & RLDRAM3 memory options as well as 4 x 40GigE, 16 x10GigE, or 4x QDR/FDR InfiniBand interfaces and 8 SATA ports.

BittWare, the leader in Altera-based FPGA COTS boards, announced today that they have begun shipping the industry’s first PCI Express COTS board powered by two of Altera’s 28-nm Stratix® V FPGAs. The S5-PCIe-DS (S5PE-DS) is a Gen 3 PCIe x16 card with an extremely flexible memory configuration: eight SODIMM sites enabling up to 64 GBytes of DDR3 SDRAM, up to 4 GBytes of RLDRAM3, and/or up to 256 Mbytes of QDRII+. Providing additional flexibility are four front-panel QSFP cages, allowing four 40GigE, 16 10GigE, or four QDR/FDR InfiniBand interfaces direct to the FPGA’s built-in PHYs for the lowest possible latency. With almost 2 million logic elements available (952,000 per FPGA), the board is ideal for high-performance computing, and with the reduced latency provided by the network interfaces, ideal for high frequency trading, military/government agency secure communications, and network processing applications.

“This product is by far the most capable FPGA processing board available to date on a PCIe format,” stated Jeff Milrod, President and CEO of BittWare. “Our engineers outdid themselves with the clever implementation and adaptation of SODIMMs that has afforded the flexibility for configuring and optimizing memory implementations for a given application and algorithms – no longer do COTS users have to accept ‘close-enough’. Similarly, the off-board I/O options of the S5PE-DS enables low-latency interfacing and integration to an extremely wide range of systems and networks.”

“BittWare once again proves themselves as an industry leader by bringing to market a PCI Express COTS solution that leverages the industry’s highest performance FPGA,” Patrick Dorsey, senior director of product marketing at Altera. “The Stratix V FPGAs featured on BittWare’s S5PE-DS board deliver TeraFLOP levels of computing performance with low-power, and fully integrated, multi-gigabit transceivers. The board is unique because it provides users a feature-rich, high-performance PCIe board that, when combined with BittWare’s tools and support, enables easier development of the highest performance programmable applications.”

S5-PCIe-DS Overview

  • Two high-density Altera Stratix V GX/GS FPGAs (up AB or D8)
  • PCIe x16 interface supporting Gen1, Gen2, or Gen3
  • Four QSFP+ cages for 4 x 40GigE or 16 x10GigE or 4x QDR/FDR Infiniband direct to the FPGAs for lowest possible latency
  • Eight SATA connectors, up to 6 Gbps each
  • Timestamping support
  • Utility I/O includes: USB 2.0, RS-232, and JTAG
  • Memory options:
    • up to 64 GBytes of DDR3 SDRAM with ECC
    • up to 4 GBytes RLDRAM3
    • up to 256 MBytes QDRII+

BittWare’s S5PE-DS is currently shipping and available today.

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