BittWare has announced the expansion of its IA-series of FPGA accelerators that include Intel Agilex FPGAs. The BittWare IA series of FPGA accelerators are built to aid customers in developing and deploying next-generation edge and cloud applications with high speed and greater flexibility while reducing risk.

The brand-new IA-420F low-profile PCIe card and IA-220-U2 computational storage processor integrate with IA-840F to provide a choice of three form factors popular in network infrastructure and data center.

The trio of products are completely PCIe Gen 4 compliant while it consists of application reference designs, in addition to support for the one API programming model. It also enables hardware developers to design domain-specific FPGA platforms and application developers to create source. cross-architecture, single-source compilation designs.

As per Gartner’s Top 10 Strategic Technology Trends for 2020: Empowered Edge, around 50% of enterprise-generated data will be created and processed outside the data center or cloud by 2023. FPGAs work as catalysts at the edge where real-time data with critical latency, security requirements, and bandwidth is supposed to be processed in an efficient manner.

Within the cloud, FPGA heterogeneous computing solutions are needed to process vast amounts of both structured and unstructured data efficiently via high-performance computing and big data analytics to get the value and orchestrate smart devices in the field.

New IA Series FPGA Accelerators

Photo Deepali Trehan, VP Data Platforms Group and General Manager, Programmable Solutions Group Product Marketing at Intel
“Intel Agilex FPGAs are delivering industry-leading performance and power efficiency, and with cross platform tools including the oneAPI toolkits, offer customers the adaptability and agility to innovate for diverse workload transitions in 5G, network, cloud, and edge,” said Deepali Trehan, VP Data Platforms Group and General Manager, Programmable Solutions Group Product Marketing at Intel.

IA-420F low-profile PCIe accelerator is built to address SmartNIC and computational storage use cases. This half-length, half-height, and single-width PCIe card has the capability to work smoothly with all edge platforms and servers. The IA-240F supports multiple 100G network ports for network and sensor processing applications with high data ingest needs. A full 16-lanes of PCIe Gen 4 offers customers up to two times the bandwidth generally available for FPGA-augmented systems.

The IA-222 U2 computational storage processor is created to address NVMe computational storage workloads. The IA-220-U2 includes an Intel Agilex FPGA with an embedded ARM processor subsystem and supports PCIe Gen 4. This compute node can be deployed within conventional U2 NVMe storage arrays and is chassis front serviceable. The IA-220-U2 also serves as a deployment-friendly computational storage processor within data center platforms that have additional UT Slots but no available PCIe slots.

The IA-420F and IA-220-U2 integrate with the IA-840 PCIe card that was rolled out in November 2020. It offers a complete solution package for highly demanding data center environments.

“Intel Agilex FPGAs are delivering industry-leading performance and power efficiency, and with cross platform tools including the oneAPI toolkits, offer customers the adaptability and agility to innovate for diverse workload transitions in 5G, network, cloud, and edge,” said Deepali Trehan, vice president Data Platforms Group and General Manager, Programmable Solutions Group Product Marketing at Intel. “BittWare and Molex, both members of the Intel Partner Alliance program, solve some of the toughest data-centric compute, network and storage challenges. By taking advantage of Intel Agilex FPGAs and the oneAPI toolkits, BittWare can successfully help transition enterprise customers from proofs-of-concept to volume deployments while addressing qualification, validation, life cycle management and support requirements.”

Configuration

The IA-420F will be offered with example application reference designs, consisting of 100GbE SmartNIC shell and support for DPDK. The IA-220-U2 can be said to be a ready-to-run solution for applications, such as database acceleration, machine learning interference, and compression.

It can be programmed by customers possessing in-house FPGA programming abilities. It will also reduce the cost of hardware investments and supports a DevOps mindset feature for agility. The IA-series accelerators can be bought as pre-integrated Dell or HPE servers from the BittWare TeraBox range.

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