New IA-840F FPGA Card Comes with Board Management Controller

Press Release Summary:

  • Features tiling architecture with dual QSFP-DDs (4× 100G), PCIe Gen4 x16, and three MCIO expansion ports
  • Supports Intel oneAPI™ unified software programming environment
  • Offers passive, active or liquid thermal cooling options

Original Press Release:

BittWare Launches IA-840F with Intel® Agilex™ FPGA and Support for oneAPI™ Unified Software Programming Environment

CONCORD, N.H., Nov. 17, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- BittWare, a Molex company, today unveiled the IA-840F, the company's first Intel® Agilex™-based FPGA card designed to deliver significant performance-per-watt improvements for next-generation data center, networking and edge compute workloads. Agilex FPGAs deliver up to 40% higher performance or up to 40% lower power, depending on application requirements. BittWare maximized I/O features using the Agilex chip's unique tiling architecture with dual QSFP-DDs (4× 100G), PCIe Gen4 x16, and three MCIO expansion ports for diverse applications. BittWare also announced support for Intel oneAPI™, which enables an abstracted development flow for dramatically simplified code re-use across multiple architectures.

"Modern data center workloads are incredibly diverse, requiring customers to implement a mix of scalar, vector, matrix and spatial architectures," said Craig Petrie, vice president of marketing for BittWare. "The IA-840F ensures that customers can quickly and easily exploit the advanced features of the Intel Agilex FPGA. For those customers who prefer to develop FPGA applications at an abstracted level, we are including support for oneAPI. This new unified software programming environment allows customers to program the Agilex FPGA from a single code base with native high-level language performance across architectures."

The new IA-84F offers enterprise-class features and capabilities, including:

  • Support for Intel oneAPI unified software programming environment
  • HDL developer toolkit: API, PCIe drivers, application example designs and diagnostic self-test
  • Sophisticated Board Management Controller (BMC)
  • Choice of thermal cooling options: Passive, active or liquid
  • Multiple expansion port for additional PCIe, storage or network I/O

To streamline cross-architecture development, oneAPI includes a direct programming language, Data Parallel C++, and a set of libraries for API-based programming. Data Parallel C++ is based on C++ and incorporates SYCL from the Khronos Group. This dramatically simplifies code re-use across multiple architectures while facilitating custom tuning for accelerators.

"Intel Agilex FPGAs and cross platform tools including the oneAPI toolkit are leading the way to enable easier access to these newest FPGAs and their tremendous capabilities - including eASIC integration, HBM integration, BFLOAT16, optimized tensor compute blocks, Compute Express Link (CXL), and 112 Gbps transceiver data rates for high speed 1Ghz compute and 400Gbps+ connectivity solutions," said Patrick Dorsey, VP Product, Programmable Solutions Group at Intel. "The highly customizable and heterogenous Agilex platform and oneAPI tools enable products like the new IA-840F accelerator card from BittWare to drive innovation from the edge to the cloud."

First IA-840F card shipments are scheduled to begin Q2 2021. Customers can purchase the new card as a pre-integrated DELL or HPE server from the BittWare TeraBox range with a comprehensive three-year warranty. Each TeraBox server is delivered with pre-installed FPGA card, operating system, driver and tools. Please visit www.BittWare.com for product portfolio details.

About BittWare
BittWare, a Molex company, designs and manufactures enterprise-class FPGA hardware that enables customers to deploy solutions quickly and with low risk. BittWare, with 30 years of experience developing FPGA accelerators, is the only FPGA vendor-agnostic supplier of critical mass able to address enterprise-class qualification and lifecycle requirements for customers deploying solutions in volume.

About Molex
Molex makes a connected world possible by enabling technology that transforms the future and improves lives. With a presence in more than 40 countries, Molex offers a full range of connectivity products, services and solutions for markets that include data communications, medical, industrial, automotive and consumer electronics. For more information, visit www.molex.com.

About Intel:
Intel (NASDAQ: INTC) is a world leader in computing innovation. The company designs and builds the essential technologies that serve as the foundation for the world's computing devices. As a leader in corporate responsibility and sustainability, Intel also manufactures the world's first commercially available "conflict-free" microprocessors.

Molex
CONTACT: Sue Hetzel, sue@hetzelmeade.com, 760-473-4729
Web Site: www.molex.com

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