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Architectural Enhancements in Agilex FPGA

The Agilex family of processors now features a 10nm process, ARM processor that is a quad-core subsystem, next-generation programmable fabric, protected device manager, and several companion transceiver tile choices. In addition, the fabric includes several logic block enrichments and tighter integration with second-generation processor subsystem. Here are some of the other highlights. To learn more about the improvements, read on.

ACAP

The Intel Agilex FPGA family offers optimized solutions for low-latency processing, virtualized network functions, and data center acceleration. Its architecture supports more efficient design flows and enables performance and power gains. Learn about the latest ACAP architectural improvements in Agilex FPGAs. You can download the product brochure or learn more here. Alternatively, you can visit Intel’s website. After all, the company has a dedicated Agilex FPGA page.

The ACAP architecture includes a floating-point adder and multiplier. Its inputs are FP32 or FP16 with single-precision and half-precision, respectively. The VC1902 AI Core Series offers peak FP32 performance of 3.2 TFLOPs/s. This architecture offers increased performance and energy efficiency and is more affordable than conventional FPGAs.

The Agilex FPGAs can connect to custom chiplets. Those chiplets can be Intel or third-party providers. Intel is also a significant player in the FPGA space, and it has already bought a company called eASIC. This technology enables Agilex devices to better integrate with second-generation processor subsystems. And in a way, both Xilinx and Agilex are offering similar products that could compete for a piece of the server market.

ACAP is an important ACAP component that can provide significant performance improvements in FPGA designs. However, some vendors are not as confident about this feature. The Chinese have named the Agilex FPGA Xian Ran, Xing Liao Da Fu Gai Jin, and Tong Shi. These Chinese names are very similar to the English names for Agilex FPGAs.

Tong Shi (Jie Xia Lai) is a Chinese name for Jie Xiao. ACAP supports the use of x86 architecture for a variety of applications. It is a critical component of Agilex FPGAs. It is an essential component for any company looking to expand its offerings. Finally, ACAP is an essential part of any product’s design.

Hyper-register high-speed bypasses

The Intel(r) Stratix 10 FPGA’s “registers everywhere” architecture packs bypassable Hyper-Registers into routing segments of the device core. Bypassing the register, a routing signal can go directly to a multiplexer. This design improves bandwidth, area, and power efficiency. A hyper-register has two signal paths, one for input and the other for output.

The second-generation Intel HyperFlex architecture uses additional registers and “Hyper-Registers” to maximize overall structural performance and reduce maximum power consumption. The result is a better design with improved performance and area efficiency and freed-up logic resources for higher-level functions. In addition, the Hyper-Registers and other improvements allow the Agilex FPGA to operate with higher speeds and lower energy consumption.

The name “Agilex” is an amalgamation of Agile and Flexible. These two terms are fundamental to modern FPGA technology. Intel’s goal in 2015 was to develop heterogeneous architectures, including discrete CPU+FPGA, encapsulated CPU+FPGA, and an FPGA integrated with an Intel CPU/FPGA/ARM. This integration would reduce delay, increase efficiency, and unify tool flow between processor and FPGA. This approach enabled Rayming PCB & Assembly to develop a device with high throughput and 92 TOP DSP performance.

In addition to introducing multiple DSP layers, the Intel Agilex FPGA supports a large hierarchy of memory resources. High-speed memory resources, such as eSRAM and MLABs, can be used with the Intel Agilex FPGA. These new capabilities enable greater memory bandwidth. Moreover, these chips can support a wider range of system power requirements.

Using Intel Agilex FPGAs and MaxLinear RF transceivers for a new reference design, the companies can achieve a better balance of performance and efficiency. Combining the high-performance Agilex FPGA with MaxLinear RF transceivers can provide customers with an advanced power amplifier solution. The combined technology can also offer pre-integrated linearization capabilities.

ALM improvements

AgileX FPGAs can help your business achieve better results through continuous delivery. Its ALM capabilities will help you ensure that all of your product development efforts finish quickly. With a standardized methodology, you’ll be able to control quality, meet deadlines, and stay on budget. In addition, the latest version of AgileX includes ALM improvements for your entire development process. Read on to learn more about this innovative software.

Adaptive Logic Module (ALM) improvements are a must-have in today’s agile software development environment. Agilex FPGAs can support a variety of programming languages, including C, Java, and C++. As a result, you’ll have the power to build and deploy complex, highly scalable applications that meet your business requirements. As a result, ALM is an essential part of AgileX.

Intel Agilex FPGAs are capable of implementing advanced memory architectures for the data-centric computing market. These programmable processors have QDR, RLDRAM, and Optane persistent memory. They also support cache-coherent operations and PCle Gen5 x16, supporting 32 GTps per lane.

With the introduction of new nodes, the transistor size has decreased to the point that vendors must choose between performance and cost. These new nodes have increased non-recurring costs, meaning that Agilex FPGA companies must continually invest in their technology to reap ever-decreasing benefits. The complexity and non-recurring costs of new nodes will continue to increase, forcing them to compromise on other metrics.

Xilinx’s new FPGAs offer an array of 400 1GHz VLIW-SIMD vector processing cores and an improved programming model. In addition, Agilex FPGAs products support the Intel One API, which maps compute engines across a wide variety of processors. As a result, they are ideal for teams with RTL/FPGA design expertise, but you might want to consider Xilinx’s software-programmable approach if you’re primarily a software engineer.

Configurable DSP engine

The IA-420F FPGA from Intel has a configurable DSP engine for high-precision DSP applications. It supports FP32, BFLOAT16, and INT8 computations. In addition, it supports lower-precision integers, such as INT7-INT2. This capability makes the device ideal for AI workloads. Furthermore, its high-performance DSP architecture enables it to deliver up to 40 TFLOPs of FP16 and BFLOAT16 DSP performance.

The FPGA family is compatible with Xeon processors and is capable of connecting to custom chips and I/O devices. The Xeon processor is compatible with Agilex devices and connects through a cache-coherent UltraPath Interconnect (UPI). Compared to QPI, UltraPath Interconnect is faster, and the two types of memory can share the same address space.

Cyclone 10 LP and GX FPGAs support vertical migration, allowing designers to start their designs on one device and migrate to the adjacent densities later. The Arria 10 device family supports TSMC 20 nanometer process technology and combines a dual-core Arm Cortex-A9 MPCortex-A9 HPS with hardened floating-point DSP blocks.

FPGAs also feature analog-to-digital converters, dual configuration flash, and embedded processors. In addition, they feature Nios II soft-core embedded processor support and configurable DSP blocks. As a result, we can reconfigure and enhance them easily. And unlike ASICs, they can be helpful in new applications without having to replace hardware. So, what are you waiting for? Start designing now!

Intel Agilex FPGAs offer PCI Express Gen5 support for high-speed communications, enabling designers to take full advantage of these features. This is an essential step toward chip-level communications and increased performance. In addition, the Intel Agilex FPGA can meet the computing and acceleration needs of a broad range of applications. And with a range of new features available in Agilex FPGAs, your design can take a quantum leap forward.