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jimd6776
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Alveo U50 production vs ES3 differences

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Hi,

We would like to equip our lab with an Alveo U50. I've seen that there are two versions A-U50DD-P00G-ES3-G which seems to be an engineering sample and A-U50-P00G-PQ-G which is production. Are there any differences in the cards? (maybe concering hbm throughput, voltage, tools/vitis/vitis ai support, temperature differences or any other)

 

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JohnFedakIV
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Hi @jimd6776 ,

The recommendation is to only use the production U50 PQ card, this version is fully supported by the tools. The U50DD/ES3 is the engineering sample version as you have noted.

Please note that there is also a U50LV variant which is meant to be run with specific applications and has no Vitis flow/development platform support.

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~John

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JohnFedakIV
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Hi @jimd6776 ,

The recommendation is to only use the production U50 PQ card, this version is fully supported by the tools. The U50DD/ES3 is the engineering sample version as you have noted.

Please note that there is also a U50LV variant which is meant to be run with specific applications and has no Vitis flow/development platform support.

Regards,
~John

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jimd6776
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So I guess i will focus on the A-U50-P00G-PQ-G device. However, which tool is not fully supported by the U50DD/ES3? Is at least the Vitis flow/development platform supported for it?

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JohnFedakIV
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Hi @jimd6776 ,

I should take a step back, can you provide background on the interest in the U50DD/ES3 pre-production card?

From a support perspective, there aren't board files/XDC files for the U50DD card as part of the Alveo Vivado Lounge for use in a Vivado/custom flow. I don't believe that the ethernet ports on the U50DD card would be supported in a Vitis flow, as they have a different configuration than the production U50 cards. The card may work with the tools, but I would need to check internally on tool support, as my guess is that the tools are tested using the production card.

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~John

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jimd6776
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It's ok, that answer is helpful for me. I asked in case we managed to work with a U50DD from another lab. Thank you very much!

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