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LDA Technologies’ e4 FPGA Chassis lets you build 48-port servers using BittWare’s XUPP3R Virtex UltraScale+ PCIe boards

by Xilinx Employee on ‎09-22-2017 02:20 PM (2,531 Views)

 

Need to get an FPGA-based, high-performance network server or appliance designed and fielded quickly? If so, take a serious look at the heavyweight combination of a BittWare XUPP3R PCIe board based on any one of three Xilinx Virtex UltraScale+ FPGAs (VU7P, VU9P, or VU11P) and LDA Technologies’ slick 1U e4 FPGA chassis, which is designed to bring all of the BittWare XUPP3R’s I/O ports on its QSFP, PCIe, and high-speed serial expansion ports to the 48-port front panel, like so:

 

 

 

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LDA Technologies’ 1U e4 FPGA chassis

 

 

 

The reason that BittWare’s XUPP3R PCIe card can support this many high-speed GbE ports is because the Virtex UltraScale+ FPGAs have that many bulletproof high-speed SerDes ports.

 

 

 

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BittWare XUPP3R PCIe board based on Virtex UltraScale+ FPGAs

 

 

 

You can use the combination of the BittWare XUPP3R PCIe card and LDA Technologies’ e4 FPGA chassis to develop a variety of network equipment including:

 

  • SDN switches
  • VPN concentrators
  • Routers
  • Firewalls
  • Intrusion-detection systems

 

 

LDA Technologies’ e4 FPGA chassis is specifically designed to accept a PCIe FPGA card like BittWare’s XUPP3R and it has several features designed to specifically support the needs of such a card including:

 

  • Dual-redundant power supply with load balancing
  • On-board Ethernet switch permits simple port-to-port switching without FPGA intervention
  • On-board COM Express socket that accepts Type 6 and Type 10 processor cards
  • Locally stored FPGA configuration with 1-second boot time
  • Precision 100MHz OCXO (oven-controlled crystal oscillator) for applications that require precise timing

 

 

The e4 FPGA chassis fits in a 1U rack space and it’s only 12 inches deep, so you can mount two back-to-back in a 1U rack slot with the front I/O ports pointing forward and the back I/O ports pointing out the rear of the rack.

 

For a 10-minute BittWare video that gives you even more information about this card/chassis combo, click here.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • Be sure to join the Xilinx LinkedIn group to get an update for every new Xcell Daily post! ******************** Steve Leibson is the Director of Strategic Marketing and Business Planning at Xilinx. He started as a system design engineer at HP in the early days of desktop computing, then switched to EDA at Cadnetix, and subsequently became a technical editor for EDN Magazine. He's served as Editor in Chief of EDN Magazine, Embedded Developers Journal, and Microprocessor Report. He has extensive experience in computing, microprocessors, microcontrollers, embedded systems design, design IP, EDA, and programmable logic.