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Reduce Speech Transcription Costs by up to 90% with CAI (WP030)

Conversational artificial intelligence (CAI) uses deep learning (DL), a subset of machine learning (ML), to automate speech recognition, natural language processing and text to speech using machines. Achronix and Myrtle.ai are teaming up to deliver an ASR platform consisting of a 200W, x16 PCIe Gen4-based accelerator card and the associated software which together can sustain up to 4000 RTS concurrently, processing up to 1 million five-minute transcriptions per 24-hour period — reducing costs by as much as 90% versus cloud-based APIs.

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Enabling the Next Generation of 5G Platforms (WP029)

Radio access networks (RANs) and associated core network hierarchy, which link end-user equipment to both the central telecom network and the cloud, are essential in building ubiquitous cellular connectivity to expand the number and breadth of use cases that can be supported by the technology. This paper outlines the current status of 5G standards and rollout, summarizes the new use cases 5G RANs need to support and examines the standards evolution to support higher bandwidth and additional use cases. Finally, it also explains how Achronix FPGA technology can be utilized by developers to meet the fundamental challenge facing them.

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The Achronix Integrated 2D NoC Enables High-Bandwidth Designs (WP028)

Devices aimed at addressing modern algorithm acceleration workloads must be able to efficiently move high-bandwidth data streams between high-speed interfaces and throughout the device. Achronix Speedster®7t FPGAs can process these high-bandwidth data streams via an integrated new and highly innovative two-dimensional network on chip (2D NoC). This white paper discusses two methods of implementing a 2D NoC and presents an example design to show how the Achronix 2D NoC improves performance, reduces area, and reduces design time when compared to a soft 2D NoC implementation.

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Achronix FPGAs Optimize AI in Industry 4.0 and 5.0 (WP027)

Industry has come a long way over in the last three hundred years. Machines were first introduced in the 1700s, mainly water and steam driven, introducing the Industrial Revolution in the late 1700s. Automation and computer technology would enter the picture in the late 1960's, paving the way for the eventual automation, artificial intelligence (AI) and networked solutions of today. Although it might appear that humans are no longer in the picture, Industry 5.0 is bringing us full circle by combining the precision and efficiency of robotic systems, driven largely by AI, with the ingenuity and real-time thought of the human mind — all leading to more optimal manufacturing environments.

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FPGAs and eFPGAs Accelerate ML Inference at the Edge (WP026)

With the rapid proliferation of Internet-of-Things (IoT) and billions of connected devices, there is a paradigm shift taking place where big data is not only being processed in the core data center but also at the network edge. Field Programmable Gate Arrays (FPGAs), sitting at the intersection of performance and flexibility, are a promising solution for deep learning edge inference applications.

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Speedster7t FPGA Datasheet (DS015)

Achronix's new 7nm Speedster7t FPGA family is specifically designed to deliver extremely high performance for demanding applications including data-center workloads and networking infrastructure. The processing tasks associated with these high-performance applications, specifically those associated with artificial intelligence and machine learning (AI/ML) and high-speed networking, represent some of the most demanding processing workloads in the data center.

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Speedcore eFPGA Datasheet (DS012)

Achronix Speedcore embedded FPGA (eFPGA) IP includes look-up-table, memory, and DSP blocks. Each of these blocks are designed to be modular to allow customers to define any mix of resources required for their end system.

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Speedster7t 7t1500 Pin Table

The pin tables (in Excel format) for the Speedster7t AC7t1500 in the FBGA2597 package.

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Coding Guidelines for Speedcore eFPGAs (AN003)

This application note details certain specific design elements that, with certain coding constructs and constraints, can improve timing performance or lower resource utilization.

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Runtime Programming of Speedster FPGAs (AN025)

This application note demonstrates changing the I/O ring configuration registers of a Speedster FPGA while in user mode.

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Understanding ACE Timing Reports (AN024)

Accurate timing constraints and proper understanding of timing analysis reports are critical to successful FPGA design projects. This application note introduces ACE users to the structure of ACE timing reports generated during an ACE place-and-route run.

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Speedcore User Interface Timing Sign-off Methodology (AN009)

Timing sign-off between the host ASIC and the Speedcore boundary is one of the most crucial steps in ensuring proper integration of a Speedcore instance into a customer's SoC.

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Migrating to Achronix FPGA Technology (AN023)

Many users transitioning to Achronix FPGA technology will be familiar with existing FPGA solutions from other vendors. Although Achronix technology and tools are similar to existing FPGA technology and tools, there are some differences. Understanding these differences are needed to achieve the very best performance and quality of results (QoR).

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Speedster7t FPGAs Product Brief (PB033)

The Achronix Speedster®7t family is a revolutionary FPGA architecture highly optimized to meet the growing demands of AI/ML and high-bandwidth data acceleration applications. Specifically designed for these high-bandwidth workloads, the Speedster7t FPGA family features a revolutionary new 2D network on chip (NoC) and a high-density array of AI/ML optimized machine learning processors (MLP). Blending FPGA programmability with ASIC routing structures and compute engines, the Speedster7t family creates a new “FPGA+” class of technology.

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Achronix Company Backgrounder (PB029)

Achronix Semiconductor Corporation is a privately held, fabless semiconductor corporation based in Santa Clara, California and offers high-performance FPGA solutions. Achronix’s history is one of pushing the boundaries in the high-performance FPGA market.

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Achronix Tool Suite (PB002)

The Achronix Tool Suite works in conjunction with industry-standard synthesis tools, allowing FPGA designers (for both standalone and embedded) to easily map their designs into Achronix FPGA technology. Achronix provides ACE together with an Achronix-optimized version of Synplify Pro from Synopsys, the industry standard for producing high-performance and cost-effective FPGA designs.

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VectorPath S7t-VG6 Accelerator Card

Developed jointly with BittWare, the VectorPath® S7t-VG6 accelerator card is designed to reduce time to market when developing high-performance compute and acceleration functions for artificial intelligence (AI), machine learning (ML), networking and data center applications.

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Speedcore eFPGA Product Brief (PB028)

Speedcore IP is embedded FPGA (eFPGA) that can be integrated into an ASIC or SoC. Customers specify their logic, RAM and DSP resource needs, then Achronix configures the Speedcore IP to meet their individual requirements.

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Speedster7t Pin Connectivity User Guide (UG084)

This user guide lists each of the I/O pin groups available in the Speedster7t 7t1500 device, their functionality and recommended connection guidelines.

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Speedster7t Configuration User Guide (UG094)

At startup, Speedster7t FPGAs require configuration by the end user via a bitstream. This bitstream can be programmed through one of four available interfaces in the FPGA configuration unit (FCU), which is logic that controls the configuration process of the Speedster7t FPGA.

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Getting Started User Guide (UG105)

This guide serves as a concise introduction to the Achronix tool flow using the Quickstart design included with all ACE installations.

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Speedster7t Power User Guide (UG087)

This document describes the different power supplies that are required for the Speedster7t 7t1500 device and voltage tolerance levels for each of them. Also included are the connection guidelines for each of the power rails and recommendations for the power supply network sharing schemes at the board level.

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ACE Installation and Licensing Guide (UG002)

This guide covers software installation and licensing of ACE software under both Windows and Linux operating software.

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