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Eight Benefits of Using an FPGA with an On-chip High-Speed Network (WP020)

Since the initial introduction of FPGAs decades ago, each new architecture has continued to employ a bit-wise routing structure. While this approach has been successful, the rise of high-speed communication standards has required ever increasing on-chip bus widths to be able to support these new data rates. Achronix's solution was to create a revolutionary 2D high-speed network on chip (NoC) on top of the traditional segmented FPGA routing structure for its new Speedster7t FPGA family.

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Software-Defined Hardware Provides the Key to High-Performance Data Acceleration (WP019)

Across a wide range of industries, data acceleration is the key to building efficient, smart systems. A number of accelerator technologies have appeared to fill the gap that are based on custom silicon, graphics processors or dynamically reconfigurable hardware, but the key to their success is their ability to integrate into an environment where high throughput, low latency and ease of development are paramount requirements. A board-level platform developed jointly by Achronix and BittWare has been optimized for these applications, providing developers with a rapid path to deployment for high-throughput data acceleration. 

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How to Design SmartNICs Using FPGAs to Increase Server Compute Capacity (WP017)

Intelligent server adapters, or SmartNICs, boost server performance in cloud and private data centers by offloading network processing workloads and tasks from server CPUs. Offloading network processing to a SmartNIC is not a new concept — for example, there are NICs that offload some network-processing functions such as checksum computation and segmentation. However, the rapid explosion in data-center network traffic driven by software-defined networking (SDN), Open vSwitch (OVS), and network functions virtualization (NFV) demands a new class of NIC with even greater offload capabilities: the SmartNIC.

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Chiplets – Taking SoC Design Where no Monolithic IC has Gone Before (WP016)

The chiplet movement is a reaction to the rapidly changing IC landscape and the current IC fabrication realities. Engineers are increasingly realizing that it makes little sense to integrate every IP block in a system on one piece of silicon if the fit is poor. There are many advantages with monolithic silicon integration, but those advantages are rapidly being outweighed by the economics of building advanced technology ICs. It is extremely expensive and time consuming to integrate, validate, and tapeout chips that can only be justified with high volume demand. More importantly, adding functionality or creating variations to support multiple end products increases die size and costs. Chiplets are becoming an alternative solution. Fortunately, the ecosystem for chiplets is quickly developing to provide companies a new tool to create highly optimized and cost effective solutions for their various end markets

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How to Meet Power Performance and Cost for Autonomous Vehicle Systems using Speedcore eFPGAs (WP015)

In the advanced, fully autonomous, self-driving vehicles of the future, the existence of dozens and even hundreds of distributed CPUs and numerous other processing elements is assured. Peripheral sensor-fusion and other processing tasks can be served by ASICs, SoCs, or traditional FPGAs. But the introduction of embedded FPGA blocks such as Achronix's Speedcore eFPGA IP provides numerous system-design advantages in terms of shorter latency, more security, greater bandwidth, and better reliability that are simply not possible when using CPUs, GPUs, or even standalone FPGAs.

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Speedster7t FPGA Datasheet (DS015)

Achronix’s new 7nm Speedster®7t 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 Gen3 eFPGA Datasheet (DS003)

Achronix's Speedcore embedded FPGA architecture includes look-up-table, memory, and DSP building blocks that are designed in a modular structure which allows customers to define any quantity 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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Speedcore Gen4 eFPGA Datasheet (DS012)

Achronix's Speedcore Gen4 embedded FPGA (eFPGA) IP includes look-up-table, memory, DSP, and machine learning processor (MLP) building 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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Speedcore eFPGA Datasheet (DS003)

Achronix's Speedcore embedded FPGA architecture includes look-up-table, memory, and DSP building blocks that are designed in a modular structure which allows customers to define any quantity of resources required for their end system.

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Device Binning Methodologies

The manufacturing process for any silicon device inevitably has variations, whether those are in the thickness of a substrate or track, the purity of a conductor, position of the die on the wafer, or one of a myriad of many other physical effects.

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Minimizing Latency in Speedster7t and Speedcore Products

In many applications, there is a need to minimize interface latency for ASICs and FPGAs, in particular for the SerDes PMA, to gain a competitive advantage and meet or exceed target specifications.

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Mentor Catapult HLS to Hardware Walkthrough

The goal of this demonstration design is to provide the user with an end-to-end experience of taking a design module written in C through Mentor's Catapult HLS to generate an RTL code which can then be run through synthesis (Synplify Pro) and ACE place and route to generate a bitstream.

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Speedchip Introduction

Next-generation SoC platforms are evolving rapidly to process and move enormous amounts of data from the edge; over the network and to the cloud for high data and compute intensive applications such as AI and machine learning, high-performance computing (HPC) and autonomous driving.

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Production Testing of Speedcore eFPGAs

The robustness of ATE production testing is critical to the success and quality of Speedcore eFPGAs. The overall objectives in the implementation and delivery are to reach coverage metrics and allow for industrystandard DPM targets to be met at minimal cost.

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Maximize Hardware Assurance Using Embedded FPGAs (PB035)

Implementing a secure IP solution when developing a custom ASIC involves overcoming many risks along the development, manufacturing and supply chain flow. Hardware assurance continues to become more critical for military and defense applications as worldwide threats increase. By using an eFPGA IP solution to store mission critical IP, supply chain security is greatly simplified compared to the traditional ASIC design flow.

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VectorPath S7t-VG6 Accelerater 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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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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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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Speedster7t IP Component Library User Guide (UG086)

The Achronix Speedster7t macro cell library provides the user with building blocks that may be instantiated into the user’s design. These macros provide access to low-level fabric primitives, complex I/O block, and higher level design components. Each library element entry describes the operation of the macro as well as any parameters that must be initialized. Verilog and VHDL templates are also provided to aide in the implementation of the user’s design.

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ACE Installation & Licensing Guide (UG002)

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

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Simulation User Guide (UG072)

The Achronix tool suite includes synthesis and place-and-route software that maps RTL designs (VHDL or Verilog) into Achronix devices. In addition to synthesis and place-and-route functions, the Achronix software tools flow also supports simulation at several flow steps (RTL, Synthesized Netlist, and Post Place-And-Routed Netlist). This guide covers the simulation flow for Achronix devices.

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ACE User Guide (UG070)

This guide is a reference manual for the Achronix CAD Environment (ACE), used for placing, routing, configuring, and debugging Speedcore eFPGAs and Speedster FPGAs. ACE works in conjunction with third-party synthesis and simulation tools to provide a complete design environment for Achronix FPGAs.

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Speedster7t DDR User Guide (UG096)

The Achronix Speedster7t FPGA family provides DDR subsystems that enable the user to fully utilize the low latency and high-bandwidth efficiency of these interfaces for critical applications such as high-performance compute and machine learning systems. The DDR subsystem supports memory devices and features compliant with JEDEC Standard JESD79-4B.

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