BittWare announces PCIe 5.0/CXL FPGA Accelerators featuring Intel Agilex FPGAs

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BittWare, a supplier of enterprise-class accelerators for edge and cloud-computing applications, has introduced new card and server-level solutions.

The BittWare IA-860, which features Intel Agilex FPGAs, is intended to help customers alleviate memory-bound application workloads by leveraging up to 32GB of HBM2e in-package memory and 16-lanes of PCIe 5.0 (with CXL upgrade option).

BittWare, which is owned by Molex, has also added new Intel Agilex I-Series FPGA-based products with the introduction of the IA-440i and IA-640i accelerators, which support high-performance interfaces, including 400G Ethernet and PCIe 5.0 (CXL option).

These newest models complement BittWare’s existing line-up of Intel Agilex F-Series products which is now said to be one of the broadest portfolios of Intel Agilex FPGA-based offerings currently on the market.

“BittWare is excited to apply Intel’s advanced technology to solve increasingly difficult application problems, quickly and at low risk,” said Craig Petrie, vice president, Sales and Marketing of BittWare. “Our longstanding collaboration with Intel, expertise with the latest development tools, including OneAPI, as well as alignment with Molex’s global supply chain and manufacturing capabilities enable BittWare to reduce development time by 12-to-18 months while ensuring smooth transitions from proof-of-concept to volume product deployment.”

BittWare has also been selected to participate in Intel’s Agilex M-Series Early Access Program (EAP) to accelerate the delivery of FPGA-based solutions featuring Intel’s technology and BittWare’s engineering team will be able to take advantage of in-package HBM2e (High-Bandwidth Memory) DRAM stacks; on-chip SRAM; and support for external synchronous DRAM (SDRAM) next-generation memory, including DDR5.

“We are pleased to team with BittWare to scale Intel FPGA-based solutions while fuelling momentum for our new Intel Agilex M-Series FPGAs,” said Deepali Trehan, vice president and general manager of Programmable Solutions, Intel Corporation. “Over the years, BittWare has been pivotal in supporting Intel’s Agilex product roadmap as well as leveraging the OneAPI development toolkit to speed the development and delivery of solutions.”

The two companies are working together to speed up the processing of various workloads, ranging from machine learning inference, database acceleration and non-volatile memory express (NVMe) computational storage to networking test and measurement, 5G cellular testing and sensor processing.

Early access units of the BittWare IA-440i and IA-640i accelerators are slated for availability in Q4 2022 with production units targeted for delivery in Q1 2023.

Early access units of the IA-860m accelerators are scheduled for Q2 2023 with production units expected by Q2 2024. All three products will be available through distribution.