Intel unveils the Agilex FPGA family

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Intel has announced the Intel Agilex, a new family of field programmable gate arrays (FPGA) intended to provide customised solutions to address the data challenges associated with embedded, network and data-center markets.

“The race to solve data-centric problems requires agile and flexible solutions which can move, store and process data efficiently. Intel Agilex FPGAs deliver customised connectivity and acceleration while delivering much needed improvements in performance and power for diverse workloads,” said Dan McNamara, Intel senior vice president, Programmable Solutions Group.

According to Intel, customers require solutions that can aggregate and process increasing amounts of data traffic to enable transformative applications in the emerging, data driven industries like edge computing, networking and cloud.

Whether through edge analytics for low-latency processing, virtualized network functions to improve performance, or datacentre acceleration for greater efficiency, the Agilex FPGAs have been built to deliver a customised solution for applications from the edge to the cloud.

Advances in artificial intelligence (AI) analytics at the edge, network and the cloud are compelling hardware systems to cope with evolving standards, support varying AI workloads, and integrate multiple functions and these new FPGAs provide the greater flexibility and agility that current trends require while delivering gains in performance and power.

The Intel Agilex family combines FPGA fabric built on Intel’s 10nm process with heterogeneous 3D SiP technology that provides the capability to integrate analogue, memory, custom computing, custom I/O, and Intel eASIC device tiles into a single package. The FPGA fabric delivers a custom logic continuum with reusable IPs through a migration path from FPGA to structured ASIC.

One API provides a software-friendly heterogeneous programming environment, enabling software developers to access the benefits of FPGA for acceleration.

The Intel Agilex FPGA provides a number of new capabilities to help accelerate solution development and include:
Compute Express Link: The first FPGA to support Compute Express Link, a cache and memory coherent interconnect to future Intel Xeon Scalable processors.
2nd Generation HyperFlex Architecture: Up to 40 percent higher performance, or up to 40 percent lower total power compared with the Stratix 10 FPGAs.
DSP Innovation: The only FPGA supporting hardened BFLOAT16 and up to 40 teraflops of digital signal processor (DSP) performance (FP16)
Peripheral component interconnect express (PCIe) Gen 5: Higher bandwidth compared with PCIe Gen Transceiver Data Rates: Support up to 112 Gbps data rates.
Advanced memory support: DDR5, HBM, Intel® Optane™ DC persistent memory support.