Achronix Super-Speed FPGA Find a Home on Bittware Board

By Rich Nass

Executive Vice President

Embedded Computing Design

January 02, 2020


According to the two companies, the card offers the industry?s highest performance interfaces available on a PCIe FPGA accelerator card.

A short while ago, I wrote about Achonix pushing into the very high-speed FPGA space, with its Speedster7t launch. As you might expect, the next announcement comes from a board vendor who is taking advantage of those ICs. In this case, it’s actually a joint announcement from Achronix and BittWare, whereby Bittware has developed an accelerator card called the VectorPath S7t-VG6.

According to the two companies, the card offers the industry’s highest performance interfaces available on a PCIe FPGA accelerator card. It includes one 400 GbE and two 100 GbE ports and eight banks of GDDR6 memory with an aggregate bandwidth of 4 Tbps. The card is suited for very high-bandwidth data acceleration applications, including AI, machine learning, and networking.

Other features of the VectorPath accelerator card include a 20-Tbps two-dimensional network-on-chip (NoC); 692K six-input LUTs; and a four-lane PCIe Gen 4 connector called OCuLiink that’s used to connect expansion cards.

The VectorPath accelerator card comes with a full suite of Achronix’s ACE development tools along with BittWare’s board management controller and developer toolkit which includes the API, PCIe drivers, diagnostic self-test and application example designs to enable a rapid out-of-the-box experience. The VectorPath S7t-VG6 accelerator card will ship at the beginning of the second quarter.


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Richard Nass’ key responsibilities include setting the direction for all aspects of OSM’s ECD portfolio, including digital, print, and live events. Previously, Nass was the Brand Director for Design News. Prior, he led the content team for UBM’s Medical Devices Group, and all custom properties and events. Nass has been in the engineering OEM industry for more than 30 years. In prior stints, he led the Content Team at EE Times,, and TechOnLine. Nass holds a BSEE degree from NJIT.

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