Pro Design has introduced the proFPGA quad SG 280 system, a new generation of its modular and scalable high-speed FPGA prototyping solution based on the latest Intel [Altera] Stratix10 FPGA technology.

Assembled with four pluggable Intel Stratix 10 SG280-based FPGA modules, the quad system offers a capacity of up to 80 million ASIC gates: up to five proFPGA quad systems with a total of 20 FPGA modules can be connected to increase capacity up to 300 million ASIC gates. The proFPGA quad system has 32 extension sites, with a total of up to 4104 FPGA standard I/Os and 96 high speed serial transceivers, which offer a maximum flexibility for interconnections and for adapting standard proFPGA daughter boards or application specific extension boards such as DDR4 memory, USB 3.0, SATA, GB Ethernet or PCIe Gen3/4.

The monolithic Stratix 10 FPGA technology combined with the proFPGA system architecture and the high-end PCB layout with length matched signal lines, offers high signal integrity—it achieves a system speed of up to 1GHz. The system achieves a single-ended point-to-point performance of up to 1.0Gbps surpassing the standard I/Os, and performance of up to 17.4Gbps with the transceivers.

The system is equipped with a mechanical construction that aids efficient FPGA cooling, high robustness, and easy system handling.

Intel Stratix FPGA (cr) Figure 1: The monolithic Stratix 10 FPGA technology combined with the proFPGA system architecture and the high-end PCB layout with length matched signal lines, offers high signal integrity. (Source: Pro Design)

The high-speed proFPGA SG 280 system is fully compatible with the previous proFPGA generations. That means all proFPGA motherboards, FPGA modules, daughter cards and accessories can be used in combination with the proFPGA SG 280 FPGA module. Users can mix and match the Intel Stratix 10 FPGA technology with the existing Xilinx Virtex 7, Virtex UltraScale and Zynq FPGA technologies on the same motherboard.

The proFPGA system comes with the proFPGA Builder software, which provides features such as advanced clock management, integrated self- and performance testing, automatic board detection and I/O voltage programming, a system scan- and safety mechanism, and quick remote system configuration and monitoring through USB, Ethernet or PCIe.

The proFPGA quad SG 280 system is available for early adopter customers in March 2017. Its general availability will be in Q4 2017.