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Achieving ASIC Timing Closure with Speedcore eFPGAs (WP013)

Achronix's Speedcore eFPGA IP allows companies to embed a programmable logic fabric in their ASICs, delivering to end users the capability to modify or upgrade the functionality of an ASIC after being deployed in the field. This flexibility dramatically expands the solution space that can be served by the ASIC as it can be updated to support changing standards and algorithms. Timing closure is particularly challenging due to the fact that the eFPGA fabric may host any number of designs over the course of device operation. Each of those designs must work independently with the rest of the ASIC, and timing closure can only be said to have been met if all of the possible designs targeting the eFPGA fabric can meet timing.

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AI Benchmarking on Achronix Speedster®7t FPGAs (WP999)

Deployments of machine learning networks with auto-regressive critical paths, or recurrence, often poorly utilize AI accelerator hardware. Such networks, like those used in automatic speech recognition (ASR), must run with low latency and deterministic tail-latency for at-scale real-time applications. In this paper, the team at Myrtle.ai presents an overlay architecture for an inference engine which is then implemented on a Speedster7t FPGA. The team further highlights the benefits of the AI-optimized Speedster7t architecture for low-latency, real-time applications.

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5G Advanced and 6G Evolution Powered by FPGA Technology (WP031)

5G, 5G Advanced, and 6G bring many technical and commercial challenges that need to be met if the promised benefits of this new cellular technology are to be truly achieved. Any solution in this space must deal with the evolving specifications — FPGA and eFPGA IP technology is critical to the successful deployment of these next-generation network technologies.

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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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Enabling the Next Generation of 5G Platforms (WP029)

Radio access networks (RANs) and associated core network hierarchy, which link end-user equipment to both the central telecom network and the cloud, are essential in building ubiquitous cellular connectivity to expand the number and breadth of use cases that can be supported by the technology. This paper outlines the current status of 5G standards and rollout, summarizes the new use cases 5G RANs need to support and examines the standards evolution to support higher bandwidth and additional use cases. Finally, it also explains how Achronix FPGA technology can be utilized by developers to meet the fundamental challenge facing them.

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Speedster7t FPGA Datasheet (DS015) The Achronix 7nm Speedster7t 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. 1.10 Download
Speedcore eFPGA Datasheet (DS012)

Achronix Speedcore embedded FPGA (eFPGA) IP includes look-up-table, memory, and DSP blocks. Each of these blocks are designed to be modular to allow the definition any mix of resources required for a custom 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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PCIe Enumeration of Speedster7t FPGAs (AN027)

This Application Note provides the steps to attain enumeration from a non-enumerated device with a PCIe interface and from an already enumerated device.

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Migrating to Achronix FPGA Technology (AN023)

Many users transitioning to Achronix FPGA technology are familiar with existing FPGA solutions from other vendors. Although Achronix technology and tools are similar to existing FPGA technology and tools, there are some differences. Understanding these differences is necessary to achieving the very best performance and quality of results (QoR).

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Coding Guidelines for Speedcore eFPGAs (AN003)

This application note details certain specific design elements that, with certain coding constructs and constraints, can improve timing performance or lower resource utilization.

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Runtime Programming of Speedster FPGAs (AN025)

This application note demonstrates changing the I/O ring configuration registers of a Speedster FPGA while in user mode.

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Understanding ACE Timing Reports (AN024)

Accurate timing constraints and proper understanding of timing analysis reports are critical to successful FPGA design projects. This application note introduces ACE users to the structure of ACE timing reports generated during an ACE place-and-route run.

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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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Accelerated Network Infrastructure Code Product Brief (PB037)

The Achronix Accelerated Networking Infrastructure Code (ANIC) is a modular suite of SmartNIC IP blocks optimized for Speedster®7t FPGAs and the VectorPath® Accelerator Card, offering high-performance networking for application acceleration.

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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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Real-Time ASR Accelerator for Data Centers (PB036)

A real-time automatic speech recognition (ASR) accelerator for data centers, featuring industry-leading WER, concurrent real-time streams, and lowest latency — all running on a single VectorPath accelerator card.

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VectorPath S7t-VG6 Accelerator 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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Speedster7t Pin Connectivity User Guide (UG084)

This user guide lists each of the I/O pin groups available in the Speedster7t 7t1500 device, their functionality and recommended connection guidelines.

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Speedster7t SerDes User Guide (UG099)

This product guide describes the function and operation of the Achronix Speedster7t FPGA SerDes for multi-standard applications and custom configurations.

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Speedster7t Soft IP User Guide (UG103)

This document describes the available soft IP cores and the methods for configuration and instantiation of each.

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ACE User Guide (UG070)

This guide is a reference manual for 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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ACE Installation and Licensing Guide (UG002)

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

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