Xilinx Combos DRAM With Its FPGAs

The integration of high-bandwidth memory and FPGAs will be significant for applications in which FPGAs are used for acceleration, such as in data centers.

November 11, 2016

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SAN JOSE, Calif. -- Xilinx, Inc. unveiled some details of its new 16nm Virtex UltraScale+ FPGAs with HBM and CCIX technology.

These high-bandwidth memory (HBM) enabled FPGAs offer 20X higher memory bandwidth relative to a DDR4 DIMM and 4X less power per bit versus competing memory technologies, the company claimed.

The new devices are architected to support the higher memory needs of compute-intensive applications such as machine learning, Ethernet connectivity, 8K video, and radar. They also contain CCIX IP, enabling cache-coherent acceleration to any CCIX-enabled processor to address compute acceleration applications.

"In package integration of DRAM represents a massive leap forward in memory bandwidth for high end FPGA-enabled applications," said Kirk Saban, senior director of FPGA and SoC Product Management at Xilinx. "HBM integration in our industry leading devices provides a clear path to multi-terabit memory bandwidth and our acceleration enhanced technology will enable efficient heterogeneous computing for our customers' most demanding workloads and applications."

Based on the 16nm Virtex UltraScale+ FPGA family, which started sampling in 2015, the HBM-optimized Virtex UltraScale+ products offer the lowest-risk approach to HBM integration. The family is built using 3rd generation CoWoS technology, which was co-developed by TSMC and Xilinx.

Xilinx Inc. (Nasdaq: XLNX)

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