Altera Demonstrates Industry's First QPI 1.1 FPGA Home Agent for Enhanced Server Capabilities

  Altera Demonstrates Industry's First QPI 1.1 FPGA Home Agent for Enhanced
                             Server Capabilities

Demo Features Stratix V FPGA Configured to Extend Co-processing for Intel

PR Newswire

SAN JOSE, Calif., April 10, 2013

SAN JOSE, Calif., April 10, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --IDF Beijing, China --Altera
Corporation (NASDAQ: ALTR) today announced the industry's first demonstration
of an FPGA Home Agent enabled by the Intel QuickPath Interconnect (QPI)
protocol 1.1. Connecting to Intel's Sandy Bridge XEON processors, the
demonstration leverages an Altera® Stratix® V FPGA configured as the Home
Agent, and it supports both the Caching Agent and Home Agent in a Pactron
Vigor Development Platform. This solution is ideal for designers of
low-latency signal-processing, packet processing and embedded applications,
such as high-frequency trading and big data that need higher computation
performance-per-watt than traditional CPU configurations can deliver. Altera
is demonstrating its QPI 1.1 intellectual property (IP) solution to support
both the Caching Agent and Home Agent in a Pactron Vigor Development Platform
at the Intel Developers Forum (IDF) Beijing April 10-11 in Altera's booth


QPI is the only way to coherently connect to an Intel server processor. The
Altera StratixV FPGA transceiver has been qualified to support the Intel QPI
electrical specification at 8 Gbps. Developers of low-latency, high-bandwidth
systems looking to extend the flexible shared memory model that Intel uses for
x86 programming can now efficiently integrate a Stratix V FPGA into their
systems. The Home Agent demo addresses 32 GB of memory on the motherboard
connected to the socket with support for two channels connecting to four 8 GB

"Our QPI 1.1 solution provides developers of data centers and high-performance
computing applications a platform to significantly increase their compute
performance while reducing system cost and power," said David Gamba, director
of the compute and storage product line at Altera. "FPGAs deliver a highly
effective, efficient way to speed the processing of large data sets through
parallel processing and accelerated data transfers."

Pactrondesigns and develops comprehensive and robust embedded systems that
provide storage, wireless, mobile, networked, audio video, and
internet-connectivity for OEM partners. The company delivers integrated
hardware and software platforms that are incorporated into end to end
solutions, providing its customers minimized risk, accelerated time-to-market,
reduced development costs, and enhanced design architecture.

The Altera Stratix V QPI 1.1 IP solution is available now. The Pactron Vigor
Development Platform is available now from Pactron. For more information,
please contact Altera Sales.

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