Intel Expands FPGA Product Line with Six New Programmable Platforms

Intel’s Programmable Solutions Group (PSG) is expanding its FPGA product range by introducing six new programmable platforms, catering to different types of customers and workloads. The highlight of this announcement is the Intel Agilex 3 FPGA series, which offers power and cost-optimized FPGAs in compact form factors.

The Agilex 3 B-series FPGAs are designed with higher I/O density in compact form factors, making them ideal for board and system management, including server platform management applications. On the other hand, the Agilex 3 C-series FPGAs provide supplementary capabilities, suitable for a broad range of complex programmable logic devices (CPLD) and FPGA applications across various industries. Intel plans to make the Agilex 3-series FPGAs available soon.

Another addition to the lineup is the Intel Agilex 5 FPGA E-series, built on the 2nd Generation Hyperflex FPGA architecture. These FPGAs are tailored for embedded edge applications, offering high performance efficiency. With Intel’s own manufacturing technology, these FPGAs deliver 1.6 times higher performance per watt compared to competing FPGAs. Additionally, the Agilex 5 E-series integrates an AI tensor block, making it suitable for edge AI tasks. Sampling of these parts will begin in Q1 2024, with a system simulator available in late 2024.

Intel has also started shipping its Agilex 7 FPGAs with the R-Tile chiplet, offering a PCIe 5.0 interface with the CXL protocol. These FPGAs allow for the quick implementation of programmable accelerators that benefit from higher bandwidth and lower latencies.

In addition to the FPGA announcements, Intel shared that the first commercial product based on its F2000X infrastructure processing unit platform, the Napatech F2070X IPU, is now shipping. This product features two 100 GbE ports and is powered by the Agilex AGFC023 FPGA and an Intel Xeon D SoC.

Lastly, Intel introduced the Nios V/c compact microcontroller, which is a soft-core IP based on the RISC-V architecture. It can be programmed using Intel’s Quartus Prime Pro software.

These new additions to Intel’s FPGA product range highlight the company’s commitment to expanding its offerings and providing solutions for a wide range of applications in various industries.

Sources: Intel PSG, Intel Agilex 3 Series, Intel Agilex 5 E-series, Intel Agilex 7 FPGAs, Napatech F2070X IPU, Nios V/c compact microcontroller.