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Altera Stratix® V FPGA PCIe Board

Supplier: Dedicated Systems Australia

BittWare has announced their S5-PCIe-HQ (S5PH-Q) PCIe COTS board populated with the Altera Stratix V GSMD5 device has been specially priced for use with Altera's Software Development Kit (SDK) for OpenCL.


The S5PH-Q is a half-length PCIe card based on Altera's high-performance 28-nm Stratix V FPGAs, providing a versatile and efficient solution for high-performance network processing, signal processing, and data acquisition.

The S5PH-Q GSMD5 is available now for Altera OpenCL Early Access Program (EAP) customers, along with BittWare's BittWorks II Toolkit and Altera's SDK for OpenCL, creating an ideal platform for Stratix V-based OpenCL development. Future Altera SDK support for BittWare's S5PH-Q will include both the Altera Stratix V GSMD8 and GXMA7 devices.

Benefits of OpenCL for FPGAs:

  • Faster time-to-market using the OpenCL C-based parallel programming language as opposed to low-level hardware description language (HDL)
  • Quick design exploration by working at a higher level of design abstraction
  • Easy design re-use by re-targeting existing OpenCL C code to current and future FPGAs
  • Faster design completion by generating an FPGA implementation of OpenCL C code in a single step, bypassing the manual timing closure efforts and implementation of communication interfaces between the FPGA, host, and external memories
  • Increased performance by offloading performance-intensive functions from the host processor to the FPGA
  • Significantly lower power by using the Altera SDK for OpenCL which generates only the logic needed to deliver the required application

BittWare's OpenCL Development Support includes:

  • BittWare S5-PCI-HQ Altera Stratix V GSMD5 half-length PCIe board with two banks of 4GByte DDR3 SDRAM
  • BittWare BittWorks II Toolkit application development software for BittWare COTS boards
  • BittWare Breakout Board (BWBO) providing front panel access to signals and interfaces on the S5PH-Q (two RS-232 connectors, an RJ-45 Ethernet jack, and a micro-USB shell that are all accessible via the front panel)
  • Altera Quartus® II software
  • Altera SDK for OpenCL available from Altera for their OpenCL EAP customers
  • Altera USB Byte Blaster to download configuration or program data into the Stratix V