Nallatech Introduces BenONE-PCIe PCI Express FPGA Computing Platform

Nallatech, the domain expert in high-performance FPGA computing solutions, announces the introduction of its first PCI Express computing platform incorporating Xilinx Virtex-5 technology. The BenONE-PCIe(TM) provides users with a low cost FPGA carrier card featuring an onboard Xilinx Virtex-5 FPGA, high bandwidth 8-lane PCI Express host interface and DIME-II(TM) expansion module slot – a powerful COTS platform ideal for FPGA application development and deployment.

The inclusion of PCI Express capability within Nallatech’s award winning DIME-II product portfolio addresses the growing market requirement for increased host bandwidth and flexibility. The onboard DIME-II expansion module slot supports a wide range of high performance analog and digital I/O interfaces, memory types and Xilinx User FPGAs from Nallatech’s extensive COTS product range. This market-leading product, delivered complete with software, drivers and IP cores delivers an easy to use, low risk solution, addressing the requirements of many demanding applications within the defense and security markets.

“PCI Express is undoubtedly emerging as the dominant PC bus standard for the next decade, as is being illustrated by initiatives such as Geneseo® from Intel®,” said Stephen Lynas, VP Marketing of Nallatech. “The BenONE-PCIe, which will be shipping in Q407, allows our customers to take advantage of the PCI Express bus standard providing higher performance, increased flexibility and scalability as well as providing a seamless migration path for next-generation FPGA systems.”

“With the FPGA industry’s first built-in PCI Express Endpoint, Virtex-5 FPGAs give designers an off-the-shelf solution that saves time, reduces power consumption and frees up valuable FPGA fabric resources,” said Per Holmberg Marketing Director, Programmable Digital Systems Marketing, at Xilinx. “The hardened PCI Express core saves users up to 10,000 LUTs and two watts of power as compared to soft IP core implementations so that designers can focus their time and efforts developing their own IP.”

“FPGA accelerator designs delivered on the PCI Express interconnect allow the industry to provide increased performance capability to Intel server platforms,” said Ajay Bhatt, Intel Fellow in the Digital Enterprise Group and chief I/O architect. “We look forward to working further with Nallatech and other ecosystem vendors to promote accelerator availability, supporting our drive to make Intel Architecture the industry’s platform of innovation.”

About Nallatech
Nallatech is the world’s leading supplier of high-performance COTS FPGA Solutions. Nallatech designs and manufactures high-performance FPGA embedded products, in form factors such as PCI, VME, cPCI, PCIe, PCI-X and PCI-104. Customers benefit from lower costs, reduction in size, weight and power and improved performance. Headquartered in Glasgow, Scotland, its wholly-owned subsidiary Nallatech Inc. has U.S. Headquarters in Baltimore and Regional offices in San Jose, Los Angeles, Philadelphia and Boston. Nallatech has six operating locations worldwide and international partner sales offices in seven countries.