The VectorPath accelerator card includes a full suite of Achronix's ACE development tools along with BittWare's board management controller and developer toolkit which includes the API, PCIe drivers, diagnostic self-test and application example designs to enable a rapid out-of-the-box experience.
The FPGAs support 4bit, 8bit and 16bit integers as well as FP16, FP24 and newer floating point formats such as Bfloat16, Block float 16 and Block float 12.
When asked why data center designers would not opt for PCIe cards that include dedicated ML/AI processors, which would likely outperform FPGAs at the tasks those processors were optimized for, Mensor said data center designers also value flexibility and need to address a variety of workloads in compression, security, encryption and database handling and having FPGA-based cards could address this as well as ML/AI loads that may yet differ from what some processors are optimized for.
First S7t-VG6 shipments are scheduled to begin early Q2 2020.
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