The HawkEye is a low-profile PCIe accelerator based on Altera’s Arria 10 FPGAs (Altera is now part of Intel). The platform boasts up to 18 GB DDR4 on-board memory, up to 4 SFP+ links for a maximum of 56 Gb/s, and a PCIe x8 Gen. 3 host interface. The Arria 10 FPGA provides up to 480K LEs and IEEE floating-point capability. The HawkEye’s memory scheme is composed of embedded SRAM memory, 1-2 GB DDR4, and up to 16 GB of DDR4 SoDIMM (only for boards with 480 devices). The DDR memory may be accessed via up to 48 parallel ports simultaneously.
The HawkEye accelerator board exhibits an impressive power efficiency, starting at less than 12W. The board is fortified by abundant I/O interface possibilities, including RS422, Opto-coupler, external clock, LVDS, LVTTL (3V), and 30V/0.9A output. The HawkEye can operate as a PCIe-based platform or as a stand-alone compute accelerator. The system has been designed for exceptional high reliability with an MTBF beyond 1 million hours.
The HawkEye is supported by Gidel’s unique proprietary tools for developing on FPGA. These tools offer a solution that is unique in the market and can be used together with Intel’s design tools to achieve unmatched development efficiency and efficacy. The Gidel development tools suite includes Gidel’s Developer’s kit as well as OpenCL BSP and HLS (i++) ASP based on Intel’s SDK.