01.02.2017 -


Intel® Stratix® 10-based High-Speed Multi FPGA Prototyping Solution

San Jose, 27 February 2017 – PRO DESIGN, a veteran in the E²MS and EDA industry, today announced the launch of its proFPGA quad SG 280 system, a new generation of its modular and scalable high-speed FPGA Prototyping solution based on the latest Intel® Stratix®10 FPGA technology.


Assembled with 4 pluggable Intel Stratix 10 SG280-based FPGA modules, the quad system offers a capacity of up to 80 M ASIC gates and up to 5 proFPGA quad systems with overall 20 FPGA modules, that can be easily connected to increase capacity up to 300 M ASIC gates. The proFPGA quad system has 32 extension sites, with a total of up to 4104 FPGA standard I/Os and 96 high speed serial transceivers, which offer a maximum flexibility for interconnections and for adapting standard proFPGA daughter boards or application specific extension boards like DDR4 memory, USB 3.0, SATA, GB Ethernet or PCIe Gen3/4.

The monolithic Stratix 10 FPGA technology combined with the compact proFPGA system architecture and the high-end PCB layout with length matched signal lines offers high signal integrity—it achieves an incredible system speed of up to 1GHz. The system achieves a single-ended point-to-point performance of up to 1.0 Gbps surpassing the standard I/Os, and performance of up to 17.4 Gbps with the transceivers.

The system is equipped with a smart mechanical construction for highly-efficient FPGA cooling, high robustness, and easy system handling. The high-speed proFPGA SG 280 system is fully compatible with the previous proFPGA generations. That means all proFPGA motherboards, FPGA modules, daughter cards and accessories can be used in combination with the new proFPGA SG 280 FPGA module. This offers existing proFPGA customers a high return on investment. Furthermore, it allows the user to mix and match the new Intel Stratix 10 FPGA technology with the previous Xilinx Virtex® 7, Virtex® UltraScale™ and Zynq™ FPGA technologies on the same motherboard.

The proFPGA system comes with the proFPGA Builder software, which provides an extensive set of features, like advanced clock management, integrated self- and performance testing, automatic board detection and I/O voltage programming, a system scan- and safety mechanism, and quick remote system configuration and monitoring through USB, Ethernet or PCIe, simplifying the usage of the proFPGA system tremendously.

"PRO DESIGN's proFPGA prototyping product family and its system concept is a great complement to Intel's latest and largest 14nm FPGA, the Stratix 10 GX2800," said Jordon Inkeles, director of product marketing, Intel Programmable Solutions Group. "By providing impressive levels of FPGA speed, performance, number of I/Os and capacity, Stratix 10 GX2800 and proFPGA customers will be able to leverage joint Intel and PRO DESIGN technologies to prototype and verify their latest and most sophisticated IP, ASIC and SoC designs."

"PRO DESIGN is thrilled about the release of its new generation of its FPGA-based Prototyping systems based on the first FPGAs using the Intel 14 nm process. We released proFPGA just 4 years ago, and today the products are installed and are successfully in use by over 100 customers in about 20 different countries. Our customers have adopted our system concept, which offers a great degree of flexibility and reusability," said Gunnar Scholl, CEO of PRO DESIGN. "With the release of an Intel Stratix 10-based FPGA Prototyping system we leverage the latest technology and can provide a reliable solution offering a higher system speed compared to the previous products. Our customers will benefit greatly from this new product generation, especially because they can combine and use it with their existing proFPGA products."

More Information

The proFPGA quad SG 280 system is available for early adopter customers in March 2017. The general availability will be in Q4 2017.

PRO DESIGN will demonstrate the proFPGA quad SG 280 system at the DVCon show in San Jose, California at booth #1102, from February 27 to March 1, 2017.

About proFPGA
The proFPGA product family is a complete, scalable, and modular multi-FPGA prototyping solution, which fulfills the highest needs in the areas of ASIC and IP Prototyping and presilicon software development. The proFPGA product series consists of different types of motherboards, various Xilinx Virtex® UltraScale™, Virtex® 7, Kintex® UltraScale™, Zynq™, and Intel® Stratix®-FPGA modules, a set of interconnection boards/cables, and a large range of daughter boards like DDR3/4 memory boards or high speed interface boards (PCIe Gen1/2/3/4, USB 3.0, Gigabit Ethernet, SATA, DVI, etc.). It addresses customers who need a scalable and flexible high performance FPGA-based prototyping solution for early software development and for IP/ASIC verification. The innovative system concept and technology offers best-in-class reusability across projects, guaranteeing the best return on investment.

The privately-held company was founded in 1982 and has 100 employees, with various facilities in Germany, France, and the US. PRO DESIGN has more than 34 years of experience in the EDA market, and as a provider in the E²MS market. PRO DESIGN has built extensive knowledge in the areas of FPGA board development, electronic engineering, FPGA design, high performance PCB design, construction, production, assembly and testing.

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