FPGA accelerator developer Bittware has launched a partner program designed to simplify and streamline deployment of applications across computing, networks and storage.
The increasing size and complexity of FPGAs is creating time-consuming, costly and resource-intensive processes to develop the customized Intellectual Property (IP) and board-level capabilities needed for specific applications, says the company, which is a subsidiary of Molex.
The programme supports existing and emerging IP providers with BittWare’s compute, network, storage and sensor processing accelerator technologies.
The first ten partners include Intel with its Agilex FPGAs and oneAPI software, EdgeCortix, an edge AI-focused fabless semiconductor company with a software-first approach, focused on delivering class-leading efficiency and low-latency for AI Inference and Megh Computing: provider of real-time, AI-based video analytics solutions. For networking IP core supplier Atomic Rules, application developers Enyx and Grovf and Ethernet/IP network infrastructure test provider Siama Systems have joined the programme as well as crypto IP developer Xiphera. For storage the partners include Eideticom, a developer of computational storage and IntelliProp, a provider of IP cores, ASIC design and verification services.
Bittware also provides hardware based on FPGAs from Xilinx and Achronix, although these are not mentioned in the launch of the programme.
In addition to shorter development times, the programme gives customers the opportunity to collaborate much earlier in the design process to meet the varying demands of powerful next-generation applications, such as artificial intelligence, machine learning inference, database acceleration, computational storage, 5G, test and measurement and security.
“BittWare is taking a leadership role in developing a partner program that empowers FPGA designers to access a robust ecosystem of proven IP cores, tools, frameworks and solutions from a centralized source,” said Craig Petrie, VP, Sales and Marketing of BittWare. “In doing so, we are uniquely positioned to close critical gaps in the FPGA design process while reducing risk and accelerating commercialization of innovative, high-performance applications.”
“We are excited to bring the power of EdgeCortix’s Dynamic Neural Accelerator IP to Intel Agilex FPGAs through the new BittWare Partner Program,” said Sakyasingha Dasgupta, Founder and CEO of EdgeCortix. “It’s a game changer on several levels in the AI acceleration market. Together with BittWare, we are delivering a complete solution, from servers to edge boxes, which can be used as ‘drop-in’ replacements for CPUs or GPUs, while improving the performance. From an end-customer perspective, the solutions are easily accessible to software engineers, using standard frameworks like PyTorch, TensorFlow and ONNX. While, from a performance perspective, our solutions deliver significantly lower inference latency on high-resolution streaming data with up to a 7X performance advantage compared to competing FPGA-based offerings.”
“IntelliProp is excited to be a part of the BittWare Partner Program to bring value to the storage and memory market by enabling quick-to-market, production-ready IP and reference designs targeting robust BittWare hardware platforms,” said Hiren Patel, CEO of IntelliProp. “We feel the IntelliProp NVMe bridge platforms will bring great benefit to our customers who are looking to implement compression, encryption, or other inline computational functions to solid state drive (SSD).”
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