LDA Technologies, an FPGA product design and manufacturing firm, today announced the release of LDA e4, the world’s first 25GbE capable networking enclosure for PCI Express compliant FPGA boards, piloting a new generation of data center devices specifically engineered for high-speed communication and financial FPGA applications.
In addition to being board-agnostic and effortless to the point of “plug-and-play”, LDA e4 comes with 48 high-speed ports (25 and 10GbE), Layer 1 replication (25 and 10GbE) and support for various CPUs and operating systems.
“One of the highlights of LDA e4 is the capability to expand the number of serial links available to network applications through repurposing PCI Express, FMC and SATA connectors,” said Vahan Sardaryan, CEO of LDA Technologies. “This feature allows an FPGA board with PCI Express x16, FMC and 4 QSFPs connectors to serve up to 48 individual network links, which for many applications means double or triple capacity without any additional cost.”
Other features offered by LDA e4 include designated precision power control, accurate reference clock source, per port signal monitoring tools, out-of-band management, internal USB ports for debug equipment, zero-configuration option: all these in a sleek 12-inch-deep 1U device that takes only half of the rack, leaving enough space for another LDA e4.
“Frankly, hosting an FPGA board is not why a rackable server is made, but it often becomes the reason why a server is bought,” Sardaryan said. “We hope to provide an alternative that is designed “by engineers for engineers” and can be so much more than just another server.”
The ability to use any PCI Express FPGA board within a purely FPGA-oriented device makes this product a good fit for IP core developers who already have existing systems and/or value the flexibility of selecting FPGA boards for their applications; and especially those who develop their IP cores for more than one FPGA platform.
“LDA e4,” says Sardaryan, “enables its users to preserve their current boards and code for as long as needed, provides them with great options to enhance their applications, and gives full flexibility to upgrade or switch FPGA platforms at any time.
“The sheer multitude of features introduced in LDA e4, the ease, cost efficiency and the fact that it is among the first 25GbE capable devices: all make it a strong contender for your next data center FPGA device.”
LDA Technologies is a privately held company headquartered in Toronto, Canada and specializing in high performance FPGA based platforms. LDA Technologies has been manufacturing products and providing consultancy services for customers since 2010.