How eFPGA Future-Proofs Data Centers

Data centers can now future-proof themselves by incorporating chips that deliver the flexibility they need in the long run.   

FREMONT, CA: With the technology at a crossroads, data centers have become the sweet spot of the technology vendors, showing strong revenue growth and attracting new system solutions in both hardware and software wings. The dynamism of growing markets has forced data center designers to move away from customized hardware architectures towards commoditized hardware with high port counts, high performance, and low power consumption. This approach supports scalability and redundancy while minimizing cost and the need to expand or renovate the installed plant and its associated infrastructure. As a result, data centers are looking at ways to future proof their infrastructure, and there enters FPGA. 

Data centers use thousands of chips, including arm processors, networking processors, and network interface chips (NICs). These chips are expensive to make, and these costs are shared with the data centers over time. What’s been needed here is FPGA that is flexible, scalable, low cost, and high-performing. Here comes embedded FPGA (eFPGA), which is entrenched directly onto chips and is reconfigurable. This allows eFPGA to provide higher performance at lower power. 

eFPGA also delivers noteworthy performance benefits, especially with regards to the bandwidth the FPGAs can have with the rest of the chips. Even a small eFPGA can have 1,000 inputs and 1,000 outputs with data rates greater than 500MHz in 28nm or more in 16/14nm. eFPGA can provide parallel processing that significantly improves performance over the serial processing of MPUs. Its reconfigurability allows eFPGA to accelerate more than one task as workloads require. This added performance is critical in data centers. The ability to accelerate critical code is something that chip designers should be evaluating today, and this is what data center operators should be asking for in their chips.

Being more programmable and reconfigurable helps data centers to keep up with the constantly changing standards and protocols. Previously, data centers had to wait for new hardware and chips to meet these new requirements. This is all changing with eFPGA, and data centers will soon be able to quickly and seamlessly stay meet the rising bandwidth demands.

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