New Mantaro Networks System on Module (SoM) features Intel® Agilex™ FPGA and Intel® Enpirion® power devices

Mantaro Networks has announced the Model HTK-HPCSOM-AGF System on Module (SoM) based on a 10 nm Intel® Agilex™ AGF 014 FPGA. The SoM targets developers of high-performance computing (HPC), high-speed Ethernet networking at data rates ranging from 10 to 400 Gbps, signal and image processing, and 5G wireless applications. Mantaro Networks is located in Germantown, Maryland and is a stone’s throw from Washington, DC, so it’s no surprise that the company’s repeat customers are intensely interested in these advanced, high-speed, data-centric applications.

The company has been working with Intel® (and previously Altera®) FPGAs for more than a decade. “There’s a simple reason for that,” says Jeremy Parsons, Mantaro’s CEO. “We have found that Intel is very interested in supporting design partners.” The company’s previous experiences with Intel and Altera FPGAs encouraged them to design an Intel Agilex FPGA into its latest SoM.

Mantaro joined the early access program for Intel Agilex FPGAs to stay one jump ahead of its competition. Parsons continues:

“Our customers are looking for faster and faster time to market with the latest FPGAs, so it’s critically important for us to stay on the leading edge of FPGA technology. We adopted the Intel® Arria® 10 FPGAs starting with engineering samples. We were also early adopters of Intel® Stratix® 10 FPGAs and SoC FPGAs, starting with engineering examples of the Intel Stratix 10 devices as soon as they came out. This is the third time that we’re getting into Intel’s latest generation FPGAs as quickly as possible [through the Intel Agilex FPGA early access program].”

A high-speed I/O connector on the Model HTK-HPCSOM-AGF SoM breaks out sixteen of the Intel Agilex FPGA’s high-speed transceivers, which are capable of operating at 28.9 Gbps in NRZ mode, or as eight transceivers capable of operating at 57.8 Gpbs using PAM4 signaling. A PCIe Gen4 x8 port from the Intel Agilex FPGA is also available on a separate I/O connector. In addition to the Intel Agilex FPGA, the SoM incorporates two slots for DDR4 DIMMs or RDIMMs, 4 Gbytes of DDR4 SDRAM, 16 Gbytes of eMMC Flash memory, and a micro SD card slot.

 

 

Mantaro Networks Model HTK-HPCSOM-AGF System on Module (SOM) is based on a 10 nm Intel® Agilex™ FPGA

 

The Mantaro HTK-HPCSOM-AGF SoM also makes extensive use of Intel® Enpirion® DC-DC step-down converters and other power devicess to generate most of the on-board power rails. Mantaro selected Intel Enpirion DC-DC step-down power converters because of their power efficiency and small board footprint. The company’s design team had developed a preference for these devices after using them in prior hardware designs.

Parsons elaborated: “We looked at the power-supply requirements and we realized we could do pretty much the entire thing with Intel. We like Intel Enpirion PowerSoC modules. Their power-to-volume ratio is very good. They have a really good feature set and the I2C telemetry and control seem to work pretty well on these devices. We have not had any layout issues at all. They [the DC-DC step-down converter modules] greatly improve the speed at which we can design [a board] and get a high quality product to market quickly. Whoever came up with this general line, I think they did a really good job.”

For this SoM design, the Mantaro design team also selected the new Intel Enpirion ED8401QI Digital Multi-Phase controller and the Intel Enpirion ET6160LI 70 A Power Stage ICs to generate the high-current, core power supplies for the SoM’s Intel Agilex FPGA. The Intel Enpirion ED8401QI digital multi-phase step-down controller is designed for non-isolated, high current DC/DC applications and one Intel Enpirion ED8401QI controller can control as many as four Intel Enpirion ET6160LI power stage devices. Combined, these power devices can accommodate load currents ranging from 40 A to more than 200 A, which is ample capacity for some of the most demanding applications.

The Intel Agilex FPGA family and Intel Enpirion DC-DC step-down converters and power devices are part of Intel’s broad and unmatched silicon portfolio designed to help you solve problems faster with better solutions.

 

For more information about the Mantaro Model HTK-HPCSOM-AGF SoM based on the Intel Agilex FPGA and Intel Enpirion power devices, please contact Mantaro Networks directly.

For more information about the Intel Agilex FPGA family and Intel Enpirion power devices, please contact your local Intel salesperson or go to www.Intel.com.

For more information about the Intel Enpirion ED8401QI Digital Multi-Phase Controller and Intel Enpirion ET6160LI 70 A Power Stage devices, see “Intel introduces multi-phase, step-down power controller and power stage devices for high-current loads including core rails from 40 A to more than 200 A.”

 

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