August 13, 2008

XtremeData Demonstrates Xeon QuickAssist Acceleration of MATLAB on Altera Stratix III FPGAs

Altera Corporation (Nasdaq:ALTR) and XtremeData will be demonstrating an easy-to-use accelerator solution based on the MATLAB(R) environment and the graphical block diagramming oriented Simulink(R) interface at the Intel Developer Forum '08 (IDF) being held in San Francisco, August 19-21, at Moscone Center West.

The solution allows Intel(R) Xeon-based algorithm developers to develop, simulate and verify their Altera Stratix(R) III FPGA-accelerated algorithms without having to understand hardware description languages. This push button solution is enabled by several interfaces and tools:

-- Intel's QuickAssist Technology: interfaces the Intel Xeon(R) operating system to the XtremeData accelerator module, which makes the development process easier for developers while enabling better end-products

-- Altera's DSP Builder: is integrated with Simulink to enable optimization of the hundreds of DSP blocks in the FPGA for algorithm acceleration

-- Altera's SOPC Builder and Avalon(R) Streaming interface/switch fabric: is used in the FPGA to integrate the data streaming in/out from Xeon memory to Simulink-generated logic blocks

-- XtremeData's Reference Design: is used as a starting point for software and hardware designers to short cut overall development time

This solution is comprised of these software components, the XtremeData XD2000i(TM) Xeon In-Socket Accelerator(TM) (ISA) and standard CPU server hardware.

Target applications include image and signal processing, radar, FFT filters, FIR filters and frequency conversion. This demo showcases a polyphase filter example that splits a signal into sub-bands, a function that is sometimes used in radar, MPEG and other types of signal processing.

See this demonstration at the Altera/XtremeData booth #727 in the I/O and Application Acceleration Community.

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