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Altera outs SDK, off-the-shelf boards for OpenCL

Posted: 08 May 2013 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:OpenCL? SDK? FPGA? data-parallel computing?

Altera Corp. has introduced its SDK for OpenCL and supported third-party production boards. The SDK for OpenCL enables software programmers to access the high-performance capabilities of programmable logic devices. Altera also announced a Preferred Board Partner Programme, allowing third-party board vendors to work closely with Altera to design optimised production boards based on Altera's programmable devices, the company indicated.

The availability of supported third-party boards through the Preferred Board Partner Programme and an SDK for OpenCL enables software programmers to easily target high-performance FPGAs using a high-level language. The company also said the SDK for OpenCL allows software programmers to take their OpenCL code and easily exploit the massively parallel architecture of an FPGA. Software programmers targeting FPGAs achieve higher performance at significantly lower power compared to alternative hardware architectures, added Altera.

The SDK for OpenCL is designed to increase system performance in highly data-parallel computing applications featured in financial, military, broadcast, medical and a variety of other markets. Altera's OpenCL solutions are supported by a robust ecosystem consisting of board partners, design partners, software tools and university collaboration. Altera and its partners provide the tools, hardware, libraries, reference designs and design resources necessary for developers to implement their OpenCL designs into FPGAs and reduce time-to-market.

The Altera Preferred Board Partner Programme for OpenCL ensures third-party production boards are optimised for current Altera device architectures. Initial preferred board partners included in the programme are BittWare, Nallatech and PLDA, with additional board partners to be added in the future.

The Altera SDK for OpenCL is available for download on Altera's website. The annual software subscription for the SDK for OpenCL is $995 for a node-locked PC licence.





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