Amazon AWS to Rely on Xilinx Ultrascale

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The cloud platform has been moving towards using FPGA in its hardware. The movement is somewhat slow, and there’s a reason for that. FPGA are reprogrammable, meaning that a chip that was once used for a certain process can be changed – or reprogrammed to meet the demands of another application, but there’s a drawback to FPGA. FPGA are notoriously difficult to program -it takes some time to write and debug the code. This may be the reason behind FPGA’s slow adoption within the industry.

Major super cloud computing platforms like Nimbix have already moved towards adopting FPGA for their recently.

Recently, a more well-known company, Amazon, has also announced a host of FPGA-enabled nodes on its cloud comping platform, AWS. The services are immediately available in the US East region and will be rolled out to other regional platforms in due time.

The new F1 instances will likely be used for the following applications:

  • High performance video compression, including HD and 4K video processing
  • Machine learning
  • Cloud based VR and AR

NGCodec’s RealityCodec technology runs on NGCodec AMI, which runs on Amazon EC2 F1 in the cloud. There are significant advantages of using this cloud-based platform:

  • Massive acceleration and efficiency compared to traditional CPU/GPU instances
  • Higher-quality video for live encoding
  • Lower running costs and flexibility / upgradability

Amazon has teamed up with Xilinx FPGA to bring about this new service. Here are the specs for the new FPGA:

  • Xilinx UltraScale+ VU9P  fabricated using a 16 nm process.
  • 64 GiB of ECC-protected memory on a 288-bit wide bus (four DDR4 channels).
  • Dedicated PCIe x16 interface to the CPU.
  • Approximately 2.5 million logic elements.
  • Approximately 6,800 Digital Signal Processing (DSP) engines.
  • Virtual JTAG interface for debugging.


Luxe Electronics is an independent distributor of electronic components. The company is based in Amesbury, MA. Luxe handles both FPGA RFQs and FPGA excess. To send a RFQ to the company, click here.

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