Flexible Multi-port Ethernet Intel® Agilex Based SmartNIC
The Silicom FPGA SmartNIC N6010/N6011 is a high-performance OEM hardware platform intended for hardware acceleration for mobile 4G and 5G Baseband Units or Distributed Units with two QSFP28 modules. Example: supports up to 4 100MHz carriers Radio Units via 4x 25G eCPRI/CPRI with SFP28 modules, as well as interfacing to a Grand master via QSFP28 at 10/25G.
The card is based on an Intel® Agilex AGFB014, which embeds a Hard Processor System (HPS) with four 64-bit Application Processing Units (ARM Cortex-A53) along with a powerful Programmable Logic part.
The design is set to work in ORAN LLS-C1, C2 and C3 with the intention to be utilized with a 4G/5G IP stack interfacing at 3GPP functional split options 6 for CPRI or 7.2x for eCPRI.
The Silicom FPGA SmartNIC N6011 is supported by the Intel® Open FPGA Stack (OFS). The Intel OFS FPGA Interface Manager (FIM) provides a common developer interface to both application and acceleration function developers and includes drivers, Application Programming Interfaces (APIs) and an FPGA factory image.
Silicom validates each FPGA SmartNIC N6010/N6011 to support large scale deployments requiring FPGA acceleration. This platform is targeted for market-specific acceleration in applications listed below:
- 4G/5G Acceleration & Integration
(e.g., vRAN, O-RAN, UPF, CSR, MEC)
- NFV (e.g., Contrail, OVS, SRv6)
- Media Production (e.g., SMPTE ST 2110, NDI)
- VNF (e.g., IPsec, vFirewall)
- High-Performance Computing