Born to Run: New Virtex UltraScale+ FPGA optimized for networking and storage acceleration

05-20-2020 11:30 AM

The exponential growth of data demands smart and adaptable network and data center solutions that deliver maximum throughput, high data-processing capability and the flexibility to adapt to evolving connectivity standards. To meet all of these requirements and more, we unveiled today the newest member in our UltraScale+ FPGA portfolio, the Xilinx Virtex UltraScale+ VU23P FPGA, delivering breakthrough performance for networking and storage applications. To quote “The Boss,” this new device is truly “Born to Run,” purpose-built with a unique mix of resources that enables highly efficient packet processing and scalable data bandwidth. The new VU23P FPGA delivers unparalleled performance with a powerful feature-set optimized for networking and storage acceleration.


The VU23P’s impressive specs include the highest ratio of look-up tables and embedded memory (block RAMs) to DSP slices in the Virtex UltraScale portfolio, enabling high-throughput processing within a fixed size and power envelope. It comes in packages as small as 35mmx35mm, delivering a lot of compute power in a small form factor, making it ideal for use in high-density server environments, including on SmartNICs. The device’s 58G PAM4 transceivers support up to 200G SmartNIC and network systems, with the latest connectivity capabilities—PCIe Gen 4—for maximum I/O bandwidth.

Here are a few of the applications that can reap dramatic benefits from VU23P FPGA acceleration:

  • SmartNICs: By offloading processing to FPGA-based SmartNICs, users can significantly boost server performance and reduce system-level TCO while enabling rapid feature innovation. SmartNICs with a Virtex UltraScale+ VU23P FPGA can enable up to 2x100G applications, depending on workloads. The small package options enable flexibility in building diverse solutions for use in high-density server farms.
  • NMVe-oF: NVMe over Fabrics, also known as NVMe-oF or non-volatile memory express over fabrics, is a protocol specification designed to connect hosts to storage across a network fabric using the NVMe protocol. The Virtex UltraScale+ VU23P enables increased acceleration of a variety of types of storage workloads including data compression, decompression, de-duplication and sequencer functionality while improving overall storage utilization and minimizing the burden on the CPU. With its small package sizes and PCIe Gen 4 compatibility, this new Virtex UltraScale+ FPGA offers unparalleled performance per square millimeter, creating flexibility in deployments and reducing overall TCO of storage systems.
  • Converged-access fronthaul: In wired communications, converged access fronthaul gateways allow all services to be carried across a single interface without compromising performance. The new VU23P FPGA enables different device “personalities” to be selected for each deployment within the network infrastructure, supporting a variety of standards including fronthaul over Ethernet, fronthaul over OTN and fronthaul over PON. Furthermore, the integrated PCIe Gen 4 IP provides a path to virtualize baseband processing for existing radios.

Smart designers of next-gen networking and storage systems will run (not walk) to beat out the competition in benefiting from this ground-breaking device. To learn more, check out