Alveo U280 Data Center Accelerator Card

Important Information 

While the Alveo U280 accelerator card is actively being supported for current users, the card is now being discontinued and AMD recommends that all new designs target other cards in the Alveo portfolio. Contact an AMD product specialist for any questions.


Product Description

AMD Alveo™ U280 Data Center accelerator cards are designed to meet the constantly changing needs of the modern Data Center. Built on the AMD 16nm UltraScale+™ architecture, Alveo U280 offers 8GB of HBM2 460 GB/s bandwidth to provide high-performance, adaptable acceleration for memory-bound, compute intensive applications including database, analytics, and machine learning inference. The U280 acceleration card includes PCI Express 4.0 support to leverage the latest server interconnect infrastructure for high-bandwidth host processors.

Alveo accelerator cards are adaptable to changing acceleration requirements and algorithm standards, capable of accelerating any workload without changing hardware, and reduce overall cost of ownership.

These production Alveo U280 Data Center Accelerator cards can be volume deployed in data centers or used for application development and prototyping. Only the U280 active cards include a USB for developers.

Alveo optional accessories extend the capabilities and access to Alveo data center acceleration cards. Accessories include power adapter cables and USB cables.

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Key Features & Benefits

Fast – Highest Performance

  • High performance compute resources combined with high bandwidth memory for over 8x improvement in database workload performance

Adaptable – Accelerate Any Workload

  • Database search to natural language processing to any workload using the same accelerator card. As workload algorithms evolve, use reconfigurable hardware to adapt faster than fixed-function accelerator card product cycles

Accessible – Cloud <-> On-Premises Mobility

  • Deploy solutions on the cloud or on-premises interchangeably, scalable to application requirements
Card Specifications U280 Production
Thermal Cooling Passive Active
INT8 TOPs (peak) 24.5 24.5
Width Dual Slot Dual Slot
Form Factor Full Height, 3/4 Length Full Height, Full Length
DRAM Memory
HBM2 Total Capacity 8GB 8GB
HBM2 Total Bandwidth 460GB/s 460GB/s
DDR Format 2x 16GB 72b DIMM DDR4 2x 16GB 72b DIMM DDR4
DDR Memory Capacity 32GB 32GB
DDR Total Bandwidth 38GB/s 38GB/s
SRAM Memory
Internal SRAM Capacity 41MB 41MB
Internal SRAM Total Bandwidth 30TB/s 30TB/s
PCI Express Gen4x8 with CCIX Gen4x8 with CCIX
Network Interfaces 2x QSFP28 (100GbE) 2x QSFP28 (100GbE)
Logic Resources
Look-up Tables (LUTs) 1,079,000 1,079,000
Maximum Total Power 225W 225W
Default Default Title Document Type Date
Getting Started

Alveo U280 Package File Downloads

The U280 Alveo Data Center accelerator card supports both Vivado design entry as well as a Vitis software platform. The Vivado flow is recommended for FPGA designers that want to use traditional design flows, such as RTL or HLx, while the Vitis software platform is recommended for SW developers. Select the Vitis or Vivado tab below for the steps to get started.

Vitis Design Flow

Select your options to obtain the matching download files

Alveo U280 Accelerator Card

Note: See AR33838 for details on Tools support for new and legacy platforms.

Vivado Design Flow

Develop Your Own Alveo U280 Accelerated Applications in Vivado


Xbflash2 Utility

The xbflash utility can help to flash a custom image onto a given Alveo card. Please check the detailed user guide at:

Description Links
RHEL/CentOS 7.8, 7.9 xrt_202210.2.13.466_7.8.2003-x86_64-xbflash2.rpm (zip)
RHEL 8.1, 8.2, 8.3, 8.4, 8.5 xrt_202210.2.13.466_8.1.1911-x86_64-xbflash2.rpm (zip)
Ubuntu 18.04.4 LTS, 18.04.5 LTS xrt_202210.2.13.466_18.04-amd64-xbflash2.deb
Ubuntu 20.04 LTS, 20.04.1 LTS, 20.04.2 LTS, 20.04.3 LTS xrt_202210.2.13.466_20.04-amd64-xbflash2.deb