Alveo U30 Data Center Accelerator Card


Product Description

The Xilinx® Alveo™ U30 is a low-profile, PCIe-based media accelerator card that delivers a high-density real-time transcoding solution for live streaming video service providers, OEMs and Content Delivery Network (CDNs).

The U30 accelerator card is available as a part of the Xilinx Real-Time Video Server appliance reference architecture – High Channel Density edition -  through Xilinx’s channel of OEM and VAR partners.

Today’s video service providers are faced with the challenge of managing infrastructure costs while simultaneously improving customer quality of experience (QoE). Powered by the Zynq® UltraScale+™ MPSoC, a power-optimized all-programmable system-on-chip (SoC) with integrated video codec and graphics engines for ultra-high-definition video, the Alveo U30 supports both HEVC (H.265) & AVC (H.264) as well as 2 x 4K60/ 16 x 1080p30 simultaneous channels.

The Xilinx High Channel Density video appliance reference architecture is based on eight Alveo U30 accelerator cards and provides the lowest possible cost per channel and highest channel density in a single rack.  The appliance combines complete Docker container and Kubernetes management capabilities to enable easy scale-out deployments.

The Alveo U30 card is targeted at video workloads using FFmpeg, a leading multimedia framework. Xilinx has integrated key video transcoding plug-ins into FFmpeg, enabling simple hardware offloading of compute-intensive workloads.

Key Features & Benefits

Built for Performance & Efficiency

  • A single U30 card can deliver two simultaneous 4kp60 or 32x 720p transcodes
  • H.264 & H.265 support with 8/10bit HDR capability
  • Highest density and better compression efficiency over ASIC or GPU solutions

Adaptable with Ease of Integration

  • Adaptive Bit Rate Video Transcoding
  • FFmpeg Video Support: Free and open-source project used by developers and software workflows
  • Simple API based on industry standard FFmpeg framework



Accessible - Cloud <-> On-Premises Mobility

  • Built for scale out architectures for deployment solutions on the cloud or on-premises interchangeably


Board Specifications Alveo U301 Accelerator Cards
Architecture Zynq UltraScale+
FPGA 2 x XCU30
Logic Resources 460K
Video Transcodes per Card 2 x 4kp60, 8 x 1080p60, 16 x 1080p30, 32 x 720p30
Form Factor Single Slot & Low-Profile
DDR4 Memory 8GB
Video Codec Unit Hardened
Codecs H.264, HEVC
PCI Express PCIe Gen3 x 8, Dual PCIe Gen3 x 42
Thermal Solution Passive
Power (TDP)3 25W
Tool Flow4 FFmpeg


  1. Alveo U30 is not for sale as a stand-alone card. The card will be available as a turn-key real-time HD video transcoding appliance for evaluation from Xilinx or for sale through VARs. For more info please contact
  2. Servers will need to support bifurcation and have bifurcation enabled for the slot the U30 card is inserted into take advantage of both devices.
  3. TDP listed is for Video Transcode application
  4. Xilinx® Alveo™ U30 is targeted to run video workloads using FFmpeg, a leading open-source multimedia framework. There is no Vivado Design support to target the U30 card. Please refer to the Letter of Limitation posted here for more details.


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