AMD adapts ACAP for A&D and T&M markets

Part of the 7nm Versal Adaptive Compute Acceleration Platform (ACAP) portfolio, Versal Premium with AI Engines is optimized to meet the demands of signal processing-intensive applications in the aerospace and defense (A&D) and test and measurement (T&M) markets.

Versal Premium with AI Engines delivers a 4X increase in signal processing capacity and additional functionality, at reduced power and with a smaller footprint, compared to the prior generation 16nm Xilinx devices.

Versal Premium with AI Engines covers functions from A&D radar applications such as adaptive beamforming, to signal processing for RF machine learning applications like digital RF memory and direction finding.

Primary  use-cases include radar applications, signals intelligence, wireless system testing and wireless device testing.

The Versal Premium series eliminates I/O bottlenecks with up to 9Tb/s serial bandwidth, and offers significantly reduced size, weight and power through heterogeneous, power-optimized integration of hardened, ASIC-like cores such as 100G/600G Ethernet cores, 400G High-Speed Crypto Engines, DDR memory controller, and integrated PCIe Gen5 blocks.

By combining AI Engines with DSP Engines, users of Versal Premium with AI Engines devices can realize major performance gains compared to prior generation 16nm Xilinx devices and competing products on the market today.

The below chart highlights the performance gains for CINT16, FP32, and INT8 acceleration.


In the T&M market, Versal Premium with AI Engines addresses the growing demand for wireless testing as part of the global 5G rollout for applications like 5G protocol and production testing, as well as semiconductor automated test equipment.

In radar beamforming applications, the heterogenous compute engines enable 67% smaller footprint and up to 43% lower power with 2X beamforming performance.

Development  tools are provided  for a wide range of developers – Vivado ML for hardware developers and the  Vitis and Vitis AI development platforms for software developers and AI and data scientists.

Customers  have access to AI Engine tutorials and demo designs to help them get up and running more quickly.

The Versal Premium series with AI Engines is expected to begin shipping in the first half of next year.

Customers can start test driving now by prototyping using the existing Versal Premium and Versal AI Core Evaluation Kits and devices for which documentation and tools are available now. To

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