Versal ACAP performs the real-time signal processing, including beamforming techniques used to increase network capacity.
5G requires beamforming, which allows multiple data streams to be transmitted simultaneously to multiple users using the same spectrum.
This is what enables the increase in 5G network capacity. Beamforming technology, however, requires significant compute density and advanced high-speed connectivity – on-chip and off-chip – to meet 5G’s low-latency requirements.
Adding to this, different system functional partition requirements and algorithm implementations lead to a wide range of processing performance and compute precision. It is extremely challenging for traditional FPGAs to optimally address this requirement while meeting thermal and system footprint constraints.
Versal ACAPs offer compute density at low power consumption to perform the real-time, low-latency signal processing demanded by beamforming algorithms.
The AI Engines, which are part of the Versal AI Core series, are comprised of a tiled array of vector processors, making them ideal for implementing the required mathematical functions offering high compute density, advanced connectivity, as well as the ability to be reprogrammed and reconfigured even after deployment.
The first Versal ACAP devices have been shipping to early access customers and will be generally available in the Q4 2020 timeframe.