proFPGA duo SG280 Prototyping System


Technical highlights

  • Scaleable up to 40 M ASIC gates capacity on one board
  • Modular with up to 2 x Intel® Stratix® SG280 FPGAs
  • Up to 2052 signals for I/O and inter FPGA connection
  • Up to 16 individually adjustable voltage regions
  • Up to 1.0 Gbps single ended point to point speed

ASIC Prototyping Solution

Product Summary
The proFPGA duo SG280 system is a complete and modular multi FPGA solution, which meets highest requirements in the area of FPGA based Prototyping. It addresses customers who need a scalable and flexible high speed ASIC Prototyping solution for early software development and real time system verification. The innovative system concept offers highest flexibility and reusability, reconfigurability for several projects, which guarantees the best return on invest.

Highest Flexibility
The system architecture is based on a modular and scalable system concept. The FPGAs are assembled on dedicated FPGA modules, which will be plugged on the proFPGA uno, duo or quad mother board. This offers the highest flexibility to use for example different FPGA types in one system or to scale a system in increments of one FPGA. The user has access to almost all I/Os of the FPGA, which gives him maximum freedom regarding the FPGA inter connection structure. This way the prototyping system can be adapted in the best way to any user design. Furthermore the system offers a total of 16 extension sites on the top and bottom site for standard proFPGA or user specific extension boards like DDR4 memory, PCIe gen1/2/3, Gigabit Ethernet, USB 3.0 or other high performance interface and interconnection boards.

Maximum Performance
The well designed boards of the proFPGA system are optimized and trimmed to guarantee best signal integrity and to achieve highest performance. The high speed boards together with specific high speed connectors allow a maximum point to point speed of up to 1.0 Gbps single ended over the standard FPGA I/O and up to 17.4 Gbps differential over the high speed serial transceivers of the FPGA. This performance combined with the high interconnection flexibility allows the designer to run his design at maximum speed in the proFPGA system.

Biggest Capacity
Equipped with up to two Intel® Stratix® 10 SG280 FPGA modules, the proFPGA duo system can handle up to 40 M ASIC gates on only one board. Due to the fact, that multiple proFPGA quad or duo systems can be connected to an even larger system, there is an unli- mited scalability and no theoretical maximum in capacity.

Very User Friendly
The proFPGA prototyping system provides an extensive set of features and tools, like remote system configuration, integrated self and performance test, automatic board detection, automatic I/O voltage programming, system scan and safety mechanism, which simplifies the usage of the FPGA based system tremendously.



  • Up to 2 x Intel® Stratix® 10 SG280 FPGA Modules



  • Up to 40 M ASIC gates on one board (20 M ASIC gates per FPGA Module)


FPGA-internal memory

  • Up to 458 Mbit on one board (229Mbit per FPGA Module)


Signaling rate

  • Up to 1.0 Gbps single ended (standard I/O)/ up to 17.4 Gbps differential


Extension sites

  • Up to 16 extension sites with high speed connectors


I/O resources

  • Overall 2052 signals for I/O and inter FPGA connection
  • 1026 free I/Os per FPGA Module
  • 4x141 I/Os to top side connectors
  • 3x141 I/Os and 1x39 to bottom side connectors
  • Single-ended or differential


High Speed I/O transceivers

  • 48 dedicated high speed serial transceivers running up to 17.4 Gbps
  • 24 high speed serial transceivers per FPGA Module


FPGAs interconnections

  • Flexible via high-speed interconnection boards or cables


Voltage regions

  • 16 individually adjustable I/O voltage regions
  • 8 individually adjustable voltage regions per FPGA Module
  • Stepless from 1.2 up 1.8V
  • Automated detection of daughter card and adjustment of right voltage



  • Flexible via high-speed interconnection boards or cables


Voltage Regions

  • 16 individually adjustable I/O voltage regions
  • 8 individually adjustable voltage regions per FPGA Module
  • Stepless from 1.2V up to 1.8V on 8 extension sites
  • Automated detection of daughter card and adjustment of right voltage



  • 108 differential external clock inputs
  • 54 differential clock inputs per FPGA Module
  • 6differential clock inputs per connector
  • Run-time configurable local clocks
  • 6 global clock and sync signal inputs per motherboard
  • Fully synchronous derived clocks with sync signals



  • With host software via Ethernet, USB 2.0, PCIe or standalone over USB stick or JTAG


Data exchange

  • On board DMBI (Device Message Box Interface)
  • Data exchange rate:
  • Ethernet (up to 100 Mbps)
  • USB (480 Mbps)
  • PCIe (up to 3.5 Gbps)



  • External (optional) ATX Power Supply (12 V, 24 - 35 A output)



  • 5.91" x 0.95" x 12.20" / 150 mm x 24 mm x 310 mm (width x height x depth)
  • 1.5 kg weight

System Architecture



proFPGA duo Intel® Stratix® 10 SG280 FPGA Prototyping System Configurations
 proFPGA duo SG280 FM1proFPGA duo SG280 FM2
Extension Sites816
FPGA Modules12
FPGATypeIntel® Stratix® 10 SG280Intel® Stratix® 10 SG280
Logic Capacity (ASIC Gates)20 M40 M
FPGA Memory229 Mbit458 Mbit
I/O Resources10262052
High Speed I/O Transceivers2448
Adjustable Voltage Regions816
Clock Inputs52 + 6104 + 6
Global Clocks6/x-derived68/x-derived



FPGA Mixing Technology (FMT)

  • Easy plugging and unplugging of FPGA modules on motherboard
  • Various FPGAs from different vendors can be used
  • Automatic scanning and detection of FPGA modules, when plugged
  • Different FPGA configurations are handled and controlled by profpga Messenger


Smart Stacking Technology (SST)

  • Automatic Board detection when boards are plugged
  • Automatic and right I/O voltage setting and programming with conflict detection
  • Integrated interconnection self and performance test
  • Smart I/O resource management. No I/O resources get lost or get blocked by connectors


Device Message Box Interface (DMBI)

  • High speed, low latency data exchange system
  • Enables various use modes like remote system configuration and monitoring and debugging
  • Up to 3.5 Gbps data transfer rate
  • Runs over USB, Ethernet or PCIe


Advanced Clock Management (ACM)

  • The proFPGA system uses an innovative dual-stage clock generator architecture. Each proFPGA motherboard is capable of distributing up to 8 true asynchronous master beats. Each master beat may be used to derive a virtually unlimited number of clock domains inside the FPGAs. With the unique proFPGA synchronization scheme, clock domains and associated reset signals can be generated fully phase-synchronous over all FPGAs on the motherboard and over multiple motherboards.

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