Altera Arria 10, NVIDIA TK1-SOM for TFLOP Computing

RARE technology brings together high performance computing, ease of programmability, low cost, and commercial I/O flexibility in a modular, open systems and standards architecture to realize uniquely scalable and widely configurable, high-speed embedded processing solutions for the development of radar, EW, SIGINT, and communication systems.


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  • Unmanned Aerial Systems/Unmanned Ground Systems (UAS/UGS)
  • Sensor and Navigation Processing
  • General Purpose/Digital Signal Processing
  • Radar Receiver/Exciter
  • Digital Array Processing & Beamforming
  • Electronic Warfare/Attack Systems
  • SIGINT (ELINT, COMINT, etc.) Systems


  • Up to 384 GPU cores (NVIDIA Kepler™ GPU with 192 NVIDIA CUDA® cores per TK1-SOM
  • NVIDIA quad-core ARM® Cortex™ – A15 CPUs 2.07 GHz
  • FPGA: Altera Arria 10, 10AX115U3F45E2SGE3 with 2-Link, 4GB Hybrid Memory Cube. Arria 10 capable of 1333 GFLOPS.
  • Provides 3D connectivity via PCIe, LVDS, and SerDes with 112.8 GB/sec of bandwidth available per module
  • Employs onboard current limiting circuitry and fused temperature monitoring chip.
  • Additional I/O support available via Gigabit Ethernet (one per TK1), USB3, JTAG, and USB-to-UART (RARE GPU).
  • 2 HDMI ports (One per TK1)
  • Anti-tamper features available


Standard 3DR Microcontroller Interface

  • Controls power-on and power-down sequencing
  • Monitors voltages and reports faults over 12C bus
  • Monitors current, e-fuse shut-down, and reports over I2C bus
  • Monitors board, APU, GPU, FPGA, and PCIe Switch temperature over I2C bus (external sensor available)
  • On board EEPROM for data storage and logging (write protect available)
  • FPGAs and CPLD programmable over JTAG Bus (for applicable modules with FPGAs and CPLD)


  • Power Consumption: 12V @ 15 Amps (Subject to FPGA Loading)
  • Supply Options: 12V Power Cable
  • Additional Power Features: e-fuse/continuous power monitoring

*Contact CEI for available standard and tailored configurations, part numbers and ordering information.


  • Board dimensions: 6.25” L x 6.25” W
  • Dimensions with connectors: 6.668” L x 6.668” W
  • Distance between boards (stacked, board-to-board): 1.1”
  • Weight: TBD

General Characteristics

  • Processors: ARM® Cortex – A15 (2.0GHz
  • DDR3: 2GB/4GB/8GB at 1600MHz*
  • Boot Flash: 16GB/32GB eMMC
  • Graphics Processing Unit: 192 NVIDIA CUDA
  • FPGA: Altera Arria 10 10AX115U3F45E2SGE3*
  • 1GB EPCQL for different configurations
  • JTAG Programmable
  • 2-Link HMC: 4GB at 120 GB/s


  • Operating Temperature: 0° to +50°C
  • Storage Temperature: (est) -40° to +85°C
  • Cooling: air flow recommended; FPGA application dependent
  • Relative Humidity: 10 to 90% non-condensing
  • Shock/Vibration: please contact CEI for configuration options

External Interfaces

  • 1G Ethernet ports: 1**
  • USB 3.0 Host ports: 4**
  • PCI-e (Gen2 or Gen3)
  • Y1, Y2 Connectors: PCIe (Switch); LVDS (FPGA); Serdes (FGPA)
  • X1, X2 Connectors: PCIe (Switch); LVDS (FPGA); Serdes (FGPA)
  • Z1, Z2 Connectors: PCIe (Switch); LVDS (FPGA); Serdes (FGPA)
  • USB-to-UART
  • USB-A 2.0**
  • 2x HDMI**
  • SMA (1in, 1out for FPGA)**One per each Tegra K1 installed

**One each per TK1-SOM installed.