In virtualization environments, general Network Interface Controller (NIC) cards can no longer satisfy the evolving needs of applications. Inventec X250 SmartNIC solution offers dual port 25G high speed connectivity in a full-height, half-length and single-width PCIe form factor, combining a controller that is based on Broadcom® StingrayTM SmartNIC SoC family with an integrated ARM CPU, and an Intel® Arria® 10 FPGA. It can be tailored to add specific acceleration applications, or even fulfill unique functions that are yet to be seen in today's architecture. Most importantly, X250 offers flexibility that is not constrained by the existing hardware infrastructure. The programmability makes X250 adaptable with the growth of your business, open to all the possibilities in application of network acceleration, smart security, software define storage, network function virtualization (NFV), among others.
Flexibility, Programmability, and High Performance : In X250, the FPGA gets its own PCIe channels, connecting to both the ARM and the host x86 CPU. Performance can be extracted from it if treating the NIC and the FPGA as two independent devices with two PCIe x8 bifurcated from the x16 slot. The FPGA offers programmability and high performance, while the ARM runs embedded Linux - new features can be added-in to either or both of them, providing great flexibility. You can even make prototypes in the ARM and then migrate to the FPGA to gain better performance! X250 series is generally customizable to accelerate features in SDN, 5G RAN, and edge computin