1 Reply Latest reply on May 19, 2011 8:06 AM by Felix_M

    Intel E6x5C (FPGA)

    Community Member

      I have a couple questions about the new Intel Atom processors with the Altera FPGA technology.

       

      Is there a protocol for the FPGA to evaluate the instructions of the CPU?
      Is it possible to program the FPGA to filter out a specific CPU instruction in real time?

       

      I am new to this, and I am trying to get a better understanding of what this FPGA is capable of.

      Any help at all is appreciated.

        • Re: Intel E6x5C (FPGA)
          Felix_M BlackBelt

          Hello and welcome to the Intel® Embedded Community.

           

          The Intel® Atom™ processor E6x5C series packages an Altera Arria II GX FPGA on the same die as an Atom E6xxx processor.  While there are many benefits to this integration, not the least of which are lower component count, board space, and cost, this product is a functional equivalent of separate Atom E6xxx processor and external FPGA components interfaced via PCIe. Combining the two components on the single die does not provide any "special hooks" from the FPGA into the CPU, it is still a PCIe interface.  You might want to check out this blog below for a good introduction.  Within the blog are links to more detailed technical specs.

           

          http://embedded.communities.intel.com/community/en/hardware/blog/2010/12/10/roving-reporter-fpga-intel-atom-configurable-processor

           

          I hope this helps.

           

          Felix

           

          J. Felix McNulty

          Community Moderator

          Intel® Embedded Community

          (Intel contractor)