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Xilinx partnerships with Samsung, Kameleon yield products


Xilinx may be in the middle of an acquisition by AMD, but the partnerships and deals continue.

Most recently, Samsung and Xilinx have partnered to deliver the SmartSSD CSD flash drive, a compute-on-storage SSD device that uses a Xilinx FPGA to offload the processing work.

The SmartSSD CSD is a standard 2.5-inch (U.2) form factor solid state drive that looks like the standard SATA drive found in desktops and laptops but has a PCI Express 3×4 port. Starting capacity is 4TB with the ability to hold up to 12TBs of data or more when combined with accelerated transparent compression. The CSD has API-driven programmability because of the FPGA processor and new software libraries to enable faster computational storage development.

Up to 24 of the U.2 CSDs can fit into a 2U server for a total of 96TB of raw data, and more with compression. Xilinx says it can increase capacity up to three times the raw limit, depending on the type of data. This allows the drives to do the data processing instead of the CPU

Samsung claims the SmartSSD CSD accelerates data processing performance by 10x or more for applications such as database management, video processing, artificial intelligence layers, complex search, and virtualization.

“The industry is beginning to realize just how much the SmartSSD CSD will be able to boost performance in the data center and far beyond, and with the latest Xilinx tools for application development we anticipate dramatic growth in a wealth of acceleration applications,” said Jim Elliott, corporate senior vice president of memory sales and marketing at Samsung Semiconductor, in a statement.

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