Xilinx SDAccel Development Environment for OpenCL, C, and C++, Achieves Khronos Conformance

First complete CPU/GPU-like development and run-time experience for FPGAs now OpenCL conformance compliant

Bangalore, January 14, 2015 Xilinx, Inc.  announced that the SDAccel™ development environment for OpenCL™, C, and C++ is now Khronos OpenCL 1.0 standard compliant. The OpenCL standard provides a uniform programming environment for software developers to write efficient, portable code enabling a rich range of algorithms to be easily accelerated on Xilinx FPGAs. SDAccel, the newest member of the SDx™ family, includes an architecturally optimizing compiler for OpenCL, C, and C++ and is proven to deliver up to 25X better performance/watt compared to CPUs or GPUs and 3X the performance and resource efficiency of other FPGA solutions.

SDAccel combines the industry’s first architecturally optimizing compiler supporting OpenCL, C, and C++ kernels, along with libraries, development boards, and a complete CPU/GPU-like development and run-time experience for FPGAs.

“We are excited to see Xilinx’s support for the OpenCL standard for parallel programming of heterogeneous systems. FPGAs are a natural fit for compute intensive algorithms where high throughput, low latency and low power are critical to meet system requirements,” said Neil Trevett, president of the Khronos Group and chair of the OpenCL working group. “Now the entire OpenCL design community can seamlessly take advantage of Xilinx FPGAs.”

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