Introduction to Versal Adaptive SoCs - 2024.1 English

Versal Adaptive SoC Design Guide (UG1273)

Document ID
UG1273
Release Date
2024-05-30
Version
2024.1 English

AMD Versal™ adaptive SoCs combine programmable logic (PL), processing system (PS), and AI Engines with leading-edge memory and interfacing technologies to deliver powerful heterogeneous acceleration for any application. The hardware and software are targeted for programming and optimization by data scientists and software and hardware developers. A host of tools, software, libraries, IP, middleware, and frameworks enable Versal adaptive SoCs to support all industry-standard design flows.

The Versal portfolio is the first platform to combine software programmability and domain-specific hardware acceleration with the adaptability necessary to meet today's rapid pace of innovation. The portfolio is uniquely architected to deliver scalability and AI inference capabilities for a host of applications across different markets—from cloud—to networking—to wireless communications—to edge computing and endpoints.

The Versal architecture has a wealth of connectivity and communication capability and a programmable network on chip (NoC) to enable seamless memory-mapped access to the full height and width of the device. AI Engines are SIMD VLIW vector processors for adaptive inference and advanced signal processing compute. The PL combines configurable logic blocks, memory, and DSP Engines architected for high-compute density. The PS includes Arm® Cortex®-A72 and Cortex-R5F processors for intensive compute tasks

The Versal AI Edge Series focuses on AI performance per watt for real-time systems in automated drive, predictive factory and healthcare systems, multi-mission payloads in aerospace & defense, and a breadth of other applications. More than just AI, the Versal AI Edge Series accelerates the whole application from sensor to AI to real-time control, all with the highest levels of safety and security to meet critical standards such as ISO26262 and IEC 61508.

The Versal AI Core Series delivers breakthrough AI inference acceleration and compute performance. This series is designed for a breadth of applications, including cloud for dynamic workloads and network for massive bandwidth, all while delivering advanced safety and security features. AI and data scientists, as well as software and hardware developers, can all take advantage of the high-compute density to accelerate the performance of any application.

The Versal Prime Series is the foundation and the mid-range of the Versal portfolio, serving the broadest range of uses across multiple markets. These applications include 100G to 200G networking equipment, network and storage acceleration in the data center, communications test equipment, broadcast, and aerospace & defense. The series integrates mainstream 58G transceivers and optimized I/O and DDR connectivity, achieving low-latency acceleration and performance across diverse workloads.

The Versal Premium Series provides breakthrough heterogeneous integration, very high-performance compute, connectivity, and security in an adaptable platform with a minimized power and area footprint. The series is designed to exceed the demands of high-bandwidth, compute-intensive applications in communications, data center, test & measurement, and other applications. The Versal Premium Series includes 112G PAM4 transceivers and integrated blocks for 600G Ethernet, 600G Interlaken, PCI Express® Gen5, and high-speed cryptography.

The Versal HBM Series enables the convergence of fast memory, adaptable compute, and secure connectivity in a single platform. The series is architected to keep up with the higher memory needs of the most compute intensive, memory-bound applications, providing adaptable acceleration for data center, communications, test & measurement, and aerospace & defense applications. Versal HBM adaptive SoCs integrate the most advanced HBM2e DRAM, providing high memory bandwidth and capacity within a single device.

The Versal architecture documentation suite is available at: https://www.amd.com/versal.