Intel® FPGA Programmable Acceleration Card N3000

Intel® FPGA Programmable Acceleration Card (Intel® FPGA PAC) N3000 is a highly customizable SmartNIC platform for multi-workload networking infrastructure and application acceleration.

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Intel® FPGA Programmable Acceleration Card N3000

Product Discontinuation Notice

Intel is discontinuing the Intel® FPGA Programmable Acceleration Card N3000. Please read product discontinuance notification PDN2211 for more information.

Please see Table 1 below for a list of acceleration solutions recommended for new designs.

The FPGA Smartnic For Network Acceleration

  • Intel® FPGA Programmable Acceleration Card (Intel® FPGA PAC) N3000 has the right memory mixture designed for network functions, with integrated network interface card (NIC) in a small form factor that enables high throughput, low latency, low power/bit for custom networking pipeline.
  • The Intel FPGA PAC N3000 product family include a variant that is designed to be Network Equipment Building System (NEBS)-friendly, for use in NEBS-compliant systems. To help protect systems from FPGA-hosted security exploits, the Intel FPGA PAC N3000 features a Root-of-Trust device that enables more secure loading of authorized workloads and board updates, and enforces policies to help prevent unauthorized access to critical board interfaces and flash memory. End-to-end industry standard and open source tool support allow users to quickly adapt to evolving workloads and industry standards.
  • Intel is accelerating 5G and network functions virtualization (NFV) adoption for ecosystem partners, such as Telecom Equipment Manufacturers (TEMs), Virtual Network Function (VNF) vendors, system integrators, and telcos to bring scalable and high-performance solutions to market.

Table 1. Acceleration Solutions Recommended for New Designs

Acceleration Workload Intel FPGA SmartNIC N6000-PL-Based Silicom FPGA SmartNIC N5010 Series Intel IPU C5000X-Based Intel IPU C6000X-Based
vRAN X      
OVS     X X
Contrail     X X
SRv6 X      
vFirewall   X X X
DDoS   X X X

Network Functions Virtualization (NFV) Workloads Enabled by Intel® FPGA PAC N3000

Application Provider FPGA Advantage Additional Resources
vFirewall F5 Networks Up to 300X capacity to absorb distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attacks†

Solution brief: High Capacity DDoS Protection in Cloud Environments with F5 BIG-IP VE for SmartNICs and Intel® FPGA PAC N3000

White paper: Augmented DDoS Protection for Cloud/NFV Environments with BIG-IP VE for SmartNICs

SRV6 HCL Technologies Up to 300% performance improvements for small packets†

White paper: HCL Segment Routing Over IPv6 Acceleration Using Intel® FPGA Programmable Acceleration Card N3000

Solution Brief: Accelerate SRv6 Processing

OVS Intel/HCL Technologies Full performance for 2x25G at 512B and above† Solution Brief: Increase NFVi Performance and Flexibility with Intel and HCL’s Open vSwitch
Contrail Juniper / HCL 2x25 Gbps, 22 Mpps @ 64B Contact Intel for the design example
vRan (Turbo 4G) Intel/ HCL Support up to 27 Gbps Uplink and 3 Gbps Downlink with up to 8 virtual machines (VMs) running in host†

Contact Intel for the design example

Application note: AN908: Enabling 4G Wireless Acceleration in FlexRAN)

vRan (LDPC 5G) Intel/ HCL Support up to 15 Gbps Uplink and 5 Gbps Downlink with up to 8 VMs running in host†

Contact Intel for the design example

Application note: N907: Enabling 5G Wireless Acceleration in FlexRAN)

ORAN 7.2 Split Fronthaul Intel/ HCL Compression algorithms including Mu-Law and BFP † Contact Intel for the design example
vRAN (Turbo/LDPC + FH) Altiostar Complete vRAN Solution with combined FEC acceleration and fronthaul Solution Brief: Build an Open, Next-Generation Virtualized Radio Access Network (vRAN)

Note: See Additional Resources for supporting data. For more complete information about performance and benchmark results, visit www.intel.com/benchmarks.