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WHITE PAPER Designer's Journey: Navigating the Transition to Versal ACAP mrcy.com 2 mrcy.com 2 Ever-increasing data volumes, rising computation demands and real-time performance expectations can no longer be satisfied by traditional solutions. With the introduction of ACAP (Adaptive Compute Acceleration Platform) technology, Xilinx has enabled an innovative approach for the next era of specialized computing. This highly dense, next-generation chip solution combines multiple types of processing elements to form a whole new category of dramatically faster devices that step beyond the current CPU/GPU/FPGA paradigm. Utilizing this technology, we can now solve the most advanced radar, cognitive EW and AI challenges — all on a single board. 1. Source: Versal: The First Adaptive Compute Acceleration Platform (ACAP XILINX WP505 (v1.1.1) Mercury has benefited greatly from close collaboration with Xilinx during the ACAP 's development, allowing us to bring a deployable ACAP product line to the market early — the new SCFE6931 Dual Versal AI Core FPGA Processing Board. This white paper follows a Mercury design engineering team's journey toward ACAP development methodologies. By starting simply, our team was able to better understand the tools and technology behind the ACAP architecture before taking on more complex implementations. The following engineer-to-engineer designer 's journey is intended to assist other development teams as they adopt ACAP design. Processing Challenges Processing Solutions ACAP Scalar Processing: Complex algorithms, widely branching decision trees, broad librar y sets. CPUs Arm® Cortex™ processors Vector Processing: Large-scale, parallel computations on high data volumes. Used for signal processing and artificial intelligence applications. DSPs and GPUs Adaptable Intelligence Engines (AIE) Programmable Logic Processing: Real-time, low/no latency, and highly-customizable user applications. FPGAs FPGA with Network on Chip (NoC) Today 's processing challenges typically fall into one of three categories, all if which can be addressed by the Versal ACAP. ADAPTIVE COMPUTE ACCELERATION PLATFORM (ACAP) IS: ▪ 43x faster than today's fastest CPUs. ▪ 3x faster than today's fastest GPUs. ▪ Up to 20x faster than today's fastest FPGAs. 1

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