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Why the Intel® FPGA Partner Program matters to partners and to their customers

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Contributed by Lakecia Gunter, Vice President, Ecosystem Development and Operations, Intel Corporation


Companies no longer compete one-on-one. Today, it's ecosystem versus ecosystem. The broadest ecosystem in which partners come together to develop and build solutions that deliver groundbreaking capabilities and solve key operational, technological, or business pain points will deliver the solutions that customers prefer.

That is why Intel created the Intel® FPGA Partner Program. Our goal is to be a true collaborator with our partners, who are turning to FPGA acceleration to address some of the most complex and important computing problems in the industry.

We see the Intel FPGA Partner Program as a forum for innovation and for learning from one another. There is a broad and diverse group of players interested in harnessing the power of Intel® FPGA acceleration to advance the technology in different sectors. These partners include:


  • Developers who create custom applications in areas such as AI and Big Data using Intel software tools and libraries.

  • Original Device Manufacturer (ODMs) that create custom hardware and platforms based on Intel silicon and architecture

  • Independent Software Vendors (ISVs) that build applications and turnkey solutions including database and analytics offerings serving verticals such as video analytics and surveillance, manufacturing, and smart retail. This group also includes our system software vendor partners who build the foundational operating systems, hypervisors, frameworks and orchestration software on which most applications are deployed.

  • System Integrators (SIs), Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs), and other types of channel partners that help Intel bring these solutions to market and deploy at scale.


Our partners are trying to solve some of the most difficult problems in the world, whether those challenges are at the edge, in the network, on-premise, or in the cloud. Intel FPGA partners connect with each other and share ideas about what they are seeing in the marketplace. They discuss customer needs and how to leverage their relationship with Intel to develop solutions faster. In every case, we bring the full breadth and depth of Intel computing expertise to bear on solving their challenges.

Intel FPGA technology is proving to be useful in a growing number of application areas. For example, it has been indispensable to rENIAC’s FPGA-based Distributed Data Engine, which accelerates the Cassandra database, as well as Swarm64’s FPGA-accelerated PostgreSQL relational database solution. We have also worked with Megh Computing to develop FPGA-accelerated, real-time analytics for streaming big data and with HCL Technology to develop a Segment Routing over IPv6 NFV solution.

In another groundbreaking solution, our partner HCL has built an OpenVSwitch for NFVi solution, which runs on an Intel® FPGA Programmable Acceleration Card (Intel FPGA PAC) N3000 and achieves packet learning rates of 500K rules/second. We have also been delighted to discover Intel FPGA Partner Program solutions employed in some surprising areas. For example, one partner is developing ways to analyze and preserve coral reefs.

After each successful collaboration, our partners are coming back to us very excited about the compute performance that Intel can deliver and are eager to expand their offerings. The Intel FPGA Partner Program allows participants to explore the full potential of Intel FPGA technology to address their customers’ pain points. Through the program, partners gain great exposure to other partners across a large customer base.

Intel FPGA Partner Program members receive several benefits, which include access to technical resources (including our developer cloud access, Intel® DevCloud), access to exclusive Intel marketing and networking events, technical training, market insights, and technology development support.

Intel believes in a hands-on approach with partners, starting with understanding the problems they're trying to solve, making sure the broad Intel semiconductor portfolio can meet their needs, and ensuring that the right software capabilities are in place. Our approach to partnership is a competitive differentiator.

The Intel FPGA Partner Program furthers our commitment to Intel partners. We continue to support new generations of collaborators and developers, who are working on the next frontier of innovation to drive business growth for themselves, for Intel, and for our mutual end customers. Find out more about the Intel FPGA Partner Program here.



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