Pico Computing’s modules are the foundational building blocks that comprise a truly scalable HPC system based on the PCI Express bus standard. The business card-sized M-506 is a powerful computing element composed of FPGA logic (with loading system), a local memory sub-system, and a fully-switched PCIe x8 communication structure. The module is designed for maximum memory and logic bandwidth.

Up to six M-506 modules can be snapped onto a Pico Computing EX-500 backplane, filling a single PCIe slot with a groundbreaking level of parallel processing density for compute-intensive applications.

The M-506, a variant of the M-505, includes the Altera Stratix V 5SGXMA3 FPGA. The module features a x8 PCI Express Gen 3 connection to the host and high-performance/high-density SODIMM memory with independent memory controller, local to the FPGA.


Choose the M-506 to dramatically accelerate radio astronomy, design simulations/emulations, SDR applications, beam forming, digital signal processing, and other algorithms.

Specification Summary

  • Altera Stratix V 5SGXMA3E3H29
  • x8 PCI Express Gen 3 Interface
  • 2GB, 4GB, and 8GB DDR3 SODIMM Banks
  • 32 LVDS
  • 2 GX Transceivers
  • 46 LVDS
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