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Altera SoC Board Solution Adds OpenCL Support

Critical Link is pleased to announce support for Altera’s SDK for OpenCL on our MitySOM®-5CSx module. With this, customers now have a path to work with OpenCL in a general purpose SoC-based board, exploring the benefits of OpenCL for solving real-world problems.

OpenCL is an open framework for writing programs across an array of processing platforms. FPGA programming has proven to be a major hurdle for development teams who are inexperienced with FPGAs or are resource limited. OpenCL allows users to work with FPGAs in common programming languages such as C and C++, enabling software engineers to readily tackle this otherwise complex task.

In addition to featuring familiar language options, OpenCL allows developers to accelerate their application and drive power efficiency, providing opportunity to developers of unmanned and autonomous systems, or wherever temperature or power constraints exist.

With this Board Support Package, Critical Link is providing an off the shelf embedded platform with a first class out-of-the-box experience to help Altera customers rapidly build from source and see live examples in action. The MitySOM-5CSx module has been tested to run examples using Altera’s SDK for OpenCL integrated with version 16.0 of the Altera Quartus Prime and SoC Embedded developer’s kit.

The MitySOM-5CSx OpenCL BSP is available today as a downloadable file provided via Critical Link’s engineering support site. This site also contains instruction for use under a Linux or Windows environment. In the future, files and examples will be included on SD card images provided with MitySOM-5CSx development kits to allow users to run the examples without the need to compile them.

For customers developing imaging applications, contact Critical Link for an update on implementation of the OpenCL BSP on our MityCAM imaging development platforms.

For specifications or information on purchasing a MitySOM-5CSx module or development kit, visit https://www.criticallink.com/product/mitysom-5csx/.


About Critical Link

Syracuse, N.Y.-based Critical Link (www.criticallink.com) is an embedded systems engineering firm offering customizable system-on-modules (SOMs) for industrial, medical, scientific, and defense applications. Critical Link’s end-to-end product engineering offerings include design, development, and production services. Critical Link is a Platinum Member of the Altera Design Solutions Network and is ISO 9001:2008 and ISO 14001 Registered by SRI Quality System Registrar.