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RASP with TK1

Altera Arria 10, NVIDIA TK1-SOM for TFLOP Computing

RARE technology brings together high performance computing, ease of programmability, low cost, and commercial I/O flexibility in a modular, open systems and standards architecture to realize uniquely scalable and widely configurable, high-speed embedded processing solutions for the development of radar, EW, SIGINT, and communication systems.


RARE possesses the unique ability to scale and morph in size, shape and processing capacity. This flexibility provides a low-cost standard solution capable of rapidly conforming to the vastly different power, space, and environmental requirements found aboard any surface, sub-surface, or airborne system or platform.




The GPU module follows the RARE topology, so it can be used in combination with other RARE-compatible boards to add parallel processing power to a system. Each Tegra K1 and GPU core can deliver about 300 GFLOPs. The Arria 10 can deliver an additional 1333 GFLOPS. A 2-Link, 2GB Hybrid Memory Cube connects to the FPGA, providing an aggregate memory bandwidth of 120 GB/s. Off-board connectivity includes PCIe Gen3, LVDS, and SERDES in all three dimensions as well as two Gigabit Ethernet ports, four USB3.0 Host ports (One per each TK1 and two for the Arria 10 FPGA), JTAG, and USB-to-UART. The variety of available standard interfaces promotes network connectivity with a wide range of third party systems and subsystems. This includes commercially available switches and routers and promotes the integration of a system-of-systems in a net-centric environment.


The RARE standard microcontroller architecture is interfaced through the I2C bus to provide FPGA, TK1, and PCIe switch temperature as well as voltage and current monitoring for automatic shut-down during critical over-heat and/or voltage conditions.


As with all modules which follow the RARE topology, the GPU module supports 3-D connectivity, allowing the user to stack and/or tile modules to address a wide variety of processing, I/O, size, weight, and power requirements.


  • Unmanned Aerial Systems/Unmanned Ground Systems (UAS/UGS)
  • Sensor and Navigation Processing
  • General Purpose/Digital Signal Processing
  • Radar Receiver/Exciter
  • Digital Array Processing & Beamforming
  • Electronic Warfare/Attack Systems
  • SIGINT (ELINT, COMINT, etc.) Systems


Need more details? Please download our datasheet or contact us at sales@coloradoengineering.com or 719-388-8582.