VCK5000 Versal Development Card for AI Inference


Product Description

The Xilinx® VCK5000 Versal™ development card is built on the Xilinx 7nm Versal™ ACAP architecture and is designed for designs requiring high throughput AI inference and signal processing compute performance.

Delivering 100X greater compute power than today’s server-class CPUs and better MLPerf inference performance than today’s server-class GPU, with standardized development flows, the VCK5000 is an ideal development platform for cloud acceleration and edge computing applications.

VCK5000 is fully supported by Vitis™ AI development environment which consists of optimized IP, tools, libraries, models, and example designs. It is designed with high efficiency and ease-of-use in mind, unleashing the full potential of AI acceleration on VCK5000.  You can run Tensorflow, Pytorch, Caffe models using Python or C++ APIs in minutes without any prior hardware knowledge about FPGA.

Key Features & Benefits

Superior AI Inference Platform 

  • 145TOPS (Int8) @ $2,495
  • AI inference with AI Engine outperforms nVidia T4 on MLPerf 1.0
VCK5000 Throughput Graph

Solutions Out-of-Box

  • Vitis AI 1.3 with 2 DPU variants (384 vs 288 AIE cores)
  • 50+ model zoo support
  • Natural Language (BERT) demo
  • MLPerf submission ResNet-50 demo (11% better than T4)
  • Getting started with Vitis AI, Board user guide 

Cloud <-> On-Premises 

  • Deploy solutions on the cloud or on-premises interchangeably
  • Scalable to application requirements

Board Features

Card Specifications VCK5000
Device VC1902
Compute Active Passive*
INT8 TOPs (peak) 145 145
Height Full Full
Length Full 3/4
Width Dual Slot Dual Slot
Off-chip Memory Capacity 16 GB 16 GB
Off-chip Total Bandwidth 102.4 GB/s 102.4 GB/s
Internal SRAM Capacity 23.9 MB 23.9 MB
Internal SRAM Total Bandwidth 23.5 TB/s 23.5 TB/s
PCI Express Gen3 x 16 / Gen4 x 8 Gen3 x 16 / Gen4 x 8
Network Interfaces 2x QSFP28 (100GbE) 2x QSFP28 (100GbE)
Logic Resources
Look-up Tables (LUTs) 899,840 899,840
Power and Thermal
Maximum Total Power 225W 225W
Thermal Cooling Active Passive

* We will ship the Active board only. If you remove the fans from the VCK5000, following the Hardware Installation Guide in the VCK5000 Versal Development Card Secure Site, it becomes Passive.

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Getting Started

Follow the steps below to get started with the VCK5000:

Step 1: Install VCK5000 in your X86 host machine following the Hardware Installation Guide in the VCK5000 Versal Development Card Secure Site.

Step 2: Install Vitis AI 1.3.1 docker in your X86 host machine  

             docker pull xilinx/vitis-ai-cpu:latest

Step 3: Run 51 VCK5000 AI models, following the the instructions in the VCK5000 Versal Development Card Secure Site.

For any questions regarding VCK5000 getting started, please contact