Improve latency performances between your trading infrastructure and
the exchange

A fast track to expanding your FPGA-based Smart NIC solutions

The best-in-class solution to support investment banks, proprietary traders, and hedge funds
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What is OT - ULL FPGA Framework
Technical description and features
Key features
Ideal Uses
Pricing model and support
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ULL FPGA Framework for SmartNIC

Orthogone Technologies offers a ready-to-implement ultra-low-latency FPGA Framework for electronic trading.
  • Level up your ultra-low-latency infrastructure to accelerate trading.
  • Develop a portfolio of cutting-edge FPGA and software applications.
  • Minimize latency and rapidly develop FPGA-based Smart NIC solutions.
  • Gain a competitive advantage by processing large amounts of data with near zero latency.
  • Face the challenges of the fast-moving financial industry.
What is OT - ULL FPGA Framework

Hardware and software development framework designed to efficiently build ULL FPGA applications

The Orthogone Ultra Low Latency FPGA Framework consists of programmable, high-performance FPGAs and software development frameworks optimized for ultra-low latency applications. Created for electronic trading application developers, this solution integrates seamlessly with different platforms to meet specific acceleration requirements.

With the Orthogone suite of ready-to-use IP cores, developers can accelerate the time-to-market of high-performance trading engines in-house. By minimizing latency, market participants can stay ahead of the competition and increase trading profitability.

Technical description and features

Quickly develop the ultimate portfolio of flexible FPGA and software applications

The Orthogone framework features a full suite of FPGA IP cores implementing offload engines designed for ultra-low latency applications. The framework supports solutions deployed on FPGA-based SmartNIC cards of standard servers.

The complete development package includes a comprehensive software framework and an end-to-end FPGA development environment. It provides users with the ability to quickly develop a broad portfolio of FPGA applications.

The Orthogone framework is one of the only solutions running on the X3522pv FPGA trading platforms from Xilinx and can also support designs across a wide range of hardware platform vendors.

  • Improves performance for low-latency networking applications
  • Reduces time-to-production when developing ultra-low latency trading systems
  • Enables software applications using the platform to enhance processing
  • Speeds software reconfiguration, allowing changes on the fly, to support new requirements
  • Meet the demands of data center applications
  • Eliminates the time and effort of porting from one FPGA platform to another
  • Provides ongoing support to maintain leading-edge performance over time
  • Facilitates the transition to new FPGAs and digital transformation on existing systems

Applications that benefit from this ultra-low-latency framework

Applications such as tick-to-trade electronic trading platforms, algorithmic trading, market data processing, order execution gateways, pre-trade risk check engines, and smart order routers benefit from our ultra-low latency framework.

Typical Customers

Clients who choose to develop their own solutions to maintain the competitive advantage of producing superior returns to traditional investment strategies. From major investment banks, to end users such as proprietary trading firms and hedge funds.

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These FPGA modules include:
  • ULL MAC/PCS: Ultra-low latency Ethernet MAC/PCS (1, 10, 25, 40/100G data rates supported)
  • ULL TCP/IP: Implements a full TCP/IP stack in FPGA with ultra-low latency performances
  • ULL UDP/IP: Implements a full UDP/IP stack in FPGA with ultra-low latency performances
  • ULL PCIe DMA: Ultra-low latency DMA controller to move data between FPGA and host memory rapidly over PCIe interface
Key features
  • FPGA RTL design for lowest possible latency:
  • TCP/IP Offload Engine
  • UDP/IP Offload Engine
  • PCIe DMA Controller
  • Supports Xilinx UltraScale+ FPGA
  • Supports REFLEX CES XpressVUP FPGA platforms
  • FPGA simulation and verification environment
  • Linux CentOS distribution
  • Kernel bypass for optimized data path
  • Ultra-low latency C/C++ API with zero-copy optimized path
  • Advanced network statistics
  • Test and debug applications

FPGA Development Kit

  • Encrypted FPGA IP cores
  • Reference design examples
  • Product datasheet and user guides
  • Test bench use case
  • UVM Verification environment (optional)
  • FPGA build scripts
  • Test and debug applications for latency/throughput measurement

Software Framework

  • C/C++ API with zero-copy optimized path
  • FPGA Communication & IP core management via drivers & C/C++ libraries
  • Web GUI interface for FPGA register access and FPGA bitstream updates
  • Product documentation

Support and Updates optional for traditional licensing

  • One-year technical support, maintenance, and product updates (bug fixes, latency improvements, new boards support, option to renew after the first year).
  • Optional customization: end-to-end R&D and product development capabilities:
  • End-to-end FPGA design
  • System hardware/board
  • Platform software

Support and Updates included in Pay as you grow

  • Technical support, maintenance, and product updates (bug fixes, latency improvements, new boards support, etc.).
  • Optional customization: end-to-end R&D and product development capabilities:
  • End-to-end FPGA design
  • System hardware/board
  • Platform software
Ideal Uses

For developers of software and hardware-intensive fintech applications

The performance offered by Orthogone's ultra-low latency FPGA Framework is ideal for developers of software-intensive fintech applications where latency is critical. Trading application developers can leverage our ready-to-use, ultra-high-performance framework to accelerate hardware performance.

Implement FPGA optimization, and quickly develop flexible software solutions when:

  • starting a new low-latency project
  • maintaining an existing project,
  • porting from one FPGA platform to another

The Orthogone suite of ready-to-use IP cores allows developers to speed time to market with high-performance applications. Financial institutions can react to market events faster than the competition to increase trading profitability.

Typical use cases

Tick-to-trade electronic trading
Smart order routers
Pre-trade risk check engines
Exchange interconnects

Pricing model and support

Pay as you grow

This licensing option allows companies to fund their trading infrastructure, grow efficiently, and find a balance between investment, value, and results.

It enables users to scale, customize, software, intellectual property and development platforms. Several pricing combinations are available depending on the customer's needs and the platforms they use.

*The Orthogone ULL FPGA Framework running on Xilinx x3522pv platforms is licensed on a "pay as you grow" basis only.


The ULL FPGA Framework solution can also be licensed under the more traditional licensing terms generally accepted in the industry (i.e. product license and/or site license). We offer bundling options for multiple IP cores and they may also be licensed under similar terms.

A detailed list of pricing and licensing terms is available upon request.

Integration and post-sales services

As experts in developing and customizing low-latency FPGA/ASIC IP cores, we also offer integration and post-sales services to support your internal team.

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FPGA/ASIC IP Integration and customization

We also support the continued development of advanced technologies by designing custom FPGA development solutions for your unique needs. Through our design flow process, intellectual property portfolio, and advanced verification process, we provide complete solutions tailored to your project.

Learn more about our ultra-low-latency FPGA Framework.
The best-in-class solution to support investment banks, proprietary traders, and hedge funds.
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