CAST and PLDA GROUP Demonstrate x86-Compliant High Compression Ratio GZIP Acceleration on FPGA, Accessible to non-FPGA Experts Using the QuickPlay Software Defined FPGA Development Tool

The two companies demonstrate a 30+Gbps high compression ratio GZIP accelerator running on a Xilinx-based FPGA platform that can be used as is or customized by developers without hardware expertise

SAN JOSE, Calif. — (BUSINESS WIRE) — August 9, 2016Flash Memory Summit — Today, PLDA GROUP and CAST demonstrated the results of a tight collaboration to make FPGA-accelerated GZIP compression accessible to developers of data center applications. This collaboration leverages the QuickPlay™ Software Defined FPGA development flow with the integration of a high performance GZIP IP core from CAST. With this combination, software developers without any specific hardware or FPGA expertise can now develop their own FPGA-accelerated GZIP applications and achieve better performance and performance per watt over CPU-executed GZIP compression.

QuickPlay makes it easy to build the GZIP accelerator with a variety of data center boards using Altera® or Xilinx® devices. A live demonstration system can be seen running in the PLDA Booth (904) at the Flash Memory Summit 2016 in Santa Clara from August 9th to 11th.

Sharing the same vision of making FPGA-accelerated applications available to a large growing audience of non-FPGA experts, CAST and PLDA GROUP are delivering a complete FPGA based GZIP compression accelerator that can be further customized by developers without hardware expertise using the QuickPlay Software Defined development tool.

People are turning to the GZIP compression IP from CAST as it offers excellent features and performance. It provides full x86 compliance and is available in a wide range of configurations—from throughput-optimized versions delivering up to 40Gbps to compression ratio-optimized versions—and is customizable to fit specific customer requirements in terms of performance, latency, or footprint.

“The partnership with CAST has been fruitful and I am happy to see this first application come to life with this high quality GZIP core”, said Stephane Monboisset, marketing director for QuickPlay. “What is even more exciting is how developers can use QuickPlay to build their own custom GZIP accelerators, by adding additional processing or seamlessly modifying the I/O framework as they see fit. This enables use models beyond the traditional CPU accelerator, such as bump-in-the-wire and smart-NIC models with in-line compression of network and storage data.”

QuickPlay is a Software defined FPGA development tool that enables developers with different engineering backgrounds to model, design, debug, and deploy FPGA hardware as their end product or as a part of their final system, all without FPGA expertise, and without the pain and time traditionally associated with FPGA design. The availability of high-value IP such as the CAST GZIP compression core in QuickStore completely streamlines the integration in QuickPlay and offers a pay-as-you-go mechanism that enables users to pay for IP based on the number of implementations rather than a sizable upfront one-time fee.

“Building an FPGA-accelerated GZIP application is a non-trivial task when using traditional FPGA tools, and modifying it to fit specific customer requirements isn’t any easier” said Nikos Zervas, chief executive officer of CAST Inc. “Doing so with QuickPlay and enabling customers to customize it without requiring extensive hardware skills means that many more developers can benefit from the quality of our GZIP IP and build better FPGA accelerated applications with a complete Software Defined development flow.”

Product Availability:

The CAST ZipAccel™-C GZIP/ZLIB/Deflate Data Compression IP Core is available today in QuickStore. QuickPlay v2.1 is available today and supports numerous boards from various vendors. Log in or create an account at to browse QuickStore and request a free, risk-free QuickPlay evaluation.

About QuickPlay

QuickPlay is a PLDA GROUP ( brand that aims to accelerate the adoption of FPGA-based reconfigurable hardware in IT infrastructures by opening up FPGA design to non-hardware experts. QuickPlay is the result of years of research in the field of High-Level Design (HLD) and High-Level Synthesis (HLS) combined with PLDA GROUP strong expertise in FPGA hardware and IP design. QuickPlay enables leading technology companies to rip the benefits of FPGA without the pain, in domains such as Cloud computing, Vision, A/V broadcast, data center networking, HPC and more.

About CAST Inc.

CAST develops, integrates, and aggregates high-quality digital IP cores for ASICs and FPGAs. The company offers some of the best available choices for low-power, high-value IP, including 8051s and BA2x 32-bit processors; video, image, and data compression; automotive networking; and the peripherals, interfaces, security, and subsystems needed for the quick, low-risk development of system-on-chip designs. Visit, or follow @castcores on Twitter.

QuickPlay and QuickStore are trademarks of PLDA Group. ZipAccel is a trademark of Sandgate Technologies. All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners.


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