An Artix-7 FPGA with its own DDR3 RAM - right in your laptop. Convenient for developing PCIe-based designs or using as a super co-processor

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NiteFury is the PicoEVB‘s (slightly) bigger, beefier cousin. It’s an M.2 FPGA dev board that includes on-board DDR3 RAM which lets you work with PCI Express at incredible rates from inside your laptop or desktop. You could also use NiteFury as an FPGA co-processor. Let the Xilinx Artix-7 handle your encryption or act as a hardware-level encoder/decoder for speedy workflows. It’s your FPGA, design what you like.

RHS Research has also teamed up with another company to provide NiteFury at an amazing campaign price.


  • Giant FPGA: NiteFury features the largest Artix-series part that Xilinx makes. It has 6x the processing power of PicoEVB. It uses the Xilinx A200T FPGA at just under 1000 GMAC/s.
  • Popular form factor: NiteFury fits in the M.2 M key slot, which is popular in laptops today. This slot features 4x PCIe for high bandwidth (2 GB/s).

Like PicoEVB but…

  • More powerful: NiteFury features the largest Artix-series part that Xilinx makes. It has 6x the processing power of PicoEVB.
  • More memory: NiteFury has infinitely more memory than PicoEVB! NiteFury comes with up to 1 GB (8 Gb) of DDR3.
  • More bandwidth: NiteFury uses 4x PCIe, for an eye-popping 2 GB/s of PCIe bandwidth.
  • More I/O: NiteFury has 12 I/O lines, some can be paired for LVDS or used for analog I/O.

Additionally, the motherboard’s SMBus signals are pinned to the FPGA.


NiteFury is open source hardware:

Feature Specification
FPGA Xilinx Artix XC7A200T-2FBG484E
RAM DDR3, 4 Gb (512 MB x 16)
Form Factor M.2 (NGFF) 2280, keyed for M slot
Dimensions 22 x 80 x 4.7 mm (without heatsink)
Host Interface PCIe 4x gen 2 (20 Gb/s)
Host Tools Vivado
Built-in JTAG No
External I/O via I/O connector 12 total, 4 selectable analog or digital
External I/O via PCIe connector 1 x 3.3 V digital I/O (LED), SMBus
User-controllable LEDs 4

Block diagram

DSP processing metrics (DSP slices)

Current Status

The hardware design is pretty much complete and ready for manufacturing. The last challenge remaining is cooling! A massive FPGA requires some help on this front, so RHS Research is developing a custom, low-profile cooler (6 mm). Be sure to sign up for updates above to be notified of progress and when the campaign is live.

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