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Altera, PMC-Sierra team up with protocol development system

Posted: 07 Jun 2005 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:altera? pmc-sierra? protocol development system? stratix ii? ep2s90?

Altera Corp. and PMC-Sierra announced the availability of a jointly developed multi-serial protocol development system that incorporates Altera's Stratix II EP2S90 fpga and PMC- Sierra's pm8358 quadphy 10GX serializer-deserializer (SERDES) transceiver.

Designed for rapid prototyping of high-performance backplane and line interface solutions, the development system supports emerging serial protocols with rates from 1.2Gbps to 3.2Gbps such as PCI Express, Open Base Station Architecture Initiative (OBSAI) and Common Public Radio Interface (CPRI). It allows PCI Express developers to deliver PCI Express x4 end point or bridge applications.

"This multi-serial protocol development system offers engineers a time-to-market advantage for their PCI Express and base station designs," said Travis Karr, director of marketing at PMC-Sierra. "The combination of PMC-Sierra's high performance SERDES products and Altera's high-density Stratix II FPGAs provides a cost effective solution with guaranteed serial performance."

John Sakamoto, senior director of Altera's Wireline Business Unit, added, "The high density and programmability of our Stratix II FPGAs provide the flexibility required to meet rapidly changing industry specifications, while offering a migration path to our HardCopy II structured ASICs for high-volume production."

The serial protocol development system board has a PCI Express edge connector and a Tyco HM-Zd connector, with eight serial lanes from both connectors interfacing to two QuadPHY 10GX SERDES devices. Two QuadPHY 10GX devices interface to the Stratix II EP2S90, which provides an interface to a memory module. The Stratix II also provides an LVDS interface to a HM-Zd connector for applications such as SPI-4.Phase 2. Additional protocols that can be implemented using this development system include Serial RIO, InfiniBand, XAUI and 10Gb Fiber Channel.

The new multi-serial protocol development system is being showcased at PMC-Sierra's booth at SUPERCOMM 2005 in Chicago this week (June 6 to 9).

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