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Altera devices pass PCI-SIG compliance tests

Posted: 24 May 2006 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:Altera? Stratix II? FPGA? PCI Express? intellectual property?

Altera Corp. announced that its Stratix II GX FPGA, PCI Express x8 MegaCore intellectual property (IP) core and Stratix II GX-based PCI Express Development Kit passed the PCI-SIG compliance tests.

Designed to meet the need for low power and superior signal integrity for high-speed designs, the Stratix II GX family is Altera's third-generation of FPGAs with embedded transceivers. With up to 20 low-power transceivers operating between 622Mbps and 6.375Gbps, the Stratix II GX FPGAs promise a complete, programmable solution for the growing number of applications and protocols requiring high-speed serial transceivers. Protocol support includes PCI Express, Gigabit Ethernet, XAUI, SerialLite II, Serial RapidIO, Serial Digital Interface (SDI), SONET and Common Electrical Interface 6Gbps Long Reach and Short Reach (CEI-6G-LR/SR).

"Passing PCI-SIG compliance testing is a major milestone that highlights the robust performance of Stratix II GX FPGAs, and gives customers a complete, interoperable offering for PCI Express-based applications," said Danny Biran, Altera's vice president of product and corporate marketing, in a statement.

The PCI Express IP core includes an IP toolbench GUI for configuration, and the corresponding testbench and reference designs for x1, x4 or x8 endpoint applications. In addition to the Stratix II GX series of FPGAs, the PCI Express IP core also targets Altera low-cost Cyclone II FPGAs, high-performance, high-density Stratix II FPGAs, HardCopy II structured ASICs and Stratix GX FPGAs.

The Stratix II GX FPGAs are now available. The PCI Express Development Kit, Stratix II GX Edition is available for ordering through Altera, with a list price of $2,995. The x8 PCI Express MegaCore IP function is available for $25,000.




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