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Altera intros 'first' Plug & Play signal integrity tech

Posted: 18 Sep 2007 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:Plug & Play signal integrity? FPGA? design software?

Altera Corp. has unveiled its Plug & Play signal integrity technology, which redefines FPGA use in high-performance systems by enabling a single card configuration to be plugged into any designated system slot while under system power.

Enabled by the latest Quartus II design software the technology is an exclusive combination of low-power linear adaptive equalization technologyAltera's new Adaptive Dispersion Compensation Engine (ADCE)and the hot-socketing capability found in every Altera FPGA. When hot-swapping a single card configuration in a system, the ADCE automatically monitors and adjusts itself for interconnect loss and environmental variations to provide the high system performance and data reliability.

"Altera continues to deliver FPGA transceiver innovation to customers by providing system designers with the only plug-and-play signal integrity capability available in an FPGA," said Louie Leung, marketing director at Altera. "Our FPGAs' ability to plug into a powered system and automatically adjust to varying system and environmental conditions allows our customers to reduce inventories, simplify maintenance procedures and shorten time-to-market. The ADCE itself significantly reduces the tedious characterization effort that is the result of high-speed systems having varying link characteristics across card slots."

Plug & Play signal integrity provides designers and system architects with production-qualified, hot-socketable Stratix II GX FPGAs that now can actively monitor and automatically compensate for signal degradation in multi-gigabit system interconnects due to manufacturing, voltage, temperature, and design variations. In addition, Altera's Plug & Play Signal Integrity solution continuously adjusts equalizer settings for each of up to 20 receivers found in the Stratix II GX FPGA family to provide the best eye opening for non-return-to-zero signals operating between 2.5- and 6.375Gbps, significantly improving system reliability, performance, and BER.

The Plug & Play Signal Integrity can be enabled with the customer beta release of Quartus II software version 7.2, which can be obtained from Altera's local sales representatives. The production version of Quartus II software will be available for download next month.

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