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FPGA solution zeroes in on next-gen telecomm equipment

Posted: 26 Sep 2008 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:FPGA Virtex-5 TXT? equipment telecommunications? Ethernet?

Virtex-5 TXT

Xilinx Inc. touts the world's first single-FPGA solution for telecommunications equipment manufacturers developing the next generation in Ethernet bridging and switching solutions.

Aimed at spurring innovation and growth in the 40GbE and 100GbE market, Xilinx has added the Virtex-5 TXT platform to its family of 65nm FPGAs. The Virtex-5 TXT platform consists of two devices that deliver the highest number of 6.5Gbit/s serial transceivers available on any FPGA, and are fully supported with application-specific IP, development tools, and reference designs for implementing high-bandwidth protocol bridging, says the company.

Flexibility is the key
The ASMBL architecture first introduced with Virtex-4 FPGA family enables Xilinx to rapidly develop and deploy domain-optimized silicon platforms targeted at the technical requirements of specific markets and applications. With its 48 6.5Gbit/s GTX transceivers, the new Virtex-5 TXT platform is uniquely optimized for 100GbE applications.

According to Xilinx, the Virtex-5 TXT devices offer the only single-chip solution with built-in flexibility and re-programmability to scale as 40GbE and 100GbE hardware requirements and standards mature, while delivering the 600Gbit/s total bandwidth required today to build network bridges such as 100GbE to 120Gbit/s Interlaken, 40Gbit/s Quad XAUI to 50Gbit/s Interlaken, OC-768 to OTU-3 and SFI-5 to 4xSFI4.2.

The high-bandwidth capabilities of the Virtex-5 TXT platform are also well suited for high-performance computing and video broadcast applications. The high-transceiver count and ability to support multiple standards on a single programmable Virtex-5 TXT device delivers the flexibility, performance and low-risk required by these markets.

Designing with the Virtex-5 TXT FPGA devices can be done using the ISE design suite service pack 3 available at HSEC IP core is available from Sarance Technologies. The Virtex-5 TX150T and Virtex-5 TX240T devices will begin sampling by the end of FY2008 with production devices available in 1H 09. The TX150T device will list for under $500 in 5,000 unit volumes by 2H 09. The Virtex-5 EasyPath program supports Virtex-5 TXT devices for high-volume cost reductions.

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