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Xilinx's Virtex FPGAs conform to PCIe V2.0

Posted: 25 Nov 2008 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:FPGA? PCIe? platform Virtex FXT?

Xilinx Inc.'s Virtex-5 FXT FPGA platform is now fully compliant with version 2.0 of the PCIe standard thereby supporting the 5Gbit/s version of the serial interconnect standard.

Having passed the last round of specification testing at the PCI-SIG's Compliance Workshop #62, the Virtex-5 FXT FPGA platform has been added to the PCI-SIG Integrator's List as the centerpiece of a broad range of design resources from Xilinx and its alliance members that support PCIe 2.0 applications.

With built-in 6.5Gbit/s Rocket IO GTX transceiver technology, Virtex-5 FXT FPGAs are able to support the PCIe 2.0 specification, which doubles the interconnect bit rate over the previous version from 2.5Gbit/s to 5Gbit/s to support leading-edge high-bandwidth applications.

The recently announced Virtex-5 TXT FPGA platform, which has up to 48 RocketIO GTX transceivers, also supports the PCIe 2.0 standard. Drawing less than 150mW typical, per transceiver at 5Gbit/s, the RocketIO GTX transceivers enable designers to realize high-speed PCIe 2.0 performance on an FPGA with minimal power consumption.

- Colin Holland
EE Times Europe

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