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10Gbit/s Ethernet hardware demonstration reference design

Posted: 24 Dec 2009 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:Ethernet? demonstration design reference? hardware?

This reference design demonstrates wire-speed operation of the Altera 10Gbit/s Ethernet (10GbE) reference design component. The reference design is a SOPC Builder system that includes one instance of a custom 10GbE component configured as a media access control (MAC) with a XAUI transceiver.

The design provides a flexible test and demonstration platform on which you can control, test, and monitor 10GbE operations in different loopback options. The reference design can be used in a stand-alone configuration or in a multi-equipment configuration with an external 10Gbit/s Ethernet legacy system or standard test equipment.

The 10GbE hardware demonstration reference design has the following features:
? Standalone and easy-to-use reference design example with flexibility to support twosystem interoperability in various configurations;
? Requires minimal hardware;
? Supports 10GbE operations in XAUI mode;
? Supports programmable settings for number of packets, packet length and payload-data type;
? Demonstrates transmission and reception of Ethernet packets at the maximum theoretical data rates without errors, through external loopback, internal loopback, or both types of loopback path;
? Supports different loopback mechanisms including external loopback through a CX4 loopback device, external loopback through X2 modules with a loopback optical cable assembly, external loopback through an Altera high-speed mezzanine connector (HSMC) loopback board, internal physical medium attachment (PMA) loopback, and internal MAC loopback;
? Includes support for gathering throughput statistics;
? Provides custom Nios II IDE command-line interface (CLI) commands to control the design, monitor transmitted and received packets, and generate and display statistics information.

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