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FPGA kit improves high-bandwidth systems

Posted: 09 Sep 2011 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:FPGA? signal? bandwidth? transceiver?

Altera Corp. has announced the release of its Stratix V GX FPGA Signal Integrity Development Kit, marking another milestone in the rollout of 28-nm FPGAs. With this kit, design engineers can now develop high-performance systems faster. This kit also provides a platform that measures and evaluates the performance of transceiver links ranging from 600Mbit/s to 12.5Gbit/s.

The Stratix V GX FPGA Signal Integrity Development Kit features advanced equalization functions for the device's high-speed serial transceivers. Real-world system analysis can be conducted using on-board SMA and popular backplane connectors including Molex Impact and Amphenol XCede. These built-in high-speed backplane connectors are used to evaluate custom backplane performance and evaluate link BER. Pseudo-random binary sequence (PRBS) patterns can also be generated and checked via a graphical user interface.


Stratix V GX Transceiver Signal Integrity Development Board

"To meet the ever increasing data rates and bandwidth requirements of today's high-end communications systems, it's essential for SERDES providers to invest in signal and power integrity in their silicon," said Eric Bogatin, signal integrity evangelist with Bogatin Enterprises, a LeCroy Company. "Altera's Stratix V Transceiver Signal Integrity Development Kit provides an ideal vehicle�to evaluate transceiver performance for customer applications and accelerate the development time for new designs."

The Stratix V FPGA Signal Integrity Development Kit allows users to verify compliance with current protocol standards including 10GbE, 10GBASE-KR, PCI Express (PCIe) Gen1, Gen2 and Gen3, Serial RapidIO, Gigabit Ethernet (GbE), 10 GbE XAUI, CEI-6G, CEI-11G, HD-SDI, Interlaken and Fiber Channel. The kit features a Stratix�V GX FPGA-based development board, a one-year license of Quartus II software, design examples and access to Altera's MegaCore IP library including the Nios II Embedded Design Suite.

The kit is currently on offer at $4,995.

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