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Altera's FPGA first to achieve compliance for PCIe Gen2

Posted: 20 Mar 2013 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:Altera? low-power FPGA? PCIe Gen2? integrated transceivers?

Altera Corporation has recently announced its 28 nm Cyclone V GT FPGA completed compliance testing with the PCI Express (PCIe) 2.0 specifications.

The Cyclone V GT FPGA is the industry's first low-cost, low-power FPGA to achieve PCIe 2.0 interoperability with data rates of 5Gbit/s. Altera's latest FPGA successfully passed all PCI-SIG compliance and interoperability tests at the most recent PCI-SIG workshop and is currently included on the PCI-SIG Integrators List. It will provide developers a significant reduction in system costs and system power when developing PCIe Gen2-based applications compared to previously available FPGAs.

The low-power 28nm FPGA features integrated transceivers with data rates up to 5Gbit/s and have two hardened PCIe IP blocks embedded within the device. The PCIe hard IP blocks enable developers to increase system performance and system functionality while boosting design team productivity. The PCIe 2.0-compliant hard IP blocks consists of the PHY/MAC, data link and transaction layers. The blocks can be configured to function as an end point or a root port and supports up to x4 lanes.

Cyclone V FPGAs and Cyclone V SoCs have an innovative multi-function support feature that allows up to eight PCIe end points to be combined into a single end point while still being supported by standard device drivers. This convenient feature benefits applications such as I/O expansion by reducing software driver development time. The Cyclone V FPGA and Cyclone V SoC are also equipped with Altera's innovative Configuration via Protocol using PCIe, which allows the hard PCIe core in the devices to operate without the FPGA fabric being loaded. This ensures the PCIe end point is ready for enumeration under the PCIe protocol's required 100ms specification regardless of the configuration method being used.

Cyclone V GT FPGAs are currently in production. Altera offers the broadest portfolio of 28 nm low-power, low-cost FPGAs in the industry, with densities ranging from 25K logic elements (LEs) to 300K LEs and the smallest form factor packaging options that are tailored to customer's needs.

Further information regarding Altera's Cyclone V GT FPGAs is available here.

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