Transceiver Signal Integrity Development Kit, Stratix IV GX Edition

Altera introduced their Transceiver Signal Integrity Development Kit, Stratix IV GX Edition. The tool enables engineers to prototype and test high-speed interfaces quickly and easily. The kit helps designers evaluate transceiver performance for jitter, protocol compliance, and equalization at up to 8.5 Gbps through a simple-to-use graphical user interface (GUI). The hardware development platform features an Altera Stratix IV GX FPGA with transceivers that operate up to 8.5 Gbps. The Transceiver Signal Integrity Development Kit, Stratix IV GX Edition is currently available and is priced at $2,495 for the 4SGX230N/C3 kit and $2,995 for the 4SGX230N/C2 kit.

Altera Stratix IV GX Transceiver Signal Integrity Development Board

Stratix IV GX Development Kit Highlights

  • Evaluate transceiver performance from 600 Mbps to 8.5 Gbps
  • Generate and check pseudo-random binary sequence (PRBS) patterns via a simple-to-use GUI (does not require Quartus II software)
  • Dynamically change Voltage Output Differential (VOD), pre-emphasis, and equalization settings to optimize transceiver performance for your channel
  • Perform jitter analysis
  • Verify physical medium attachment (PMA) compliance to PCI Express (Gen1 and Gen2), Serial RapidIO, Gigabit Ethernet, 10 Gigabit Ethernet XAUI, CEI-6G, Fibre Channel 1G/4G/8G, high-definition serial digital interface (HD-SDI), and other major standards

Stratix IV GX Signal Integrity Development Board

  • EP4SGX230KF40C3N or EP4SGX230KF40C2N on-board FPGA
  • 8 transceiver channels routed to SMA connectors
  • Flash memory for storing FPGA images
  • Embedded USB-Blaster for FPGA configuration and control
  • Power measurement circuitry

Application GUI

  • Allows users to change transceiver settings and data patterns
  • Displays bit error rates for each transceiver channel
  • Displays temperature and power-consumption information

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