Altera Corporation’s (NASDAQ: ALTR) Plug & Play Signal Integrity technology redefines FPGA use in high-performance systems by enabling a single card configuration to be plugged into any designated system slot while under system power. The system solution is enabled by the latest Quartus(R) II design software and is available now in production for Stratix(R) II GX FPGAs.
Altera’s Plug & Play Signal Integrity technology is a combination of low-power linear adaptive equalization technology — Altera’s new Adaptive Dispersion Compensation Engine (ADCE) — and the hot-socketing capability found in every Altera(R) FPGA. When hot-swapping a single card configuration in a system, the ADCE automatically monitors and adjusts itself for interconnect loss and environmental variations to provide the highest system performance and data reliability available in the industry today.
Plug & Play Signal Integrity provides designers and system architects with production-qualified, hot-socketable Stratix II GX FPGAs that can actively monitor and automatically compensate for signal degradation in multi-gigabit system interconnects due to manufacturing, voltage, temperature, and design variations. Altera’s Plug & Play Signal Integrity solution continuously adjusts equalizer settings for each of up to 20 receivers found in the Stratix II GX FPGA family to provide the best eye opening for non-return-to-zero (NRZ) signals operating between 2.5 Gbps and 6.375 Gbps, significantly improving system reliability, performance, and bit error rate (BER).
Plug & Play Signal Integrity can be enabled with the customer beta release of Quartus II software version 7.2. The production version of Quartus II software will be available for download in October.