NEC System Platforms Research Laboratories has selected Altera’s (Nasdaq: ALTR) transceiver-based Stratix(R) II GX FPGAs and Nios(R) II embedded processor for implementing its new high-speed ExpEther interface. ExpEther is a PCI Express (PCIe)-to-Gigabit Ethernet (GbE) interface that makes data transfer on PCIe available via the GbE networking protocol. It extends the internal bus connection to LAN-connected devices and facilitates system expansion, meeting requirements for next-generation networked platforms.
NEC’s goal was to rapidly develop a compact, custom implementation of this high-speed interface applicable across many products, such as communications systems, computers and servers. Using the Stratix II GX FPGA enabled NEC to design the ExpEther interface with a single device. Stratix II GX FPGAs deliver more high-speed transceiver ports, ample logic gates for communications and computer systems, and needed features for control management with implementation of Nios II soft core processors.