Xilinx have created PCI Express x8 Gen3-based designs. The solution features the Virtex-7 field programmable gate array integrated block. All the elements needed for PCI Express x8 Gen3-based designs are now available, including the Virtex-7 X690T FPGA with an integrated PCI express block, ISE Design Suite 14.1 software tool support, a DMA engine provided by third-party Xilinx Alliance Program members, and a 1866 Mb/s DDR3 external memory interface.
The Xilinx solution for designs using the Virtex-7 FPGA integrated block for PCI Express x8 Gen3 with DDR3 external memory provides developers with all the building blocks needed to get started on PCI Express Gen3-based designs immediately. The Xilinx integrated blocks for the PCI Express Gen3 standard along with support for 1866 Mb/s high speed memory interfaces in mid-speed grade devices enable engineers to design systems that meet high system bandwidth requirements needed in communications, storage, and server applications.
The new solution offers a 40% performance advantage compared to other memory solutions. Xilinx improves productivity by offering maximum memory data rates in their mid-speed grade devices as well as built-in capabilities in its Virtex-7 XT devices for single-root I/O virtualization and multi-function end points to address the emerging needs in Data Center and cloud computing.
Virtex-7 XT and HT FPGAs are the first generation of Xilinx All Programmable devices that integrate hard IP cores for the PCI Express Gen3 standard. Both Kintex-7 and Virtex-7 FPGAs feature 1866 Mb/s DDR3 external memory interfaces to further bolster the PCI Express system throughput.
More info: Xilinx, Inc.