Altera to Offer FPGAs with Direct Optical Interfaces

Altera revealed their plans for optically interconnected programmable devices. Altera will enable direct optical interfaces in future device packages and break through the bandwidth and signal integrity barriers inherent in copper technology. Altera believes direct optical interfaces have the potential to future-proof backplanes. Altera’s optically interconnected programmable devices will increase network bandwidth and port density, and lower system complexity, cost, and power.

Altera FPGA Optical Interface Highlights

  • Direct optical interfaces will increase bandwidth capabilities
  • Will reduce overall system complexity, cost and power
  • Copper-base interconnects will impede innovation
  • Replace pluggable optics, reduce power, and increase port density and bandwidth for computer and storage-intensive applications
  • Replace board material and connectors, increase bandwidth and eliminate signal integrity issues for backplane applications
  • Future-proof backplanes
  • Integrates the latest FPGA with laser and photon detector
  • Can provide reach-length, power, cost, density, form-factor, and weight benefits compared with conventional electrical signaling and interconnect and electrical-optical signaling and interconnect
  • Can be used for backplane short reach chip-to-chip (~ or > 1 m), board-to-board, rack-torack, and system-to-system interconnect for a reach distance up to ~100 m
  • Ideal for datacom and telecom systems, data center, data transporting, military network systems, test and measurement, medical, and broadcasting systems

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