Lattice Semiconductor has licensed the Serial RapidIO 2.1 endpoint soft IP core for the LatticeECP3 FPGA family from Praesum. Lattice has full rights to use and sub-license the Serial RapidIO IP core. The core supports 1x, 2x, and 4x lane configurations at up to 3.125Gbps lane speeds, offering the lowest cost, lowest power programmable SRIO solution in the industry. The Serial RapidIO 2.1 IP core is available for immediate evaluation and use.
Serial RapidIO 2.1 IP Core Features
- Allows for 1x, 2x, 4x lane configurations
- Up to 3.125Gbps
- Implements physical layer, transport layer, maintenance transaction handling and error management extensions
- Provides infrastructure support for external logical layer functions, enabling maximum flexibility
- Provides a choice of logical layer functions that are important for the application
- Provides a choice of how logic layer functions interact with the rest of the system – SOC bus or streaming interfaces
- Supports software implementations of control plane oriented functions such as doorbells and messages
- Backward compatible with the v1.3 specification
RapidIO has won broad acceptance in wireless infrastructure applications, where it is used as a primary interconnect for DSP clusters in baseband processing. In the past, vendors had to rely on expensive, premium FPGAs for these applications. However, the combination of the Serial RapidIO 2.1 core and the LatticeECP3 FPGA will now allow customers to develop low-power infrastructure solutions for 3G, LTE and WiMAX without sacrificing performance or cost. The Serial RapidIO 2.1 core and other Lattice IP cores such as low latency CPRI and GbE/SGMII comprise a comprehensive IP suite in support of wireless infrastructure applications.