Altera recently used their 28nm Stratix V GT FPGA devices to demonstrate interoperability with a 100-Gbps optical module. This is the first time a field programmable gate array has demonstrated interoperability with a 100-Gbps optical module. The Altera Stratix V GT FPGA’s interoperability with 100-Gbps optical module will enable next-generation 100-Gbps networks. This is of importance because more bandwidth will be required in the next few years because global Internet traffic expected to multiply dramatically.
CAST introduced the UDPIP IP core. The CAST UDPIP is a hardware implementation of the User Datagram Protocol (UDP), which is a fast, simple, transport layer protocol that works without the handshaking and error correction of the more rigorous Transmission Control Protocol (TCP). The UDPIP IP core is available now in Verilog or as an optimized netlist for Altera and Xilinx FPGAs. Integration with MAC cores from CAST, FPGA vendors, or other sources is available. Integration with CAST compression cores (e.g., the H.264 encoder) is also available.
Tokyo Electron Device has developed an IP core compatible with the MECHATROLINK-III standard for implementation with the low-cost Xilinx Spartan-6 FPGA family. The MECHATROLINK-III specification is an open motion field network communications standard established by the Iruma, Saitama Prefecture, Japan-based MECHATROLINK Members Association. Tokyo Electron Device’s MECHATROLINK-III compliant IP core for Spartan-6 FPGAs will be available in the third quarter of this year.
Xilinx announced the Spartan-6 FPGA Industrial Ethernet Kit. The Targeted Design Platform is optimized for industrial automation system design with low-cost, low-power Xilinx Spartan-6 field programmable gate arrays (FPGAs). The Xilinx Industrial Automation Targeted Design Platform accelerates development of real-time Ethernet networks. The Spartan-6 FPGA Industrial Ethernet Kit is available now from Avnet in limited quantities with general availability in April 2010. The kit is priced at $1,895 (US).