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.
Lattice Semiconductor introduced the SPI4 Intellectual Property (IP) core for OIF-compliant System Packet Interface Level 4 Phase 2 Revision 1 (SPI4.2.1). The full rate solution is based on LatticeECP3 Field Programmable Gate Arrays (FPGAs). The SPI-4.2 soft IP core supports up to 256 data channels with aggregate throughputs of between 3 and 12.8Gbps and can be used to connect network processors with OC192 framers, mappers, and fabrics, as well as Gigabit and 10-Gigabit Ethernet MACs. The Lattice SPI-4.2 IP core is available now ($3,000 list price).