Analog Devices recently launched the JESD204B Xilinx Transceiver Debug Tool. The FPGA-based reference design with software and HDL code reduces the design risk of high-speed systems incorporating JESD204B-compatible converters. It supports the 312.5-Mbps to 12.5-Gbps JESD204B data converter-to-FPGA serial data interface and Xilinx Inc., 7 series FPGAs and Zynq-7000 All Programmable SoCs.
Altera recently launched their Arria V GZ FPGA. The transceiver variant offers an overall core performance boost of more than two speed grades, which translates to a 30% increase. The Arria V GZ variant provides both the high-speed serial transceivers and the external memory capability that designers need to build bandwidth-hungry data processing systems. Altera Arria V GZ FPGAs are available now and are supported in Quartus II software v12.1.
Mercury Computer Systems introduced the Echotek Series RFM-251-XMC Tuner and the Wideband DCM-V6-XMC Digital Transceiver. Both products feature a Xilinx Field-Programmable Gate Array. The Mercury mixed-signal modules offer outstanding SWaP characteristics for demanding RF applications. The new small form factor-based solutions detect, locate and capture signals in real-time across an extremely wide range of frequencies. The RFM 251 XMC Tuner and DCM-V5-6416-PCIe Digital Receiver improve the ability to anticipate threats and protect warfighters.
Altera introduced the Stratix V GX FPGA Signal Integrity Development Kit for 28nm FPGA devices. The Altera kit features a Stratix V GX FPGA-based development board, one-year license of Quartus II Software, design examples, access to Altera’s MegaCore IP library, and advanced equalization functions for the device’s high-speed serial transceivers. The Stratix V GX FPGA Signal Integrity Development Kit is available now. It is priced at $4,995.
GE Intelligent Platforms introduced the ICS-1572A ADC/DAC (Analog-Digital Converter/Digital-Analog Converter) transceiver XMC module. The GE ICS-1572A features the Xilinx Virtex-6 FPGA, two 16-bit ADCs sampling synchronously at frequencies up to 250 MHz and two 16-bit DACs at up to 500 MHz. The FPGA offers signal processing capability that can be loaded with standard functions such as wideband DDC, FFT and time stamping, or programmed by the user for any required function. The module is ideal for radar, test and measurement, signals intelligence, and communications applications.
Altera has begun production shipment of Cyclone IV FPGA devices. Altera’s Cyclone IV FPGAs are designed for cost-sensitive, small form-factor applications in the wireless, wireline, broadcast, industrial and consumer markets. The smallest Cyclone IV devices, the EP4CE6 and the EP4CGX15, are priced as low as $3 and $6 respectively for 250K unit quantities.
Reflex Photonics introduced the LA-T12-P418SM and LA-R12-P418SM 10 Gbps LightABLE Surface Mount 12 channel Parallel Fiber Optic Engines. The two new optical transceiver products require only 2.3 cm2 of board space and consume only 42 mW of power per channel. The optical engines are capable of transmitting or receiving 120 gigabits of optical data per second. The Reflex 10G surface-mount LightABLE optical engine will begin shipping in June.
The first members of Altera’s 40nm Arria II GX FPGA family is now shipping in volume production. The Arria II GX FPGAs now shipping in production include the EP2AGX45 and the EP2AGX65, featuring 45K logic elements (LEs) and 65K LEs, respectively. The Arria II GX device family is a low-power, low-cost and high-performance FPGA solution specifically targeting 3-Gbps transceiver applications.
Xilinx released IBIS-AMI models for FPGA transceivers. The Xilinx IBIS-AMI models enable designers to reduce simulation time from hours to minutes. HSPICE simulations of 100Gbps designs can take hours to achieve a result. With IBIS-AMI models, engineers in the FPGA industry will see 100x faster simulation times. Xilinx is the first FPGA provider to release IBIS-AMI models for transceiver technology.
Altera introduced the Cyclone IV FPGA family. The Cyclone IV FPGA family supports mainstream serial protocols while offering low cost, low power, and a rich supply of logic, memory and DSP capabilities. The EP4CGX15 and EP4C115E, the first Cyclone IV GX and Cyclone IV E devices respectively, will ship in the first quarter of 2010. Budgetary pricing for the smallest devices, the EP4CE6 and the EP4CGX15, will start as low as $3 and $6 respectively for 250K unit quantities in 2010. the FPGAs are ideal for high-volume, cost-sensitive applications.