Altera is now shipping Stratix V FPGA devices in volume production. The Altera Stratix V devices are the only FPGAs to feature 14.1 Gbps transceiver bandwidth and are the only FPGAs capable of supporting the latest generation of the Fibre Channel protocol (16GFC). Altera started shipping engineering samples of 28nm FPGAs featuring integrated 14.1 Gbps transceivers over a year ago.
Xilinx has shipped the Virtex-7 H580T FPGA, which is the first 3D heterogeneous all programmable product. The Virtex-7 H580T features eight 28 Gbps transceivers and plenty of logic capacity. The device is the only FPGA that can integrate additional line card functionality so designers can implement a dual 100G OTN transponder on a single chip.
Byte Paradigm recently published a white paper about testing and debugging a FPGA with multi-gigabit transceiver. The technical paper features Byte Paradigm’s new Thunder Series probe. The PC-based instrument uses FPGA multi-gigabit transceivers as high-speed interface for collecting trace data and inserting test pattern stimulus during FPGA testing and debugging. The article discusses the advantages of using high bandwidth links in combination with adequate embedded instrumentation IP implemented in FPGA.
The energy smart Sundance EVP6472-903 is a modular Dual WiMax RF multiprocessing solution. The EVP6472-903 features two Maxim WiMax (IEEE802.16-2004) transceivers, Xilinx Virtex-5 FXT FPGA and two Texas Instruments (TI) TMS320C6472 Digital Signal Processors (DSP). The dual DSP devices offer twelve TMS320C64x+ processor cores clocked at 500MHz for telecom demanding real time processing. It is ideal for high-end industrial, mission critical, test and measurement, communication, medical imaging, blade server and high-end image and video processing.
Xilinx Virtex-6 HXT FPGA devices support 40Gbps and 100Gbps line cards with flexible port configurations including 1x40Gbps, 4x10Gbps, 1x100Gbps and 10x10Gbps. Virtex-6 HXT FPGAs offer the industry’s highest serial bandwidth through a combination of 6.6Gbps GTX transceivers and 11.18Gbps GTH transceivers. Virtex-6 HXT FPGA devices support the optical requirements of next generation communications equipment without the need for external re-timer circuitry through transceiver jitter performance. Virtex-6 HXT FPGAs are shipping now. Engineers can start their designs immediately with the ISE Design Suite version 12.3. The devices are ideal for packet and transport, switch fabric, video switching, and imaging equipment.
Altera became the first company to demonstrate 25-Gbps transceiver performance in programmable logic. Altera achieved this with their 28nm transceiver test chip, which is a prototyping platform that Altera is using to deploy 28-Gbps transceivers on 28nm FPGAs. The 25-Gbps more than doubles the transceiver performance in currently available FPGA solutions.
Altera has enhanced their Arria II GX FPGA variant with 6.375-Gbps transceivers and up to 1.25-Gbps LVDS support. Altera also introduced their new Arria II GZ FPGA variant. The Arria II GZ FPGA offers up to 24 6.375-Gbps transceivers, more density and memory, and higher digital signal processing (DSP) capabilities than Arria II GX FPGAs. Arria II GX FPGAs are shipping now and are supported in the Quartus II design software version 10.0. Arria II GZ devices will be supported in the Quartus II design software version 10.1 when the device ships in the fourth quarter of this year.
Altera introduced the 28nm Stratix V FPGA family. The Stratix V FPGA family features up to 1.6 Tbps of serial switching capability; up to 1.1 million logic elements (LEs); 53-Mbits embedded memory; 3,680 18×18 multipliers; and integrated transceivers operating up to 28 Gbps. Samples of Stratix V FPGAs are expected in the first quarter of 2011.
Altera announced the interoperability of the Stratix IV GT FPGAs with 40G Quad Small Form-Factor Pluggable (QSFP) optical modules from Avago Technologies. The 11.3-Gbps transceivers of the Stratix IV GT FPGAs enable designers to connect eight QSFP optical modules to a single FPGA and transport up to 320 Gbps of aggregate data in their system. Obtaining this same level of performance using FPGAs with sub-10-Gbps transceivers would normally require 32 SFP+ optical modules.
Altera’s upcoming 28nm FPGAs will feature Embedded HardCopy Blocks, 28-Gbps embedded transceivers, and user-friendly partial reconfiguration. Embedded HardCopy Blocks will improve the density and I/O performance of next-generation Altera FPGAs. High-speed transceivers will help designers implement designs such as 400G systems on a single chip without the need for costly external components. Partial reconfiguration enables designers to reconfigure part of the FPGA while other sections remain running.