Xilinx Virtex-5 TXT FPGA Platform

Xilinx(R), Inc. (Nasdaq: XLNX) launched the Virtex(R)-5 TXT platform for telecommunications equipment manufacturers developing the next generation in Ethernet bridging and switching solutions. The Virtex-5 TXT platform is ideal for 40- and 100-Gigabit Ethernet (GE) applications. The Virtex-5 TXT platform consists of two devices that deliver the highest number of 6.5Gbps serial transceivers available on any FPGA, and are fully supported with application-specific IP, development tools, and reference designs for implementing high-bandwidth protocol bridging. The Virtex-5 TX150T and Virtex-5 TX240T devices will begin sampling by the end of calendar 2008 with production devices available in the first quarter of 2009. The TX150T device will list for under US$500 in 5,000 unit volumes by second half of 2009.

With its forty-eight (48) 6.5Gbps GTX transceivers, the Virtex-5 TXT platform is uniquely optimized for 100GE applications. It is designed to improve signal integrity for reliable operation of 10/100Gbps links, lower power consumption per channel for better reliability, and provide programmable support for multiple protocols, thus easily adapted to evolving standards for the interface between 100Gbps optical modules and the media access controller (MAC).

Virtex-5 TXT devices offer the only single-chip solution with built-in flexibility and re-programmability to scale as 40GE and 100GE hardware requirements and standards mature, while delivering the 600Gbps total bandwidth required today to build network bridges such as:

  • 100GbE to 120Gbps Interlaken
  • 40Gbps Quad XAUI to 50Gbps Interlaken
  • OC-768 to OTU-3
  • SFI-5 to 4xSFI4.2

The high-bandwidth capabilities of the Virtex-5 TXT platform are also well suited for high-performance computing and video broadcast applications. The high-transceiver count and ability to support multiple standards on a single programmable Virtex-5 TXT device delivers the flexibility, performance and low-risk required by these markets.

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