Xilinx PCI Express 2.0 Compliant Virtex-5 FXT FPGA

The Virtex(R)-5 FXT FPGA platform from Xilinx, Inc. (Nasdaq: XLNX) is fully compliant with version 2.0 of the PCI Express(R) standard, making it the first FPGA offering available to support the 5Gbps version of the widely-adopted serial interconnect standard. The Virtex-5 FXT FPGA platform has been added to the PCI-SIG(R) Integrator’s List of products that support PCIe(R) 2.0 applications.

With built-in 6.5Gbps Rocket IO(TM) GTX transceiver technology, Virtex-5 FXT FPGAs are ideally suited to support the PCIe 2.0 specification, which doubles the interconnect bit rate over the previous version from 2.5Gbps to 5Gbps to support leading-edge high-bandwidth applications. The Virtex-5 TXT FPGA platform, which has up to 48 RocketIO GTX transceivers, also supports the PCIe 2.0 standard. Drawing less than 150mW typical, per transceiver at 5Gbps, the RocketIO GTX transceivers enable designers to realize high-speed PCIe 2.0 performance on an FPGA with minimal power consumption.

Xilinx teamed up with key alliance members to provide a comprehensive suite of design resources, including IP cores, for PCIe 2.0 multilane (x1, x2, x4, x8) support, hardware development platforms, and reference designs. These complementary offerings provide a complete, scalable and flexible solution to quickly develop systems with higher performing interconnect at lower cost to deliver first-time design success.

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