September 6, 2011 -- Altera Corp. today reached another milestone in the industry's roll-out of 28-nm FPGAs by announcing availability of the Stratix V GX FPGA Signal Integrity Development Kit, the first development kit featuring 28-nm FPGAs. The Stratix V GX FPGA Signal Integrity Development Kit provides a platform for measuring and evaluating transceiver link performance ranging from 600Mbps to 12.5Gbps.
The Stratix V GX FPGA Signal Integrity Development Kit features advanced equalization functions for the device's high-speed serial transceivers. Designers can perform real-world system analysis using on-board SMA and popular backplane connectors including Molex Impact and Amphenol XCede. These built-in high-speed backplane connectors are used to evaluate custom backplane performance and evaluate link BER. Users can also generate and check pseudo-random binary sequence (PRBS) patterns via a graphical user interface.
"To meet the ever increasing data rates and bandwidth requirements of today's high-end communications systems, it's essential for SerDes providers to invest in signal and power integrity in their silicon," said Dr. Eric Bogatin, Signal Integrity Evangelist with Bogatin Enterprises, a LeCroy Company. "Altera's Stratix V Transceiver Signal Integrity Development Kit provides an ideal vehicle to evaluate transceiver performance for customer applications and accelerate the development time for new designs."
The Stratix V FPGA Signal Integrity Development Kit lets users verify compliance with the most popular protocol standards today, including 10GbE, 10GBASE-KR, PCI Express (PCIe) Gen1, Gen2 and Gen3, Serial RapidIO, Gigabit Ethernet (GbE), 10 GbE XAUI, CEI-6G, CEI-11G, HD-SDI, Interlaken and Fiber Channel. The development kit features a Stratix V GX FPGA-based development board, a one-year license of Quartus II Software, design examples and access to Altera's MegaCore IP library including the Nios II Embedded Design Suite.
Availability and Pricing
The FPGA Signal Integrity Development Kit is available now and priced at $4,995.
Go to the Altera Corp. website for details.