SAN JOSE -- Altera Corp. here announced today that DCM Technologies, a new Altera Megafunction Partners Program member, has developed the first PCI-X core for programmable logic devices (PLDs).
DCM Technologies, a developer of PCI and PCI-X buses, is part of DCM Data Systems, a New Delhi, India-based ASIC design and communications software company.
"We are pleased that DCM Technologies has joined our AMPP partnership program and are equally excited that the company's advanced PCI-X cores are now available to our programmable logic user community," said Luanne Stechert, Altera's AMPP program manager. "DCM's fully verified PCI-X solution will not only accelerate development cycles for customers making the transition to this high-performance bus, but will also allow them to quickly develop advanced communications systems using Altera's System-on-a-Programmable-Chip SoPC methodology."
DCM's Corex-V10 provides a high-speed, flexible interface between the PCI-X bus and customer backend applications for communications system designers. Developed for high-performance applications such as Gigabit Ethernet, Fibre Channel, hubs, routers, and switches, the Corex-V10 can operate at 66 MHz when implemented into an Altera EP20K400E-1 device.
The Corex-V10 supports peak transfer rates of up to 1 gigabyte per second in both master and target modes. The Corex-V10 implements 64/32-bit, 133-MHz PCI-X functions and is PCI-X 1.0 and PCI 2.2 compliant. The core features a common local side interface and supports a fully synchronous design. Corex-V10 can also be used to migrate 64/32-bit, 66/33-MHz designs to PCI-X.
"DCM's new IP products and services targeted specifically at the PLD community allow Altera customers to take advantage of DCM's technology leadership in the PCI-X applications area," said Anil Tickoo, DCM Technologies marketing manager.
The DCM Corex-V10 AMPP core is available directly through DCM Technologies (see www.dcmtech.com ). This includes a CD consisting of a high-level testbench, a synthesis script, and a user guide. The Corex-V10N netlist version is available for $30,000. The Corex-V10S, a source code version, is also available for $150,000.