Applied Micro Circuits Corp. and Xilinx Inc. have announced plans to provide FPGA support
for AMCC's Flexbus 3 and Flexbus 4 system interfaces.
Flexbus was developed to connect Sonet/SDH framer and mapper ICs to link layer devices such as SARs and network processors. The relationship between Xilinx and AMCC will result in intellectual property solutions that will enable the use of Flexbus 3 and Flexbus 4 in applications that utilize both companies' products. Further product and availability details will be shared in the near future, the companies said.
"We are excited to support a market leader in providing robust off-the-shelf OC-192 solutions," said Rich Sevcik, Xilinx senior vice president of intellectual property, software, and services. "The Xilinx Virtex family has been extremely well received in the high-end optical networking applications where industry leading programmable performance is
required. By enabling our customers to rapidly merge their FPGA-based logic requirements with AMCC's hardware proven OC-48 and OC-192 solutions, we are together providing significant time-to-market advantages."
Communications-system OEMs are beginning to require FPGA support for system interfaces such as Flexbus since the flexibility of FPGAs can greatly extend the life of established products. "We have been using the Virtex technology in our lab to build test platforms for over two years now, and have been very successful getting the Flexbus-to-Virtex interface to run at wire speed for both OC-48 and OC-192 rates," said John LoMedico, vice president of digital products at AMCC, San Diego. "The FPGA support from Xilinx is proof of the popularity and flexibility of our Flexbus system interfaces; we're excited about the enabling advantages it will provide to our customers."
With AMCC's framer and mapper solutions, designers can build systems
that terminate mainstream traffic like ATM and POS packet over SONET. Using
a Direct Map Mode (DMM) option, users can also map virtually any type of
traffic into the SONET payload. "We have customers using this capability to
transport Ethernet and Fiber channel over the public network," added