The folks at Xilinx have announced the availability of a Virtex-5 solution for designers using the XAUI communications protocol.
This complete solution includes a reference design, XAUI protocol characterization report for GTP transceivers, access to Xilinx LogiCORE IP, and a PCIe add-in card with CX4 connector development board. The solution is intended to accelerate time-to-market for architects developing and implementing high speed designs using the XAUI protocol for applications in communications, networking, storage, computing, and aerospace and defense markets.
Xilinx Virtex-5 FPGAs, with built-in endpoint blocks for PCI Express, Ethernet MAC and low power 3.75Gbps RocketIO GTP transceivers, and numerous LogiCORE soft IP – including XGMAC (Ten Gigabit Ethernet MAC) and XAUI – provide a platform that enables implementation of a fully integrated and compliant solution that has passed the UNH-IOL testing for the XAUI protocol.
Complete XAUI solution
The solution enables engineers to quickly get a design using XAUI up and running on a desktop PC, including all components needed to bring-up a high performance Virtex-5 FPGA based XAUI design in a PC environment.
- 8-lane PCI Express add-in card with a CX4 connector
- Virtex-5 FPGA with built-in blocks for PCI Express endpoint, Ethernet MACs and 3.75 Gbps RocketIO GTP transceivers
- LogiCORE IP products to develop a XAUI, XGMAC, 1-8-lane PCIe endpoint in the FPGA
- Reference Designs and Software
- Windows and Linux software drivers
- Technical documentation
About Xilinx Virtex-5 FPGAs
The Virtex-5 family represents the fifth generation in the Virtex series. Built upon an advanced 65 nm triple-oxide technology, ExpressFabric technology, and ASMBL architecture, the Virtex-5 family includes four domain-optimized platforms for high-speed logic, digital signal processing (DSP), embedded processing, and serial connectivity applications.
Production devices are shipping now and may be purchased online or through Xilinx distributors. For further cost reductions, the Xilinx EasyPath program enables customers to use Virtex-5 devices in high-volume applications. Visit www.xilinx.com/virtex5 for more information.
Availability and pricing
The Virtex-5 FPGA reference design for XAUI is available for immediate download at www.xilinx.com/XAUI.