Stratix® IV GX Protocol Support

Figure 1. Key Protocols and Applications

Transceiver-based devices are now commonly used to meet the ever increasing data bandwidth requirements of communications, networking, storage, broadcast, and imaging applications. A number of industry standard protocols are emerging to support these applications.

The Stratix IV GX FPGA transceiver architecture greatly simplifies protocol implementation by adding dedicated functionality within the physical coding sublayer (PCS) block of the transceiver to achieve compliance. The transceiver has been specifically designed to support the widest possible range of protocol standards across multiple data rates, while offering excellent signal integrity and keeping power consumption low.

Stratix IV GX FPGAs support a complete solution for protocol-based applications. The solution includes dedicated intellectual property (IP) cores, development boards, reference designs, collateral, and protocol-specific characterization reports. The solutions, combined with Intel® Quartus® Prime development tools and Platform Designer (formerly Qsys), help to reduce development overhead in both device resources and engineering efforts.

Table 1. Stratix IV GX Device Complete Protocol Solutions

Protocol

Data Rate

Number of
Channels in Link

IP

Kit

Characterization

PCI Express* Gen1 ›

2.5 Gbps

1, 4, 8

PCI Express Gen2 ›

5.0 Gbps

1, 4, 8

RapidIO* ›

1.25, 2.5, 3.125 Gbps

1,4

SerialLite II ›

622 Mbps–6.375 Gbps

1–256

OIF CEI-6G ›

4.976 Gbps–6.375 Gbps

1

-

Interlaken ›

3.125 Gbps–6.375 Gbps

1–N

10 Gigabit Ethernet XAUI ›

3.125 Gbps

4

HiGig ›

3.75 Gbps

4

GPON ›

1.244 Gbps upstream

2.488 Gbps downstream

1

-

-

SFI-5 ›

2.488 Gbps–3.125 Gbps

17

-

-

Gigabit Ethernet (GbE) ›

1.25 Gbps

1

SDH/SONET OC-12 ›

622 Mbps

1

-

SDH/SONET OC-48 ›

2.488 Gbps

1

-

CPRI ›

0.6144, 1.288, 2.4576, 3.072 Gbps

1

-

-

Fibre Channel ›

1.0625, 2.125, 4.25, 8.5 Gbps

1

-

HyperTransport* ›

2.4, 2.8, 3.2 Gbps

2, 4, 8, 16

-

-

SD-SDI ›

270 Mbps (1)

1

HD-SDI ›

1.485 Gbps

1

3G-SDI ›

2.97 Gbps

1

Note:

  1. Data rate supported using oversampling