Intel® FPGA Complete SerialLite II Solution

The Intel FPGA SerialLite II solution enables easy, high-speed serial protocol implementation, which reduces design risk, shortens development times and allows you to concentrate on the core functions of your system design.

SerialLite II is Intel's second-generation lightweight serial interconnect protocol for a wide array of chip-to-chip, board-to-board, and backplane applications. SerialLite II builds on the success of SerialLite, extending the performance range from 622 Mbps to 102 Gbps, and reducing the logic requirements by an average of 60 percent, to deliver the lowest-cost serial interconnect solution.

Table 1 provides an overview of the complete SerialLite II interconnect solution.

Table 1. Complete SerialLite II Solution

Solution Description
Device Family
Physical Interface Integrated PHY providing full PMA (1) and PCS (2) support
SerialLite II IP Core Intel FPGA SerialLite II IP Core
Development Board
Characterization Report Stratix II GX Characterization Report
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Reference Design SerialLite II Loopback Reference Design, available with IP
  1. PMA = physical medium attachment
  2. PCS = physical coding sublayer

Technology Background

The SerialLite II protocol, like its predecessor, is defined as a lightweight point-to-point serial interconnect with low protocol overhead, minimal data transfer latency, and a range of optional features to minimize logic requirements for the most cost-effective implementations.

SerialLite defined a full-duplex protocol based on a 16-bit datapath width (per lane), which resulted in minimal logic consumption for applications requiring symmetrical (transmit and receive) lane widths with lane rates from 1.6 to 3.125 Gbps.

SerialLite II builds on the success of SerialLite with optimized support for simplex, asymmetric, and broadcast data flows, and extended scalability with optional datapath widths (8, 16, or 32 bit per lane) for optimal implementations of lane rates below 1.5 Gbps and up to 6.375 Gbps.

Table 2 summarizes the key features and benefits of the SerialLite II protocol.

Table 2. Features and Benefits of SerialLite II

Feature Options Benefits
Data Flow Full-duplex, simplex, asymmetric, or broadcast Reduced logic for simplex, asymmetric, or broadcast applications
Data Type Packet or streaming Support for a variety of applications
Link Width 1 to 16 lanes Scalable link throughput from 622 Mbps to 102 Gbps in each direction
Lane Rate 622 Mbps to 6.375 Gbps
Datapath Width 8 bits, 16 bits, or 32 bits
(per lane)
Reduced logic for lane rates below 1.5 Gbps and scalability to 6.375-Gbps lane rates
Encoding 8B/10B Industry-standard encoding for the most reliable clock and data recovery
Scrambling Payload and idle, or none Reduced EMI for high lane rates
Reference Clock Asynchronous or synchronous Suitable for chip-to-chip, board-to-board, and backplane applications
Polarity Reversal Yes or no Implement the functionality required for your specific application for a cost-optimized solution
Data Integrity Protection CRC-32, CRC-16, or none
Packet Type Data, priority, or both Optional logic to insert high-priority data or control information
Flow Control Data packet, priority packet, both, or none Implement the functionality required for your specific application for a cost-optimized solution
Retry-on-Error Priority packet or none Increased link reliability
Channel Multiplexing Yes or no Support for applications with multiple logical channels
Atlantic Interface Data and priority ports Well-defined interface to user logic and a variety of Intel FPGA IP functions to accelerate design cycles for unique bridging solutions

Hardware Testing

To ensure the highest reliability, Intel FPGA SerialLite II solutions are extensively tested in hardware. The SerialLite II Intel FPGA IP function (v.1.0.0) has been tested on dual Stratix GX development boards in a range of configurations, including all of the data flow options, packet and streaming data, a variety of link widths, and lane rates up to 3.125 Gbps. The tests were conducted both with and without optional features enabled, such as data integrity protection, data and priority packets, flow control, and retry-on-error.