The cyclic redundancy check (CRC) algorithm detects the corruption of data during transmission, and detects a higher percentage of errors than a simple checksum. The CRC calculation consists of an iterative algorithm involving XORs and shifts that execute much faster in hardware than in software. This design uses the CRC-32 standard. It is implemented as a custom component alongside a Nios® II embedded processor. The design achieves over 5 Gbps throughput, demonstrating the levels of performance improvement that can be achieved by performing the function in hardware.
- Supports any CRC algorithm between 1–128 bits
- CRC component throughput of 32 bits per MHz
- 8-, 16-, 24-, and 32-bit datapaths
- Up to 2000x speed improvement over a software-only implementation
- Low latency performance of 0 cycle write latency and 1 cycle read latency
- Two example designs targeting Stratix® II and Cyclone® II FPGAs
Demonstrated Altera Technology
- Stratix II FPGAs
- Nios II Development Kit, Stratix II Edition
- Cyclone II FPGAs
- Nios II Development Kit, Cyclone II Edition
- Nios II Embedded Processor
Figure 1 shows the Avalon® CRC component block diagram.