Altera Corp. (San Jose, CA) offers the high- density Stratix II GX family designed to provide up to 20 low-power transceivers operating between 600 Mbps and 6.375 Gbps with 127 Gbps of aggregate serial-link connectivity. The Stratix II GX FPGAs can be used to design and manufacture multi-gigabit interconnected sys- tems. Additionally, with the release of the EP2SGX30 and EP2SGX60 devices, Altera has completed the rollout of all Stratix II GX family members.

The Stratix II GX devices have been integrated into a wide variety of applications such as high-speed back- plane and cabling interfaces, chip-to-chip inter- connects, and protocol-bridging applications, including, but not limited to, such protocols as PCI Express, CEI-6G, serial digital interface (SDI), Gigabit Ethernet, Serial RapidIOTM (SRIO), XAUI, SerialLite II, Fibre Channel, and SONET/SDH.

The Stratix II GX FPGA system solution includes Altera®Quartus®II development soft- ware; best-in-class signal integrity, power distri- bution, and power estimation tools; intellectu- al property (IP) cores; system models from Altera, Cadence Design Systems, and Mentor Graphics®; reference designs; and support- ing collateral.

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This article first appeared in the March, 2007 issue of Embedded Technology Magazine.

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