Thursday, September 8, 2011

Altera rolls out signal integrity development kit for 28nm Stratix-V GX SERDES

The Altera transceiver development board for the 28nm Stratix V GX FPGA is available for $4,995.

Altera Corporation has announced availability of a signal integrity development kit for the 28nm Stratix® V GX FPGA SERDES (serializer-deserializer) , which will enable design engineers to evaluate and develop transceiver links for high-bandwidth applications ranging from 600 Mbps to 12.5 Gbps.  Users of the kit can verify compliance with popular communication protocol standards, including 10GbE, 10GBASE-KR, PCI Express® (PCIe®) Gen1, Gen2 and Gen3, Serial RapidIO®, Gigabit Ethernet (GbE), 10 GbE XAUI, CEI-6G, CEI-11G, HD-SDI, Interlaken and Fiber Channel.

The $4,995 kit includes the Stratix V GX development board (5SGXEA7N2F40C2NES) and a one-year license for the company's Quartus® II design software. Altera also provides design examples and access to their MegaCore® IP library, including the Nios® II Embedded Design Suite.

Features of the Stratix V kit include:
Configuration status and set-up elements:
  • JTAG
  • On-board USB Blaster
  • FPP configuration via MAX II device and flash memory
  • Two configuration file storage
  • Temperature measurement circuitry (Die & Ambient temperature)
  • 50MHz, 125MHz, programmable oscillators (preset values: 624 MHz, 644.5 MHz, 706.25MHz,875 MHz)
  • SMA connectors for supplying an external transceiver differential reference clock.
  • SMA connectors for supplying an external differential clock to the FPGA fabric.
  • SMA connectors to output a differential clock from the FPGA's phase locked-loop (PLL) output pin.
General user input/output
  • 10/100/1000Mbps Ethernet PHY (RGMII) with RJ-45 (copper) connector.
  • 16x2 character LCD.
  • One 8-position dip.switch.
  • Eight user LEDs.
  • Four user pushbuttons.
Memory devices
  • 128-megabyte (MB) sync flash memory (primarily to store FPGA configurations).
High speed serial interfaces
  • Seven full duplex transceiver channels routed to SMA connectors.
  • Short trace routed on a micro-strip.
  • Six strip-line channels from the with all the trace lengths are matched across channels.
  • 21 full-duplex transceiver channels routed to backplane connector.
  • Seven channels to Molex® Impact® connector.
  • Seven channels to Amphenol® XCede®.
  • Seven channels to footprint of Tyco Strada® Whisper® connector.
  • Laptop DC input
  • Voltage margining
Pricing and availability
You can purchase the kit directly from Altera's website at, where you can also download the user's guide and reference manual.

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