Xilinx Announces Virtex-5 FPGA Solution for XAUI Protocol

Xilinx, Inc. (Nasdaq: XLNX), the world’s leading supplier of programmable logic solutions, announced availability of a Virtex(TM)-5 solution for designers using the XAUI communications protocol. The complete solution includes a reference design, XAUI protocol characterization report for GTP transceivers, access to Xilinx(R) LogiCORE(TM) IP, and a PCIe(R) add-in card with CX4 connector development board. The solution accelerates time-to-market for architects developing and implementing high speed designs using the XAUI protocol for applications in communications, networking, storage, computing, and aerospace and defense markets.

Xilinx Virtex-5 FPGAs, with built-in endpoint blocks for PCI Express(R), Ethernet MAC and low power 3.75Gbps RocketIO(TM) GTP transceivers, and numerous LogiCORE soft IP — including XGMAC (Ten Gigabit Ethernet MAC) and XAUI, provide a platform that enables implementation of a fully integrated and compliant solution that has passed the UNH-IOL testing for the XAUI protocol.

Complete XAUI Solution
The solution enables engineers to quickly get a design using XAUI up and running on a desktop PC, including all components needed to bring-up a high performance Virtex-5 FPGA based XAUI design in a PC environment.

  • 8-lane PCI Express add-in card with a CX4 connector
  • Virtex-5 FPGA with built-in blocks for PCI Express endpoint, Ethernet MACs & 3.75 Gbps RocketIO GTP transceivers
  • LogiCORE IP products to develop a XAUI, XGMAC, 1-8-lane PCIe endpoint in the FPGA
  • Reference Designs and Software
  • Windows and Linux software drivers
  • Technical documentation

“Our complete XAUI solution enables system architects to rapidly implement XAUI interfaces and evaluate performance benefits in a low-cost desktop PC form factor. Other benefits include reducing design risk and lowering total system cost,” said Anil Telikepalli, senior manager of horizontal platform solutions marketing at Xilinx. “The XAUI protocol continues to rapidly expand in new equipment and market segments, and our Virtex(TM)-5 LXT and SXT devices, with built-in serial transceivers and LogiCORE IP supporting XAUI protocol & XGMAC layers, are being deployed in an increasing number of existing and new applications.”

About Xilinx Virtex-5 FPGAs
The Virtex-5 family represents the fifth generation in the award-winning Virtex series. Built upon the industry’s most advanced 65nm triple-oxide technology, breakthrough new ExpressFabric(TM) technology and proven ASMBL(TM) architecture, the Virtex-5 family includes four domain-optimized platforms for high-speed logic, digital signal processing (DSP), embedded processing and serial connectivity applications. Production devices are shipping now and may be purchased online or through Xilinx distributors. For further cost reductions, the Xilinx(R) EasyPath(TM) program enables customers to use Virtex-5 devices in high-volume applications.

Pricing and Availability
The Virtex-5 FPGA reference design for XAUI is available for immediate download.

About Xilinx
Xilinx, Inc. is the worldwide leader of programmable logic solutions.