Enables Implementation of PCIe Gen2 and Other High-Speed Serial Interfaces in Stratix IV GX FPGAs
San Jose, Calif., June 3, 2009—Altera Corporation (NASDAQ: ALTR) today announced availability of the Stratix® IV GX FPGA Development Kit. The kit features hardware and software solutions for the rapid creation of designs using Altera's high-performance 40-nm Stratix IV GX FPGAs with integrated 8.5-Gbps transceivers. The development kit provides an ideal environment for designing and testing high-speed serial interfaces, such as PCI Express (PCIe) Gen2, with up to x8-lane configurations.
The Stratix IV GX FPGA Development Kit offers a complete PCIe Gen2 end-point hardware design package, featuring a PCI-SIG-compliant board and two PCIe Gen2 hard intellectual property (IP) cores in the Stratix IV GX FPGA. A PCIe high-performance reference design that demonstrates both the software and hardware elements of a PCIe system is available for download on the Altera® website. The two elements of this reference design communicate with drivers created using Jungo's PCIe WinDriver tool forming a fully functional PCIe system. Several other popular protocols are supported by the development kit through the use of high-speed mezzanine cards available from Altera partners, including 10 Gigabit Ethernet (10 GbE), CPRI, OBSAI, SAS/SATA and Serial RapidIO® (SRIO).
“We work closely with Altera to ensure our PCIe WinDriver development toolkit complement and work seamlessly with the PCIe hard IP cores in Stratix IV GX FPGAs," said Ophir Herbst, general manager of Jungo's connectivity business unit. "Our proven software drivers in combination with Altera's Stratix IV GX FPGA Development Kit provide our mutual customers a complete environment to design and implement leading-edge PCIe 2.0 x8 solutions.”
The Stratix IV GX FPGA Development Kit provides customers with industry-leading innovations within Stratix IV GX FPGAs, including 36 full-duplex transceivers (24 of which operate at up to 8.5 Gbps), two PCIe hard IP blocks, 230K logic elements (LEs) and 13.9 Mbits of embedded memory. The development kit features a Stratix IV GX EP4SGX230 FPGA-based development board, a one-year license of Quartus® II Software, Development Kit Edition and access to Altera's MegaCore® IP library including the Nios® II Embedded Design Suite.
Pricing and Availability
The Stratix IV GX FPGA Development Kit currently is available and priced at $4,495. To learn more about this kit, or to purchase, visit www.altera.com/pr/sivgxkit. For more information on Stratix IV FPGAs, contact your local Altera sales representative or visit www.altera.com/pr/stratix4.
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