Mercury Devices--Industry's Only PLDs with 18 CDR Channels-Demonstrate
the Power of the CompactPCI Serial Mesh Backplane (CSMB) Fabric
San Jose, Calif., April 23, 2002 -- Altera Corporation (Nasdaq:
ALTR) and Motorola Computer Group, a part of Motorola, Inc. (NYSE: MOT)
announced today that Altera® Mercury™ devices
provide a critical high-speed link in Motorola's Multi-Service Packet Transport
Platform (MXP). Motorola chose Altera Mercury devices for the MXP because
it required a flexible, high-speed transceiver solution including clock-data
recovery (CDR) to meet the high bandwidth requirements of the proposed
CompactPCI Serial Mesh Backplane (CSMB) standard. The CSMB is a point-to-point
serial interconnect that will enable the creation of high-speed packet
environments in excess of 700 Gbps with the ability to connect multiple
networks and support mixed-protocol applications such as 3G base stations,
edge routers, and media gateways.
"Altera programmable logic devices (PLDs) meet our needs for this project
in several fundamental ways," said Jeff Rhodes, business manager at Motorola
computer group. "First, we use Altera Mercury devices to provide full connectivity
of the mesh fabric, contributing significantly to the MXP's ability to
handle the high-end applications at the edge of the network. Further, the
ability to reconfigure Altera PLDs allows us to support evolving connection
standards for network processing, switch fabrics, and inter-processor communications.
By delivering both performance and flexibility, Altera has taken a significant
step forward in the movement to reduce the cost of entry for CSMB-compliant
The MXP addresses the need for telecom OEMs to handle different types
of traffic over different networks-including Internet protocol (IP), asynchronous
transfer mode (ATM), and circuit-switched-particularly as the telecom world
moves toward an all-packet transport. In order to support the potentially
heavy processing requirements for this traffic, the MXP supports up to
18 slots for network processors or general-purpose processors, more than
any other platform that meets the PCI Industrial Computer Manufacturers
Group backplane communications standard (PICMG 2.20). Mercury devices offer
built-in serializer/deserializer (SERDES) capabilities, and are the only
PLDs available that offer up to 18 CDR channels, making them an ideal solution
for the MXP or any platform based on the CSMB.
"By including built-in transceiver capabilities such as CDR and SERDES
in our products over a year ago, we sought to bring the advantages of PLDs
to the high-bandwidth products that would underpin the next-generation
communications infrastructure," said Grant Smith, product marketing manager
at Altera. "Motorola's use of Mercury devices in the MXP to achieve the
highest data throughput while satisfying the requirements of PICMG 2.20
demonstrates that we have achieved that goal."
Smith continued, "We will continue to provide Motorola and other technology
leaders with best-in-class transceiver capabilities, proving that Altera
will remain the leader in delivering unparalleled flexibility and time-to-market
advantages for industry-leading, bandwidth-intensive applications."
About Mercury Devices
Mercury devices provide up to 18 channels of 1.25-Gbps CDR transceiver
support for a maximum CDR bandwidth of 45 Gbps, up to 14,400 logic elements,
and up to 114,000 RAM bits, in compact FineLine BGA™ packages.
Their CDR transceivers enable support for high-speed serial backplane applications
or for high data rate communication standards such as Gigabit Ethernet.
For source-synchronous differential signaling, Mercury devices offer two
solutions: the True-LVDS™ solution for high-speed channels and
dedicated serializer/deserializers, and the Flexible-LVDS™ solution
for a fully scalable, 100-channel flexible solution. In addition, Mercury
devices provide the ability to interface to advanced memories such as double
data rate (DDR) SDRAMs, zero bus turnaround (ZBT) SRAMs, and quad data
rate (QDR) SRAMs. Mercury devices also feature a flexible quad-port RAM
mode in the enhanced embedded system blocks (ESBs) to enable complex memory-intensive
functions. For more information about Mercury devices, visit http://www.altera.com/products/devices/mercury/mcy-index.html.
Altera Corporation (Nasdaq: ALTR) is the world's pioneer of system-on-a-programmable-chip
(SOPC) solutions. Combining programmable logic technology with software
tools, intellectual property, and technical services, Altera provides high-value
programmable solutions to approximately 14,000 customers worldwide. More
information is available at http;//www.altera.com.
Motorola Computer Group is a business unit of the Motorola Integrated
Electronic Systems Sector (IESS). It is the world's leading supplier of
embedded computing platforms for equipment manufacturers in telecommunications,
network storage, imaging, medical equipment and semiconductor production
and test equipment industries, with core competencies in services and training,
design, manufacturing and systems integration capabilities. IESS is a leading
provider of advanced electronic products and systems for customers integrating
electronics into their products. Motorola IESS solutions provide the brains
that make electronic systems simpler, safer, smarter and more synchronized.
More information is available at http://www.motorola.com/computer.
Motorola, Inc. (NYSE:MOT) is a global leader in providing integrated
communications and embedded electronic solutions. Sales in 2001 were $30
billion. More information is available at http://www.motorola.com.