Implements a UDP/IP hardware protocol stack that enables high-speed communication over a LAN or a point-to-point connection. Designed for standalone operation, the core is ideal for offloading the host processor from the demanding task of UDP/IP encapsulation and enables media streaming with speeds up to 1Gbps even in processor-less SoC designs.
Trouble-free network operation is ensured through run-time programmability of all the required network parameters (local, destination and gateway IP addresses; UDP ports; and MAC address etc.). The core implements the Address Resolution Protocol (ARP), which is critical for multiple access networks, and the Echo Request and Reply Messages (“ping”) of the Internet Control Message Protocol (ICMP) widely used to test network connectivity. It can use a static IP address or automatically request and acquire an IP address from a Dynamic Host Configuration Server (DHCP) server. Furthermore, the core supports 801.1Q tagging, and is suitable for operation in a Virtual LAN.
The core is easy to integrate in systems with or without a host processor. Packet data can be read/written to the core via dedicated AMBA® AXI4-stream or Avalon®-ST interfaces, while registers are accessible via an AXI4-Lite, or AHB or Avalon-MM slave interface. Bridges to other interface protocols can be made available up on request. The core is Ethernet MAC-independent, but can be made available pre-integrated with an Intel, Xilinx, or other third-party eMAC core.
This core can be mapped to any any Intel, Lattice, MicroSemi, or Xilinx programmable device, or to any ASIC technology, provided sufficient silicon resources are available. Please contact CAST Sales to get accurate characterization data for your specific implementation requirements.