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Xilinx's Ethernet Portfolio enables accelerated designs

17 Mar 2016

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Xilinx, Inc. has announced the release of its Ethernet portfolio consisting of 25GBASE-CR/KR, 50GBASE-CR2/KR2, 100GBASE-CR4/KR4 IP and the integrated 100G Ethernet MAC and RS-FEC IP. The portfolio is ideal for data centre interconnect, service provider, and enterprise applications.

As the portfolio's newest addition, Xilinx's integrated 100G Ethernet MAC with integrated RS-FEC built into 16nm UltraScale devices offers 80% power reduction and significant logic savings verses an FPGA soft IP implementation.

Increased demand from mobile traffic and cloud computing is forcing data centre optical links to 100G Ethernet and, in turn, impacting existing 10G Ethernet port downlinks. Upgrading 10G Ethernet ports to 25G Ethernet enables an increase in performance by 2.5x. The Xilinx integrated 100G Ethernet solution in the UltraScale architecture will enable companies to develop 100G Ethernet switches and core routers to handle the increasing bandwidth demands of mobile devices and cloud computing applications.

In addition, the 25G and 50G RS-FEC complete the migration for design of the down port links. RS-FEC enables the use of less expensive multi-mode fibre or copper interconnects by correcting errors inherent to those systems, thereby reducing overall costs. Having integrated 100G Ethernet MAC, PCS and RS-FEC logic saves significant FPGA resources, enables maximum platform reusability, reduces power, and allows migration to future proof designs.

Xilinx will be demonstrating its 16nm UltraScale+ FPGA with the integrated 100G Ethernet MAC and RS-FEC at OFC 2016, March 22–24, 2016, Anaheim Convention Centre, Anaheim, CA.




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