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Virtex-5 FPGAs gain PCIe V2.0 compliance

Posted: 25 Nov 2008     Print Version  Bookmark and Share

Keywords:FPGA platform  PCIe standard  serial interconnect standard 

Xilinx Inc. has announced that its Virtex-5 FXT FPGA platform is now fully compliant with version 2.0 of the PCIe standard thereby supporting the 5Gbps version of the serial interconnect standard.

Having passed the last round of specification testing at the PCI-SIG's Compliance Workshop #62, the Virtex-5 FXT FPGA platform has been added to the PCI-SIG Integrator's List as the centerpiece of a broad range of design resources from Xilinx and its alliance members that support PCIe 2.0 applications.

With built-in 6.5Gbps Rocket IO GTX transceiver technology, Virtex-5 FXT FPGAs are able to support the PCIe 2.0 specification, which doubles the interconnect bit rate over the previous version from 2.5Gbps to 5Gbps to support leading-edge high-bandwidth applications.

The recently announced Virtex-5 TXT FPGA platform, which has up to 48 RocketIO GTX transceivers, also supports the PCIe 2.0 standard. Drawing less than 150mW typical, per transceiver at 5Gbps, the RocketIO GTX transceivers enable designers to realise high-speed PCIe 2.0 performance on an FPGA with minimal power consumption.

-Colin Holland
EE Times Europe

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