SAN JOSE, Calif.
Aug 13, 2001
Xilinx, Inc. (NASDAQ: XLNX) today announced a suite of industry-first intellectual property (IP) cores for Virtex®-II platform FPGAs, fueling the rapidly growing 10Gb Ethernet market and the convergence of local area networks and wide area networks. The IP cores include a 10Gb Ethernet MAC core, a 100 MHz version of the industry leading Real PCI-X core, and a Common Switch Interface (CSIX) reference design. In addition, the company has signed an agreement with API NetWorks, Inc. to license a HyperTransport core. Combined with already released RapidIO, POS-PHY L3/L4 and FlexBus4 cores from Xilinx, the new IP cores enable the new era of terabit networking. Xilinx and other networking leaders will discuss these and other connectivity standards at the Terabit Networking Forum on August 21, 2001 at the Santa Clara Convention Center (www.xilinx.com/terabit).
"Connectivity from chip-to-chip to WAN is one of the most pressing issues for the networking industry," said Rich Sevcik, senior vice president and general manager at Xilinx. "The Xilinx® Virtex-II and IP cores offer an off-the-shelf, reprogrammable solution for system architects needing to quickly adapt to changing connectivity standards and get their leading-edge products to market quickly."
10Gb Ethernet Core
The 10Gb Ethernet solution allows for the development of emerging 10Gb networking equipment, providing an alternative to SONET for WAN systems. Xilinx is a principal member of IEEE P802.3ae 10Gb Ethernet Task Force, working closely with leading networking system and IC developers on current and future versions of the standard to ensure interoperability. Additionally, Xilinx continues to provide interoperability through its unique industry partnerships. Using the reprogrammable Xilinx platform FPGA, designers will be able to implement pre-standard designs that can be enhanced as the standard matures.
"GigE [1Gb Ethernet] is no longer just for the enterprise," said Tracey Vanik, technical director at RHK, a South San Francisco based market research firm specializing in technologies for the public telecommunications network. "GigE coupled with 10GigE is an alternate to SONET with big benefits -- streamlined provisioning, easier network planning, and reduced cost."
Real PCI-X 100 Core and CSIX Reference Design
Utilizing the performance only available in Virtex-II FPGAs, Xilinx is the first silicon company to ship the 100 MHz PCI-X core to enable designers to utilize bandwidth beyond today's products while allowing for backward compatibility. PCI and PCI-X are vital networking standards commonly used for the control plane of a system. In addition, Xilinx delivers a CSIX-L1 physical interface reference design supporting a 32-bit point-to-point data path at 166 MHz, enabling designers to transfer data between network processors and switch fabric.
HyperTransport, originally developed by AMD and API NetWorks, has over 100 supporting companies and has been adopted by several leading network processor vendors as the interface of choice. Xilinx has been working with API NetWorks for over eight months to develop the only FPGA version of the HyperTransport core and is now announcing the partnership with API and licensing of the core.
"HyperTransport is a high speed, low latency, low pin count interconnect technology designed to enable the chips inside of PCs, networking and communications devices to communicate with each other up to 48 times faster than with existing technologies," said Gabriele Sartori, president of the HyperTransport Technology Consortium. "With the core, Xilinx customers will be able to build an extremely fast connection that complements externally visible bus standards like the Peripheral Component Interconnect (PCI), PCI-X, as well as emerging technologies like InfiniBand and Gigabit Ethernet."
License Price and Availability
The 10 Gigabit Ethernet core, the 100 MHz PCI-X core and the CSIX reference design are available immediately and downloadable over the web. The HyperTransport core will be available by the fourth quarter of 2001. The site license price for the 10 Gigabit Ethernet core and the 100 MHz PCI-X core is $22,000 and $17,995 respectively. The CSIX reference design is available on the Xilinx website at no cost. Licensing information, instructions for downloading the cores, and partner contact information, as well as information on all other Xilinx IP products, can be found on the Xilinx IP Center, http://www.xilinx.com/ipcenter.
Terabit Networking Forum
The free of charge Terabit Networking Forum brings together top networking leaders, including Xilinx, AMCC, Advanced Micro Devices, Compaq, Conexant/Mindspeed, Infineon, Intel, Motorola, Mentor Graphics, Nortel, PMC-Sierra, Vitesse, and Avnet Electronics Marketing. Forum speakers include Jim Pappas of Intel, chair of the Infiniband Trade Association, Siva Ananmalay, VP Optical Switching Product Division of Nortel, and Gabriele Sartori who will provide insights into evolving and next generation connectivity standards as well as applications and silicon solutions for designers. A total of 15 networking experts will discuss a broad array of topics, including 10Gb Ethernet HyperTransport, Infiniband, Packet-Over-Sonet, CSIX, and RapidIO interconnect technologies at the forum.
Xilinx is the leading supplier of complete programmable logic solutions, including advanced integrated circuits, software design tools, predefined system functions delivered as intellectual property cores, and unparalleled field engineering support. Founded in 1984 and headquartered in San Jose, Calif., Xilinx invented the field programmable gate array (FPGA) and fulfills more than half of the world demand for these devices today. Xilinx solutions enable customers to reduce significantly the time required to develop products for the computer, peripheral, telecommunications, networking, industrial control, instrumentation, aerospace, defense, and consumer markets. For more information, visit the Xilinx web site at http://www.xilinx.com/ .
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