Fibre Channel intellectual property (IP) cores have been developed for FPGAs, with the cores presently optimized for Stratix, Stratix GX, Cyclone, and Hardcopy devices. Initial offerings include three cores: a programmable 1-Gb/2-Gb Fibre Channel transport core that provides the Fibre Channel lower PHY layer and MAC layer functions and includes FIFOs and the company's Atlantic interface; a 1-Gb/2-Gb Fibre Channel transport core with Avalon interface that is SOPC Builder ready, allowing users to combine system-level components to create custom designs; and a Fibre Channel B-PORT controller core that eliminates the need for software overhead and is suitable for Fibre Channel bridging, including Fibre Channel over SONET or over Ethernet. Pricing for the 1-Gb/2-Gb Fibre Channel Transport IP core starts at $30,000 for an optimized netlist. (The cores were jointly developed with MorethanIP.) For more details, contact ALTERA CORP., San Jose, CA. (408) 544-6397.
Company: ALTERA CORP.
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