Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Altera's FPGAs Interoperate Directly with 40G Avago Optical Modules

Altera Corporation announced the interoperability of its Stratix IV GT FPGAs with 40G Quad Small Form-Factor Pluggable (QSFP) optical modules from Avago Technologies providing 40 Gbps data rates across a single link of fiber-optic cable.

QSFP is the next-generation hot-pluggable interface for high-performance switches, routers, servers and host bus adapters used in computing and telecommunication applications. The interface is currently the industry's most compact, 4-high-speed-channel, Z-axis pluggable interface supporting data rates up to 40 Gbps (4 lanes x 10 Gbps).

Altera's Stratix IV GT FPGA's 11.3-Gbps transceivers connect directly to the 40G QSFP optical module without the need of bridging chips.