Arria 10 FPGA and SoC Serial Transceivers

High Bandwidth and Low Power for Reliable Communication

Arria 10® FPGA and SoC serial transceivers offer high bandwidth, low latency, and the lowest power to help you build high-speed communication systems. Whether getting data across a board, distributing data to server blades across a backplane, moving data to the next chassis in a data center, or transporting data across the world through a sophisticated optical transport network, the Arria 10 FPGA and SoC transceivers provide a wide range of capabilities to support an extensive set of protocols and deliver reliable bandwidth with low cost.

Arria 10 FPGA and SoC Transceiver Applications

Arria 10 FPGA and SoC transceivers are well suited for:

  • Remote radio heads
  • Nx100G data transmission
  • Server acceleration
  • 4K video processing
  • Military radar
  • And many more high-bandwidth applications

Built on 20 nm process technology, the Arria 10 FPGAs and SoCs provide over 3.3 Tbps of total serial bandwidth. Arria 10 GX devices offer up to 96 channels at 17.4 Gbps for short-reach applications as well as up to 12.5 Gbps for backplane support. In addition, the Arria 10 GT FPGAs offers data rates up to 25.78 Gbps bringing high-end bandwidth performance into a midrange device.

Arria 10 FPGA and SoC Transceiver Features

The Arria 10 FPGA and SoC transceivers have a versatile feature set to handle a wide range of links and provide error-free link operation, including full-featured physical medium attachment (PMA) and hard physical coding sublayer (PCS) layers. In addition, dedicated PCI Express® (PCIe®) hard intellectual property (IP) blocks provide a full hardened protocol stack to support PCIe Gen1, Gen2, and Gen3x8. The following figure shows the rich set of capabilities that are available to implement high-speed serial links with benefits described in Table 1.

Arria 10 Transceiver Block Diagram

Table 1. Arria 10 FPGA Transceiver Features

Features Capability
Chip-to-chip data rates 125 Mbps to 17.4 Gbps (Arria 10 GX devices)
125 Mbps to 25.78 Gbps (Arria 10 GT devices)
Backplane support Drive backplanes at data rates up to 12.5 Gbps
Optical module support SFP+/SFP, XFP, CXP, QSFP/QSFP28, CFP/CFP2/CFP4
Cable driving support SFP+ Direct Attach, PCIe over cable, eSATA
Transmit pre-emphasis 5-tap transmit pre-emphasis and de-emphasis to compensate for system channel loss.
Dual-Mode Continuous Time Linear Equalizer (CTLE) High-gain and high-data rate mode receiver linear equalization to compensate system channel loss.
Decision Feedback Equalizer (DFE) 11-fixed tap DFEs to equalize backplane channel loss in the presence of crosstalk and noisy environments.
Variable Gain Amplifier (VGA) Broadband amplifier to maximize input dynamic range.
Altera Digital Adaptive Parametric Tuning(ADAPT) All digital adaptation engine to automatically adjust all link equalization parameters—including CTLE, DFE, and VGA blocks—which provide optimal link margin without intervention from user logic.
Precision Signal Integrity Calibration Engine (PreSICE) Hardened calibration controller to quickly calibrate all transceiver calibration parameters on power-up for optimal signal integrity performance.
ATX transmit Phased Locked-Loops (PLLs) Ultra-low jitter LC (inductor-capacitor) transmit PLLs with continuous tuning range to cover a wide range of standard and proprietary protocols.
Clock Mulitpler PLLs (CMU PLL) Ring oscillator-based transmit clock sources for multirate applications.
Fractional PLLs (fPLL) On-chip fractional frequency synthesizers to replace on board crystal oscillators and reduce system cost.
Digitally-assisted hybrid Clock-Data Recovery (CDR) Superior jitter tolerance with fast lock time with independent channel PLL.