Conduant Announces the SNAP12 Optical FPGA Card for PCI Express Applications
News Release from:
19 December 2011
Conduant Corporation today introduced its SNAP12 Optical FPGA input/output board for a wide variety of high-speed optical applications. The Conduant SNAP12 Optical FPGA board features a Xilinx Virtex 6 field programmable gate array (FPGA) for connecting ports and devices. Through an 8-lane Gen2 PCI Express interface and SNAP12 optics, the board can achieve performance rates up to 5 Gigabytes (GB) per second for 12 lanes in and 12 out simultaneously.
This high transfer rate is suited to optical communications, data capture, as an interface to data recorders/players and stream-through data processing.
The card is user programmable and comes with a number of initial coding examples. Conduant supplies code blocks for supporting the PCI Express interface and memory management (deep RAM).
The core of Conduant's SNAP12 Optical FPGA Card is the Virtex-6 FPGA from Xilinx. Using the BPI protocol, AES-256 bitstream encryption is supported which protects the FPGA intellectual property from cloning or reverse engineering. The board supports migration to larger, pin-compatible Virtex-6 components as special order items.
Other features of the SNAP12 Optical FPGA Card include 8 GB of high-speed DDR3 SDRAM (synchronous dynamic random access memory) for data caching, FIFOs and rapid data transfer rates.
Each lane of fiber - transmitter or receiver - operates independently so the user can configure the optics as required by the application. The user can develop select optical protocols such as Serial FPDP, Serial Lite II, Aurora, etc.
Conduant built a high degree of flexibility into the SNAP 12 Optical FPGA card as we do with all of our products, said Ken Owens, Conduant founder and CEO. We design our hardware platforms so that users can easily configure protocols and components based on their specific requirements. As experts in PCI Express, we build in the highest speeds available for maximum performance rates in a wide array of applications. Our optical products are just one example of meeting the increasing demands of our customers.
Additional features of the SNAP12 Optical FPGA Card:
• SNAP12 optical transmitters and receivers up to 3.3 Gb/s per channel, 850 nm, (5.0 Gb/s optional)
• Xilinx eFUSE or battery-backed 256-bit AES bitstream encryption
• 20 Green and 8 red user programmable LEDs
• 16 MB Flash
• JTAG interface for programming Flash and debug
Pricing and Availability
Pricing for the SNAP12 Optical FPGA Card starts at $4,990.00 and units are currently available.