XILINX: OPEN PROTOCOL INITIATIVE FOR SCALABLE SERIAL CONNECTIVITY.
Xilinx, Inc. (NASDAQ NASDAQ
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baud rate - baud of up to 50 Gbps. The protocol allows designers of next generation communication and computing systems to achieve higher connectivity performance while preserving software infrastructure investments. Xilinx will discuss the protocol in detail and demonstrate the protocol using Xilinx Virtex-II Pro FPGAs at Programmable World 2002. For complete event program and registration information, visit www.xilinx.com.
"With parallel architectures limited in terms of bandwidth and pin counts, serial system interconnects are increasingly becoming the norm. What once was an exotic technology is now a key requirement", said Chuck Byers, Bell Labs Fellow, Supply Chain Networks, Lucent Technologies. "Aurora's bandwidth scalability is invaluable to telecom network element designers such as Lucent, since it allows us to tailor the interconnect bandwidth to the specific application need."
Aurora is the first protocol to provide a transparent interface to upper layers of proprietary or industry standard protocols, such as Ethernet or TCP/IP TCP/IP
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Standard Internet communications protocols that allow digital computers to communicate over long distances. , allowing any data packet to be encapsulated and sent between chips, boards and boxes. Xilinx has discussed the protocol under non-disclosure agreements A non-disclosure agreement (NDA), also called a confidential disclosure agreement (CDA), confidentiality agreement or secrecy agreement, is a legal contract between at least two parties that outlines confidential materials or knowledge the parties with several key customers, resulting in considerable interest. In the spirit of an open standard, the protocol has also been proposed to several industry standards bodies Following are some of the standards bodies defined in this database. For Windows users of CDE, look up Lessons/Review/Associations. For Web users of CDE's online HTML version, review the Lessons list at the bottom of the definition.
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"With Xilinx FPGAs adopted more and more for system level integration, our customers have increasingly requested a silicon efficient and scalable serial connectivity protocol," said Rich Sevcik, senior vice president and general manager at Xilinx. "With the Aurora open protocol initiative, we invite other industry leaders to join us in creating innovative solutions for our mutual customers thereby helping them to achieve significant cost savings and faster time-to-market."
The Aurora link layer protocol uses gigabit serial technology at the physical layer and scales from 622 Mbps to 3.125 Gbps per physical channel. Further, Aurora can aggregate from one to sixteen physical channels together into channel bonded virtual links. A sixteen-channel link provides a baud rate of 50 Gbps and a maximum data transfer rate of 40 Gbps full duplex (Computers) arranged so that the information may be transmitted in both directions simultaneously; - of communications channels between computers; contrasted with