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Conduant Announces the SNAP12 Optical FPGA Card for PCI Express Application

By DE Editors

Conduant Corporation has introduced its SNAP12 Optical FPGA input/output board for a 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 5GB per second for 12 lanes in and 12 out simultaneously.

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 8GB of high-speed DDR3 SDRAM 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.

For more information, visit Conduant.

Sources: Press materials received from the company and additional information gleaned from the company’s website.

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