12/9/2002 - Xilinx, Inc. (NASDAQ:XLNX) announced that Emulex Corporation leveraged Xilinx Design Services (XDS) to architect the industry's first 10 Gigabit-per-second (Gbps) Fibre Channel technology. The demonstration, which was recently demonstrated at Fall Comdex 2002, featured the delivery of 10Gbps protocol compliant data streams over optical cabling utilizing Emulex ASIC, firmware, and driver technology. Xilinx Design Services helped develop the design using Xilinx Virtex®-II Platform FPGAs to create an industry standard XGMII compliant parallel data interface.
"Xilinx Design Services has been instrumental in helping us to demonstrate 10Gbps Fibre Channel technology," said Mike Smith, executive vice president of Worldwide Marketing at Emulex. "The flexible Virtex-II Platform FPGA logic enabled us to implement the XGMII interface to communicate with external serdes while being compliant with the Fibre Channel protocol."
"Emulex is on the leading edge of developing 10Gbps technology, and we are pleased to offer the necessary FPGA design expertise and resources to help Emulex deliver the industry's first 10Gbps Fibre Channel technology demonstration," said Dave DeMarinis, director of Xilinx Design Services. "The development of 10Gbps technology for both Fibre Channel and iSCSI SANs is critical to enabling the next phase of link bandwidth."
Today's news underscores Xilinx's commitment to lead the industry move from parallel to high-speed serial I/O through its Serial Tsunami initiative. Emulex's demonstration features a custom designed circuit board that utilizes a Xilinx Virtex-II FPGA to create an industry standard XGMII compliant parallel data interface. Xilinx Design Services also supports customers interested in implementing emerging serial designs such as Serial RapidIOTM, XAUI, PCI Express. For more information regarding Xilinx Serial Tsunami solutions, visit www.xilinx.com/serialsolution.
For both Fibre Channel and iSCSI storage area networks, the next generation technology is 10Gbps which is designed to provide five times the bandwidth of today's 2Gbps Fibre Channel SANs and ten times the bandwidth of gigabit Ethernet-based iSCSI. The 10Gbps Fibre Channel protocol is specified to support switched fabrics, which is a critical requirement for SAN deployment.
About Xilinx Design Services
Xilinx Design Services augments customer design teams with industry experts in FPGA design techniques and programmable logic solutions such as systems architecture consulting, hardware engineering, and embedded software design. Led by professionals with proven project management skills, the XDS team of FPGA hardware engineers, embedded software designers, product specialists, and system architects help customers get their products to market faster, more cost-effectively, and with optimal performance. More information about Xilinx Design Services is available at www.support.xilinx.com/xds.
Xilinx, Inc. (NASDAQ: XLNX) is the worldwide leader of programmable logic and programmable system solutions. Additional information about Xilinx is available at www.xilinx.com.
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