Altera Transceiver-Based FPGAs Support New High-Speed System Design Standard

1/23/2003 - Altera Corporation (NASDAQ: ALTR) and Motorola Computer Group, a part of Motorola, Inc. (NYSE: MOT), announced that Altera's StratixTM GX and MercuryTM FPGAs support the recently-approved CompactPCI Serial Mesh Backplane (CSMB) specification, a design standard that is intended to facilitate the development of high-bandwidth systems for enterprise, network edge, and next-generation telecom networks. Proposed and pioneered by Motorola Computer Group, CSMB is a point-to-point serial interconnect scalable to more than 700Gb/s that was ratified by the PCI Industrial Computer Manufacturers Group (PICMG) as PICMG 2.20. Motorola's MXP3321 Multi-Service Packet Transport Platform (MXP) product, which addresses the need for telecom OEMs to handle different types of traffic over different networks, relies on Altera FPGAs to provide the high-speed link defined by the CSMB specification.

"Altera's position as the leading innovator of FPGAs integrating high-speed transceiver and clock-data recovery (CDR) technology made them the natural choice for the first CSMB-compliant platform," said Jeff Rhodes, business manager at Motorola Computer Group. "Stratix GX FPGAs will allow our MXP platform to achieve even higher transmission speeds, further demonstrating the efficacy of the CSMB specification."

Altera programmable logic device (PLD) flexibility enables customization to support a wide range of protocols on the line cards in systems that support PICMG 2.20. The next-generation MXP platform will be powered by Altera's Stratix GX family, which offers devices ranging from four to 20 high-speed serial channels at speeds up to 3.125 Gbps and very low power consumption per channel. The Stratix GX family fits the bill in scaling up to a full, high-speed chassis or scaling down to the minimum requirement for a single line card. These devices are available from Altera for any company that wants to develop products that support the PICMG 2.20 specification.

"Motorola's MXP3321 demonstrates that the CSMB standard is a compelling solution for telecom equipment manufacturers," said Arun Iyengar, director of the wireless business unit at Altera. "Altera pioneered the combination of high-speed transceivers, clock-data recovery circuitry, and programmable logic specifically to support flexible, bandwidth-intensive applications like this."

About Stratix GX FPGAs
The Stratix GX family is Altera's second-generation embedded transceiver family based on a 0.13-micron process technology with 1.5-V core voltage. Stratix GX devices have up to 20 embedded 3.125-Gbps transceivers and up to 45 differential I/O pins with dedicated dynamic phase alignment (DPA) capability supporting up to 1-Gbps source-synchronous data transfers. Stratix GX devices also offer up to 41,250 logic elements (LEs), 3.27 Mbits of TriMatrixTM memory, 14 DSP blocks, eight phase locked loops (PLLs), TerminatorTM technology for impedance matching, and signal integrity and advanced I/O buffers capable of interfacing with high-speed memory devices such as DDR SDRAM, QDR SRAM, QDR II SRAM, ZBT SRAM, DDR FCRAM and SDR SRAM devices. More technical information about the Stratix GX device family is available at

About Mercury FPGAs
Mercury devices provide up to 18 channels of 1.25-Gbps CDR transceiver support for a maximum CDR bandwidth of 45 Gbps, up to 14,400 logic elements, and up to 114,000 RAM bits, in compact FineLine BGATM packages. Mercury CDR transceivers enable support for high-speed serial backplane applications or for high data rate communication standards such as Gigabit Ethernet. For source-synchronous differential signaling, Mercury devices offer two solutions: the True-LVDTM solution for high-speed channels and dedicated serializer/deserializers, and the Flexible-LVDSTM solution for a fully scalable, 100-channel flexible solution. In addition, Mercury devices provide the ability to interface to advanced memories such as double data rate (DDR) SDRAMs, zero bus turnaround (ZBT) SRAMs, and quad data rate (QDR) SRAMs. Mercury devices also feature a flexible quad-port RAM mode in the enhanced embedded system blocks (ESBs) to enable complex memory-intensive functions. For more information about Mercury devices, visit

About Altera
Altera Corporation (NASDAQ: ALTR) is the world's pioneer in system-on-a-programmable-chip (SOPC) solutions. Combining programmable logic technology with software tools, intellectual property, and technical services, Altera provides high-value programmable solutions to approximately 14,000 customers worldwide. More information is available at

About the MXP Platform
The MXP3000 multi-service packet transport family is the first "converged" platform that combines many of the existing PICMG standards into a single platform that does not utilize the CompactPCI bus. This system comprises a combination of PICMG 2.0 "Core Specification", PICMG 2.1 "Hot Swap Specification", PICMG 2.9 "System Management Specification", PICMG 2.16 "Packet Backplane Specification" and the recently ratified PICMG 2.20 "CompactPCI Serial Mesh Backplane Specification". Support of these standards will provide the basis for a wide portfolio of MCG and partner solutions. By including the 2.20 serial mesh capability inherent to the MXP series, the platform has the ability to support network bearer traffic applications requiring high throughput. This architecture is truly a multi-service platform that will support a wide range of telecommunications network applications.

About Motorola
Motorola Computer Group, a business unit of the Motorola Integrated Electronic Systems Sector (IESS), is leading the innovation of intelligent building blocks for standards-based embedded computing. These building blocks include open-architecture hardware, rich software and application-ready platforms that enable equipment manufacturers to quickly and cost-effectively embed leading-edge functionality into their next-generation systems. By working with Motorola, manufacturers of telecommunications, industrial automation, medical imaging, and defense and aerospace equipment can rapidly develop and deploy the systems upon which they build their applications. For more than 20 years Motorola has driven industry standards and pioneered technologies based on them and the company continues to support its customers over the long term by providing clear migration paths allowing applications to evolve with the advancements in technology. More information can be found at

Motorola, Inc. (NYSE: MOT) is a global leader in providing integrated communications and embedded electronic solutions. Sales in 2001 were $30 billion. For more information, please visit:

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