Altera, Innocor Unveil Open-Source Reference Design for SerialLite

2/11/2004 - Altera Corporation (NASDAQ: ALTR) and Innocor announced the immediate availability of an open-source reference design for the SerialLite protocol. Innocor, an Altera Megafunction Partner Program (AMPPSM) member, optimized the SerialLite reference design for Altera’s StratixTM GX devices. The reference design provides designers with a quick solution for applications implementing high-speed serial links on backplanes. The SerialLite reference design is available for free, as open-source Verilog, with an open-source test bench and complete documentation. Key features include a point-to-point serial packet-based protocal, low overhead, and an optional retry-on-error for priority packets, unavailable in any other reference design.

“Leveraging their expertise with communications protocols, Innocor has developed a modular reference design that highlights the scalability of SerialLite,” said Craig Lytle, vice president of the intellectual property business unit at Altera. “This reference design enables designers to implement SerialLite quickly and effectively.”

“We worked closely with Altera to develop the SerialLite open-source reference design which significantly reduces the design time necessary to bring up high-speed serial interfaces,” said Randy Gill, president of Innocor. “Designers can implement SerialLite in Altera’s Stratix GX devices using less than two percent of the available logic—leaving a huge percentage of the device for the designer to work with.”

Pricing and Availability
The SerialLite reference design is available for free and can be downloaded now from both the Altera® website at and the web site at For more information about SerialLite, its applications, and its specification, visit

About Stratix GX Devices
The Stratix GX family is Altera’s second-generation embedded transceiver family and is 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 DPA capability supporting up to 1-Gbps source-synchronous data transfers. For more information about the Stratix GX device family, visit

About Innocor
Innocor is an industry-leading designer of test equipment, development systems and core technology for broadband and legacy telecom applications. Established in 1995, Innocor operates three lines of business: Broadband Test Equipment, Engineering Design Services and FPGA Cores. For more information please 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

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