Xilinx Introduces 1 and 2 Gbps Fibre Channel SAN Solution

6/25/2004 - In a move that broadens the FPGA leader's strength in the storage area network (SAN) market, Xilinx, Inc. (NASDAQ: XLNX) announced the immediate availability of a new Fibre Channel intellectual property core for Virtex-II ProTM devices operating at 1Gbps, 2Gbps or dual 1Gbps/2Gbps rates. The new solution has successfully completed interoperability and standards conformance testing at the University of New Hampshire's Interoperability Lab (UNH IOL), making it the FPGA industry's premier Fibre Channel offering. The Company is executing on its roadmap to provide the SAN market with complete Fibre Channel Solutions at 1, 2 and 4 Gbps.

With the introduction of the Fibre Channel LogiCORE, Xilinx now offers support for all the major serial connectivity standards, including Advanced Switching, PCI Express, Gigabit Ethernet, XAUI, 10G Ethernet and Serial RapidIO. It also allows Xilinx to support the protocols for the entire PICMG 3.0 data transport specification*. The collective benefit to systems designers is the availability of flexible, rigorously-tested IP solutions that enable product development with highly integrated, multiple protocol design support specifically developed to accelerate product development.

"Fibre Channel continues to be the storage industry's most widely accepted high-performance I/O standard in applications such as servers, disk arrays and SAN gateways," said Mark Aaldering, vice president of the IP Solutions Division at Xilinx. "By supporting proven, reliable IP for Fibre Channel in the context of an FPGA-based solution, Xilinx is offering a new level of flexibility and efficiency for product developers in these markets."

"The addition to the SAN space of a company with Xilinx's depth will enhance development of high performance interoperable solutions," said Stephen Schaeffer, manager of the Fibre Channel Consortium at UNH-IOL, "especially given Xilinx's history of attention to, and support of, testing of both standards compliance and interoperability."

Fibre Channel Core Availability
Fibre Channel is a high performance interface designed to bring speed and flexibility to multiple disk drive storage systems. It is widely considered to be the defacto standard for implementing Storage Area Networks (SANs) and provides versatile connectivity with scalable performance. The Xilinx core is designed to the ANSI INCITS X3-230-1994 (R1999), X3-297-1997 (R2002), X3-303-1998 FC-PH and T11-FC-FS (v1.9) specifications, and supports FC-0, FC-1 and part of FC-2.

Xilinx's Fibre Channel core (DO-DI-FC) is immediately available for the U.S. list price of $18,000. The core is delivered through the Xilinx Core Generator tool in the Xilinx ISE design environment. Deliverables include Verilog and VHDL simulation support, timing constraint files, sample compile scripts to aid in implementation, as well as a variety of application reference design and development board options and world-class technical support.

Xilinx's High-speed Serial Solutions
The Xilinx Serial Tsunami initiative accelerates the industry shift from parallel to serial I/O signaling technologies with next-generation connectivity solutions that support line rates from 622Mbps to 10Gbps and beyond. Xilinx's high performance Virtex-II Pro series of FPGAs deliver advanced features, including IBM PowerPCTM processors immersed within the industry's leading FPGA fabric, multi-gigabit RocketIOTM serial transceivers, and cutting-edge embedded design tools, combined with a suite of IP cores. This comprehensive solution addresses the broad range of connectivity requirements across the entire line to the backplane. More information about Xilinx's high-speed serial solutions is available at http://www.xilinx.com/serialsolution.

About Xilinx
Xilinx is the worldwide leader in complete programmable logic solutions. For more information, visit www.xilinx.com.

*PICMG (PCI Industrial Computer Manufacturers Group) is a consortium of over 600 companies who collaboratively develop open specifications for high performance telecommunications and industrial computing applications. It is developing of a new series of specifications, called AdvancedTCATM, for next-generation telecommunications equipment, with a new form factor based on switched fabric architectures. The PICMG 3.X family of specifications is targeted to requirements for the next generation of carrier grade communications equipment. This series of specifications incorporates the latest trends in high-speed interconnect technologies, next generation processors and improved reliability, manageability and serviceability

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