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Innovating With a Full Spectrum of 40-nm FPGAs and ASICs With Transceivers

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Executive Summary

Increasing bandwidth requirements for broadband services are driving silicon vendors to use more and more high-speed serial transceivers. Therefore, next-generation applications feature a wide range of data rates, from a few Mbps to hundreds of Gbps, and integrate multiple protocols and services in a single box. Quickly evolving standards like Ethernet plus the need for increasing data rates make high-speed transceivers a major decision criterion. Standard cell ASICs and ASSPs often do not provide the needed flexibility, and the cost and risk are prohibitive for many customers who must keep up with technology innovation.

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