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Using 10-Gbps Transceivers in 40G/100G Applications

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Executive Summary

This white paper identifies the key drivers behind the migration to 100G interfaces, and shows how to leverage the unique ability of FPGAs to implement this high-speed interface. The emerging 40GbE and 100GbE standards for data center and core network systems rely heavily on FPGAs to share those sectors with other protocol infrastructures. In addition to providing an unprecedented amount of resources such as logic, on-chip memory, and DSP blocks, Stratix IV devices are the only FPGA family to enable these 40G/100G designs, which require 10G transceiver data rates with extraordinarily low jitter performance to meet high-speed design requirements.

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