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Achronix Semiconductor has announced Bridge100, a 120Gbps Infiniband-to-Ethernet programmable platform for communications systems designers.

The fully reprogrammable Bridge100 provides an array of 1.5GHz Achronix SPD60 FPGAs, 8GB of additional on-board memory (upgradeable to 32GB), and two 120Gbps communication ports.

The platform offers two 120Gbps bidirectional interfaces; three QSFP connectors on one side; and 12 XFP connectors on the other.

All Speedster high-performance FPGA features are available, including logic, RAMs, multipliers, SerDes, programmable I/Os and the Achronix Picopipe acceleration technology.

The programmable logic takes the form of an array of SPD60s from the Achronix Speedster family of FPGAs – the world’s fastest reprogrammable logic devices, with up to 1.5GHz in fabric performance.

The high datapath bandwidth of each SPD60 (10.3Gbps SerDes) provides more than enough bandwidth to support two 100 Gbps interfaces (Ethernet, Infiniband).

Additional SerDes lanes are used in 60Gbps chip-to-chip links, effectively fusing the SPD60s into one megachip.

Each SPD60 provides up to 273Gbps of raw DDR3 memory bandwidth.

The Bridge100 comes loaded with eight DDR3 modules, a QDRII+ memory, and a Netlogic Search Engine (CAM).

This memory is in addition to the 3.3Mb per SPD60 (30Mb total) embedded in the FPGA devices.

These memory resources are available for packet buffering, classification, scheduling and traffic shaping, and statistics gathering.

The features of the Speedster family (logic performance, SerDes and DDR3 bandwidth) are the foundation for the Bridge100.

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