Things to come

March 2004
Management Services;Mar2004, Vol. 48 Issue 3, p30
Academic Journal
This article features the ORSPI14 Field Programmable System-on-a-Chip from Lattice Semiconductor Corp. This product integrates Application-Specific Integrated Circuit (ASIC) and Field Programmable Gate-Array (FPGA) technologies. It contains two System-Packet Interface, Level 4, Phase 2 (SPI4.2) interface blocks, a high-speed Quad Data Rate memory controller, 4 channels of 600 Mbps to 3.7 Gigabits per second, and other supporting logic. Connected to the ASIC block is a high performance FPGA with over 16,000 FPGA logic elements plus embedded block random access memory. Lattice claims this product to be the world's most highly-integrated field programmable System-on-a-Chip targeted at line card applications for high-speed communication systems. SPI4.2 is a system-level interface standard that enables the development of flexible and scalable systems for a converged data and telecommunications infrastructure. Published in 2001 by the Optical Internet-working Forum, the SPI4.2 standard supports the transmission of multiple protocols at variable and high-speed data rates. SPI4.2 eliminates proprietary ASIC-based or specialized network processor interfaces traditionally used to support a broad range of data rates and services.


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