Altera Transceiver Signal Integrity Development Kit, Stratix V GT Edition

Description of product


The Altera® Stratix® V GT Transceiver Signal Integrity (SI) Development Kit provides a platform for electrical compliance testing and interoperability analysis. The accessibility to multiple channels allows for real-world analysis as implemented in the system with transceiver channels available through SMA and popular backplane connectors. You can use this development kit to perform the following tasks:

  • Evaluate transceiver link performance up to 28 Gbps
  • Generate and check pseudo-random binary sequence (PRBS) patterns via a simple to use GUI (does not require the Quartus® II software)
  • Access advanced equalization to fine tune link settings for optimal bit error ratio (BER)
  • Perform jitter analysis
  • Verify physical media attachment (PMA) interoperability with Stratix V GT FPGAs for targeted protocols, such as CEI-25/28G, CEI-11G, PCI Express® (PCIe®) Gen 3.0, 10GBASE-KR, 10 Gigabit Ethernet, XAUI, CEI-6G, Serial RapidIO® , HD-SDI, and others
  • Use the built-in high speed backplane connectors to evaluate custom backplane performance and evaluate link BER

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    Configuration status and set-up elements

    • JTAG
    • On-board USB-BlasterTM
    • Fast passive parallel (FPP) configuration via MAX® II device and flash memory
    • Two configuration file storage
    • Temperature measurement circuitry (die and ambient temperature)


    • 50 MHz, 125 MHz, programmable oscillators (preset values: 624 MHz, 644.5 MHz, 706.25 MHz, and 875 MHz)
    • SMA connectors for supplying an external differential clock to transceiver reference clock
    • SMA connectors for supplying an external differential clock to the FPGA fabric
    • SMA connectors to output a differential clock from the FPGA's phase-locked loop (PLL) output pin

    General user input/output

    • 10-/100-/1000-Mbps Ethernet PHY (RGMII) with RJ-45 (copper) connector
    • 16x2 character LCD
    • One 8-postion dipswitch
    • Eight user LEDs
    • Four user pushbuttons

    Memory devices

    • 128-megabyte (MB) sync flash memory (primarily to store FPGA configurations)

    High speed serial interfaces

    • Four full-duplex GTB (28.05 Gbps) transceiver channels routed to MMPX connectors
    • Seven full-duplex GXB (12.5 Gbps) transceiver channels routed to SMA connectors
      • Short trace routed on a micro-strip
      • Six strip-line channels from the with all the trace lengths are matched across channels
    • 21 full-duplex GXB transceiver channels routed to backplane connector
      • Seven channels to Molex® Impact® connector
      • Seven channels to Amphenol® XCede®
      • Seven channels to footprint of Tyco Strada® Whisper® (connector is not populated)


    • Laptop DC input
    • Voltage margining

    Stratix V GX Transceiver Signal Integrity Development Board Block Diagram