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Altera’s SerialLite III MegaCore® function intellectual property (IP) continues to scale with today's demand for more bandwidth and higher performance needs. SerialLite III is a simple, low latency, scalable protocol for high-bandwidth serial data transfer applications. SerialLite III offers a simple connectivity design that enables rapid point-to-point data transfers across various transmission media, including Printed Circuit Board (PCB), backplane, copper cabling, and fiber optics.

Performance and Productivity


Performance Productivity
  • Data efficiency rated as high as 95%
  • Over 300 Gbps of aggregate bandwidth for current and emerging applications (up to 24 lanes)
  • Low latency data transfers (< 250 ns: TX + RX)
  • AC and DC coupling allows flexibility to tune lane(s) for improved bit error rates
  • 15% IP core timing margin accelerates full design timing closure
  • OpenCore Plus feature allows you to test drive IP for free and without a license
  • Fully integrated SerialLite III IP includes media access control (MAC), physical coding sublayer (PCS), and physical medium attachment (PMA) layers for ease of FPGA IP integration

The SerialLite III Streaming MegaCore function includes Altera’s technology leading transceivers PMA, PCS, and MAC layers. The PCS and PMA layers are hardened within the Stratix® V and Arria® V devices saving customers from 20% to 50% of FPGA logic resources. In addition to resource savings, the hardened PCS/PMA functionality enables much easier timing closure for all types of designs. The SerialLite III protocol was designed to provide the necessary reliability, low latency and overhead, and scalability to ensure that data is transferred in the most efficient and robust manner to maintain low bit error rates required by today’s systems.

For more information, please contact your local Altera sales representative or email SLIII@altera.com.

Altera’s SerialLite III Streaming MegaCore function features and benefits:

Data rate: up to 14.1 Gbps Maximizes platform flexibility to increase bandwidth and ensures scalability over time
Multi-lane configuration: up to 24 lanes
Simplex and full duplex operations Flexible data handling and small core size enables use with multiple applications and improves overall system performance
Hardened resource utilization advantage
Low latency data transfer (< 250 ns: TX + RX)
Minimized transmission overhead (< 4%)
64B/67B encoding/decoding scheme Reliable data transmission and error monitoring/reporting for unexpected failures or glitches. Low bit error rate performance over multiple media (DC or AC coupling supported for optimal BER tuning)
Error detection and health monitoring
Tunable pre-emphasis and equalization settings

Figure 1. Altera SerialLite III Streaming MegaCore Function– Typical Application Block Diagram

Altera's SerialLite III Streaming MegaCore function is supported on the following device families:

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