Altera Targets Next-Gen 500Gbps-1Tb Optical Transport Networks

Altera, now a part of Intel Corporation, is attending the Optical Fiber Conference at the Anaheim Convention Center, in Anaheim, CA, from March 22-24 (Booth #2667), to demonstrate how its programmable chips will help equipment makers to design optical transport networks (OTN) for mobile and next-generation data center networks in the face of exploding bandwidth demands. Altera's main solution for OTN is its SoftSilicon® virtual application specific standard products (vASSPs) that combine Altera FPGAs, validated IP, and an application programming interface (API).

Altera FPGAs are built to support the high-performance demands of transport applications, ranging from 100 Gbit/s up to 1 Tbit/s. Altera Stratix® 10 FPGAs, which feature the revolutionary HyperFlex core fabric architecture, Intel's 14 nm Tri-Gate process, and next-generation high-speed transceivers, are ideally suited to support 1Tbit/s OTN systems. Altera's Arria® 10 FPGAs are ideal for OTN systems with a capacity up to 400Gbit/s.

Altera will discuss with attendees its path to 56 Gbps pulse-amplitude modulation (PAM)4 transceivers for next-generation switches and routers in Stratix 10 FPGAs and SoCs. 56G PAM4 transceivers enable data center and cloud computing applications to operate at faster speeds and with greater cost efficiencies.

FPGAs Enable Next Gen-Networks, Data Centers Interconnect and Mobile Fronthaul

Next-generation metro/regional networks are extremely diverse environments supporting residential, mobile, enterprise, and data center services. Enabled by the flexible programming capability and the processing power of Altera FPGAs operators can address the growing demand for flexible, customized, and high-bandwidth business and consumer services.

Big Data Centers form the brain of today's cloud based services and this pattern will become more dominant as Internet of Things (IoT) evolve and expand. These data centers must be interconnected over links with massive capacity, and with low latency, and this generates the need for dedicated Data Center Interconnect (DCI) networks. FPGAs with a high number of very high bandwidth I/Os are ideal for products in this space.

Mobile Fronthaul networks must move massive amounts of information between centralized baseband units (BBU) and remote radio heads (RRH) at the antenna sites in the mobile network. FPGAs can solve the difficult task of delivering very high capacity under stringent latency requirements, in a domain where product standards are under constant change.

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