The Wireline Infrastructure market continues to see strong growth driven by the need for conventional and advanced services for voice and data. This results in an increased shift towards multi-protocol convergence with packet based networks to support new as well as various legacy services.
Figure: Network Topology
Ethernet is the most commonly used protocol in the wireline market. The various ethernet formats include Fast Ethernet (10Mbps / 100Mbps), Gigabit Ethernet (1Gbps), and 10 Gigabit Ethernet or XAUI (10Gbps). The LatticeECP3 and LatticeECP2M devices with SERDES/PCS blocks in a low-cost FPGA fabric provide the ideal low-cost bridging solution to various Ethernet switching ICs. The LatticeSC/M devices with the SERDES/flexiPCS blocks and the embedded MACO blocks provide an ideal platform for developing bridging solutions to various Ethernet switching ICs.
PCI Express (Peripheral Component Interconnect Express) is a high performance, scalable, well defined standard for a wide variety of computing and communications platforms. It has been defined to provide software compatibility with existing PCI drivers and operating systems. Lattice provides customers with low-cost and low-power programmable solutions that are ready-to-use right out of the box. The LatticeECP3 and LatticeECP2M devices with the SERDES/PCS blocks in a mid-range FPGA fabric provides one of the industry's lowest-cost and lowest-power programmable PCI Express bridging solution. The LatticeSC/M devices with the SERDES/PCS blocks and the embedded MACO technology provide an ideal platform for developing bridging solutions.
SONET/SDH (Synchronous optical networking/ Synchronous Digital Hierarchy) are standardized multiplexing protocols that transfer multiple digital bit streams over optical fiber using lasers or light-emitting diodes (LEDs). Lower rates can also be transferred via an electrical interface. Due to SONET's protocol neutrality and transport-oriented features, SONET was the obvious choice for transporting Asynchronous Transfer Mode (ATM) frames. The LatticeECP3 and LatticeSC devices are ideal for backplane and chip-to-chip applications, SONET framers and bridging solutions.