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Altera Targets Next-Gen 500Gbps-1Tb Optical Transport Networks
Altera Stratix 10 FPGAs Power Optical Transport Networks Offering Performance, Programmability, and Flexibility to Meet Operators Capacity Needs

SAN JOSE, Calif., March 17, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Altera, now a part of Intel Corporation, is attending the Optical Fiber Conference being held 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, now a part of Intel, will be attending OFC in Anaheim, March 22-24, to demonstrate how its semiconductors known as field programmable gate arrays (FPGAs) enable optical transport networks to achieve new levels of performance and efficiency.


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.

In the Booth Demos:

  • Altera is demonstrating its SoftSilicon CPRI/CPRIm over OTN using Arria 10 FPGAs for wireless fronthaul networks. The silicon and IP are fully integrated and reprogrammable for use in mobile fronthaul solutions, enabling the capacity to address increasing mobile bandwidth needs while meeting the stringent frequency and latency requirements of these networks. 
  • Altera will showcase how its silicon and IP advancements help address new OTN standards. Altera FPGAs reduce the size and power requirements for OTN designs, which gives system vendors the design flexibility crucial in meeting evolving standards including FlexE, FlexO, and B100G. 

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.

"Driven by a growth in mobile use and high bandwidth demand, OTN network link capacity is expanding rapidly," said Erhaan Shaikh, vice president, and general manager, Business Divisions, Intel Programmable Solutions Group. "With current design opportunities in the massive 500G-1Tb range, Intel along with its new PSG division is shaping the future of OTN, enabling customers to address time-to-market, cost and power challenges while delivering the network capacity of the future."

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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Editor Contact:
Karin Taylor
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Intel Programmable Solutions Group 
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Altera® programmable solutions enable designers of electronic systems to rapidly and cost effectively innovate, differentiate and win in their markets. Altera offers FPGAs, SoCs, CPLDs, ASICs and complementary technologies, such as power management, to provide high-value solutions to customers worldwide.

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