10 Gigabit Ethernet Support on iWave’s Zynq UltraScale+ MPSoC SOM

Ethernet continues its unending march to higher and better levels of performance and capability. 10 Gigabit Ethernet (GbE) holds the promise to provide the demanding market needs, increase in performance, and maintain compatibility with its prior variants.

It can address the demanding needs of a high-performance real-time system, cloud computing, a zero-latency transmission system, and a high-performance embedded computing (HPEC). It is also a viable option for high-speed inter-processor and I/O communications.

Solution Offered by iWave

The act of processing the communication protocol stack on a 10 GbE system taxes modern FPGAs that cater to high-speed network applications. Engineers who’re designing the solutions around 10 GbE got a helping hand from the introduction of the Xilinx Zynq UltraScale+ MPSoC. This device family features many Quad A53 Core options, Dual R5 Core options, and GPU support. In addition, this device features Programmable Logic Cells (192K to 1153K LEs) with High-Speed transceivers (16.3 Gbps) in a single chip and rated for the industrial temperature range needed for deployed applications.

Figure 1: Two Zynq UltraScale+ MPSoC are interconnected via 10G SFP. (Image source: iWave)


iWave has implemented Xilinx 10 Gigabit Ethernet Media Access Controller (10GEMAC) inside the Zynq UltraScale+ MPSoC SOM. The Xilinx XAPP1305: PL 10G Ethernet Reference Design is a highly reliable and flexible solution, providing all MAC, PCS, PMA or SGMII functions. In addition to being compliant to the IEEE 802.3-2012 specification, this reference design consists of an encrypted design library, detailed application note, and user configuration GUI software.

Using iWave’s Zynq UltraScale+ MPSoC Development Kit, a customer can easily build a 10G Ethernet Solution with the provided base FPGA reference design. The 10G Ethernet architecture implementation is shown in Figure 2.

Figure 2: 10G Ethernet Zynq UltraScale+ MPSoC Architecture

Go-to-market with the production ready Zynq UltraScale+ MPSoC SOM module to shorten product development time. The SOM is a highly integrated design with full BSP support and 10 years of longevity.

For further information or enquiries please write to mktg@iwavesystems.com.

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Tawfeeq Ahmad leads product marketing at iWave Systems Technologies Pvt. Ltd. With a passion for electronics and an interest in marketing and sales, Tawfeeq aims to help organisations across the globe reduce their development cycles and efficiency in product development through iWave’s range of embedded expertise. With a Bachelors in Electronics and Communication and an MBA in Marketing , Tawfeeq aims to scale iWave Systems to be the global leader as a product engineering organization.

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